Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
Do you remember in the beginning I asked if you ever enjoyed any of the time you spent with your horse? I don't have to ask now. That's a HUGE progression!
I remember and there was a couple others who asked as well. I still enjoyed my time with my mare a month ago and prior, just not on the level I am right now because we have move on with old stuff (ground work) and onto new stuff.
I was so caught up in correcting her on a daily basis that I wasnt able to work with her on new and exciting stuff.
I will still do groundwork for her on occasion but it wont be a weekly thing. Over the past month, Ive done ground work with her maybe once or twice. Lunging can probably be no more than a monthly thing and 10mins at most for both sides. At the old barn, there would be boarders who would lunge their horse for an hour, I just dont see the point.
I really do believe that because my past trainers and I have done so much ground work with her, that shes been ground work and lunged to death. Like many on here said, it was just stale for her and she needed a mental refocus on something entirely new and exciting.
That is why Im so glad to finally be able to move on and teach her new stuff like Ive been doing. New stuff but most imporantly, Im giving her days off where I dont even interfact with her. I cant remember who it is but to the person who said that by haltering her everyday, it achieves nothing and benefits her or I nothing and that she needs days where I dont ask of anything from her. Its once I was told this was when I really changed in terms of how often I see my mare.
I still want to eventually get into obstacles with her and introduce her to new objects like a big rolling ball. Infact one of the girls today had one in the barn today and was using it with her mare and it was a big colour ball and when my mare saw it while being tied, she snorted because she is completely unknown to balls.
Do I want to eventually be able to back up with her in between two poles? Of course!
But the most ironic thing of this all, is the fact that Ive learned this much over the past couple months, and have progressed and actively persued this much action into my plan, that my trainer doesnt know about most of it, in terms of what ive learned and implemented. 99% has come from you guys.:)
I have done TWO lessons with my trainer and my mare, TWO. Thats in two months. Thats nothing. Yes she still managed to teach me a lot in those two lessons, mostly in terms of what methods Ive learned from past trainers to get rid of and what to start doing. But on a day to day progression standpoint, everything has come from you guys.
My trainer knew about the unhaltering issue, and she knows that its been addressed.
She knew about the leading away from me issue, and a month later she still doesnt know that its been addressed.
She doesnt know the 3 things that I just started working on with my mare or how I eventually want to teach her to come to me when called in the field.
She doesnt know how I want to eventually introduce her to new objects and do excersizes like backing up through two poles.
I think (in fact I have a very strong feeling) that she just thinks I come to the barn to brush her, clean her feet and thats it. But nope, its the little things that im teaching her, and brushing is just extra.
I just find it ironic thats all.