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post #11 of 86 Old 04-17-2014, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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no work last night --- wednesday night church

will do some more tonight when i get home

will need to finish our "homework" from last saturday's lesson before moving on
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post #12 of 86 Old 04-17-2014, 09:40 AM
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I like what you are doing here, jmike!
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post #13 of 86 Old 04-17-2014, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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I like what you are doing here, jmike!
thank you

if you have advice on areas we can work on - it would be appreciated.

i had thought about finishing the groundwork over the next 2-3 months, enough to get DD comfortable to do it alone and unsupervised (that's going to be a hard thing for me to let go of) and then either work through the same things with Whiskey with her help .. or let DD introduce ground obstacles for Dixie while i handle Whiskey myself
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Love your idea of pairing difficult child with difficult horse. Have seen this used in many emotionally damaged children and it works wonders. I wish working with horses was my punishment for having attitude! lol. No I had to do house chores. Hate them.

When I got my horse, my stubborn met mustang stubborn. We butted heads, got frustrated, got angry, but in the end my battle of wills won out and here we are today, obedient horse and "lead mare" rider training for jumping. Stick to it and it pays off =) I have a training thread in jumping subforum of riding if you want to follow.
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Love your idea of pairing difficult child with difficult horse. Have seen this used in many emotionally damaged children and it works wonders. I wish working with horses was my punishment for having attitude! lol. No I had to do house chores. Hate them.

When I got my horse, my stubborn met mustang stubborn. We butted heads, got frustrated, got angry, but in the end my battle of wills won out and here we are today, obedient horse and "lead mare" rider training for jumping. Stick to it and it pays off =) I have a training thread in jumping subforum of riding if you want to follow.

uhh-ohh --- hope i am not teaching her to be more stubborn :p


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It didn't really teach me to fight more. Rather, I had to find a different way of working with her rather than just getting ****ed off. The angrier I got, the angrier she got, which lead to broncing fits, bolting, and all sorts of unpleasant things. Taught me how to be a firm leader rather than getting in people's faces to get what I want. When someone criticizes me unjustly, for example, I will quietly and in a calm tone correct them. Not taking their crap, but also ending rather than instigating. Same with horses. My horse gets two chances to do what I ask, and then a swift snap with the dressage whip. She becomes more sensitive and quicker to respond every day, and I'm having to use my dressage whip less and less.

The other important thing I learned was when to give up and when to stick to it. I'm not a fan of giving up, but I have learned when to quit. ;)
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Day 5

walked out to catch dixie
DD tried to get her to yield to poll pressue and dixie tried to walk off
so DD mary got in front of her and made her stop
and we worked on getting the rope halter on and tying it correctly

without me saying anything -- DD lead her over to our work area for hind/fore quarter yields, and getting her to yield to pressure (pull the lead up to her withers and hold it there until she puts slack in it)

DD had forgotten to get the riding crop, so i sent her back for that
i worked dixie on backing up -- she did great with me
DD's turn to back her up -- dixie was resistant
i showed DD how to back her up with energy
DD got frustrated, but she did not lash out

then we worked on lunging
dixie was very very resistant with DD on this, but she kept her temper and stuck with it

then i wanted my turn :p
i wanted to start pairing voice commands with the different gaits
i figured a slow drawn out "waaallkk" and a quick sharp "trot" would be the way to go
turned out she already knew those commands

i got DD to do some more hind/fore-quarter yields w/ dixie

then we let her go and i spent about 15 minutes with whiskey on lunging and yielding
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Sounds like things are going great there jmike! It sounds like she's learning she can't just flip out every time something goes wrong. Horses are so great for teaching self-control, and also giving a child or teen who might feel a terrible loss of control in their lives something that they can see results with and feel accomplished. Horses are such great teachers because you can't yell or sulk your way into getting them to do what you want.
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things are going great --- wish i was a little more patient

i keep wanting to go ahead to other things, because i am ready for them
but i have to keep reminding myself, this is for her benefit, not mine

since i am working from home today, i won't have to deal with a 1 hour drive home

so we may do our groundwork from 5:30-6:30 and then saddle up for some riding --- i am anxious to see how the groundwork pays off in the saddle

she will be riding gwen, and i will be riding dixie --- and we both are in need of trotting practice --- maybe some trail rides
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post #20 of 86 Old 04-18-2014, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Day 6

did some warm up fore/hind quarter yields and some backing up with Gwen and Dixie for about 10 minutes

then we tacked up and rode for about an hour or so
DD did well trotting -- I would have done better if Dixie wasn't such a butt
she is doing that thing where i try to turn her right and she runs to the left or vice/versa
it was the worst it has ever been
DW equivocated it to a child throwing a fit, and how it is always at its peak when it is being corrected, then all of a sudden the problem will be gone
i am hoping the problem will be gone, but i doubt it

had fun though, my seat has gotten a lot better never got to the point of feeling like i was about to fall

DD did great trotting Gwen, but she is an ex-race horse and her stop button has not been used enough, i figure a few more tune up sessions and she will be easier to handle
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