Standing Patiently - how long does it take?
So, my new mare (Had her about 2 months) is proving to be a great fit for me, but I've found something I definitely need to work on. She has good manners, leads well, isn't pushy (except as described below), was started well, had really good training from an old-timer that laid a great foundation, and then was used for barrels (flunked out of that due to not enough "fire"), and then used as trail horse since then. She's NOT the nervous type, rarely spooks, and when she does she spooks in place (I've only experienced it twice). She's 12, and has been fairly consistently used, and was even loaned to a friend of the owners to be used at a small Colorado dude ranch for a summer. So, I have every reason to believe she knows how to stand quietly and just needs a refresher course.
Anyway, with the great weather I've been tying her outside the past few times, and she's been a pill. It's minor jigging when I'm close. Some pawing and swinging from side to side while left standing. Nothing aggressive and no huge movements... no big pulling back or scary drama, but it needs to stop. Now. I'm on a mission.
The BO is going to help me by tying her while she's there. I'll go when I can and reinforce it as well. With her history, what type of a timeline am I likely on? If she can only be tied for 2 or 3 hours at a time will that be enough?
I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -