Friday, January 30, 2015
We've had three sessions so far. Frosty is a mare. Sorry, don't know too much about her background - I should. She is far more sensitive than Jessie. We've been doing a lot more desensitizing. She has some very quick moves and has dumped a few people over the years. I'm quite interested to see how her training progresses compared to Jessie's training. My goal is to see if I can get her as bombproof as Jessie. I think this could be quite a challenge. It will demonstrate to me the differences between horse personalities and training. I'm excited by the thought of discover.
Frosty has had a good amount of training from some trainers in town. The owner has taken her to a couple of clinics. She doesn't get ridden very much and with any horse that can be a challenge.
Today we started with a little desensitizing, then went to lunging. First, Stage One, then Stage Two. She has a nice little roll back. She is a smaller horse and I can see her quickness from the ground.
Last work out we tried the run-up-and-rub exercise, and while we were mildly successful, I went back to the head-shy exercise. I must have worked on this as an exercise between impulsion exercises three times for a total of 30 minutes. By the end of the session, I think she was connecting with it.
I also liked the reaction I got to the throw-the-rope-to-a-stop exercise. Frosty's back end would kick out and she would step her shoulders toward me. That just gave us something to work on. I was able to see improvement going to the left. The right, not so much.
I'm hoping to work with her tomorrow and Sunday. I have no thoughts of riding her for the future. I am trying to keep the thought of "I'll know when to ride her, when I know she can be ridden safely."