Time to see what she knows!

19-20 year old 13.1h Paint mare was saved from the Yakima Feedlot in March 2006. Is scared of humans and needs to build confidence, love and trust. Entering training in May 2006.

Time to see what she knows!

Postby Juliane on Wed May 10, 2006 10:00 pm

Emma and I worked together tonight to figure out what she does and doesn't know. She was easier to catch tonight, though I still needed Natalie's help. I'm hoping this won't be the case too much longer :) I was able to lead her out of the pasture, all the way to the round pen with MUCH less nervousness and snorting. She was such a good girl :)

Once inside the round pen, I brushed her down, working primarily on getting her to allow me to touch her legs. I didn't ask her to pick them up, I just wanted to run my hands up and down them. She was very nervous, but tried extremely hard to stand still. In the end, I was able to touch her front legs easily. I didn't try the back legs yet. After that, I brushed her down. She was jumpy, but allowed me to brush everywhere :) I was very proud of her.

Then, I put a bareback pad on her to see how she'd do with something around her girth. She was very good and almost seemed like a "been there, done that" type of gal. She had no problems with it being on, even buckled fairly snug.

At this point, I picked up the lunge whip - her head immediately went up, her eyes widened and her nostrils flared. Poor girl. I reassured her, then decided to try rubbing her down with the whip. She was pretty scared, but amazingly, stood quietly and politely as I rubbed the whip all over her body.

Then, I asked her to lunge. At first, she seemed confused, but it didn't seem long before she was moving out easily :) What a good girl! She doesn't have much, if any, "whoa", so we'll be working on that :P But other than that, it was a very productive day. I feel so confident in everything we worked on today, I may try saddling her tomorrow to see how she does. :)

Some pics from today:

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