Lil' Miss Attitude!

This beautiful 6 year old sorrel mare was rescued from the Yakima Feedlot on 12/13/05. She had a halter that was severely embedded into her jowls, poll and nose.

Lil' Miss Attitude!

Postby Juliane on Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:07 pm

Patience and I played tonight.... and she showed me that she is definitely no longer fearful of me! We had a quick round pen session after Ally worked with her on some ground manners. Once I felt Patience was warmed up and ready, I mounted up.

She acted green and 'stuck' as I was asking her to move out. So, I asked Ally to come in the round pen and stand in the center to help give Patience the reinforcement commands to move forward when I was asking and she seemed confused.

This worked very well and I was SO excited because we had our first trotting session under saddle. What a smooth trot she has! We worked for about 20 minutes, walking, trotting, halting and reversing. What a good girl!

However, as darkness fell, I made the decision to end on a good note after just one more lap around. So, we're trotting along, things are going great, and out of no where, Patience decides we are done NOW and bucks me off. This isn't the full fledged, fearful, terrified type of bucking she'd done in the past, but instead, it was her displaying an attitude.

Wowsers! Once I was up on my feet again, I round penned her some more, making her move out with much more energy than before. After just a few moments, I pulled her up and mounted up again. This time, I worked with her on hindquarter yielding from the saddle and giving to the bit.

Then I asked her to move out, with much more force and effort than before. No more tip-toeing around her! Goodness! Luckily, she decided not to show any more attitude as we trotted around a few more times in each direction before calling it quits.

I have mixed feelings about tonight... I am very bummed that she bucked - as she hasn't bucked since last May. However, I am grateful that her buck was out of attitude and not fear. I am not nearly as worried about fixing this bucking problem!! In fact, I think I am looking forward to butting heads with her ;)

Ally, Jessica and I are going to work with the horses tomorrow. We are going to take them up to the arena at Mt. Si Stables and use the indoor round pen. I am hopeful that Ms. Patience will be more willing to see things my way! LOL



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Postby AgilityGal on Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:27 am

Happy to see her walking out. Very happy to see a helmet on your head! Working with green and rehab horses requires extra caution.
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Postby shellyr on Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:43 am

I noticed in your post that you said right before she bucked you off, you had made the decision to end on a good note, right after one more lap. Maybe Patience picked up on the vibe that you were done, and then when you decided to do one more lap, she protested. I think horses are VERY perceptive, and pick up on our thoughts before we take action. My gelding that is my main riding horse can read my mind at times. For instance, I will have him out free lunging, and THINK to myself I'm going to call him in when he goes past my shoulder. Before I even turn to call him in, he turns and comes in just as soon as he passed my shoulder. Either he read my mind, or he picked up on some vibration that I didn't know I had put out there. These horses are always amazing to play with, but you have to be so careful what you think. If I think "I hope he isn't hyper today".......he usually is. I'm trying to train myself to think "I know he is going to be so calm and cooperative today." :D

Either way though, Miss Patience needs to learn to have some patience, and respect your leadership.
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:48 pm

Isn't it just a beautiful girl's perogative, to have a bit of attitude? She is the Princess, you know.
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Postby Altanera on Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:26 pm

She is so cute. Again Nala will be perfect and I think just a but more than she will pull something. I swear I am never doing just one more time again. :lol:
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