April 02, 2015
Turn that Rear Around
Dani was much calmer when I went out the next time. I think her issues were with the new horse. Still I want to get back into regular groundwork with her since it helps us both. I worked her in the round pen on her long line at the trot. I've noted that she doesn't turn into me as quickly on her off side so the long line worked well to help me alert her to me signal of stepping and backing. She got much better. I'll probably continue this a few times before a full on round pen exercise, I want to instill in her that as soon as I step to the side and back that she is to turn inwards on the circle.
The next disengaging of the hindquarters exercise is more of a salute. You make a stalking type circle towards the horses hindquarters and tap with the stick in the air counting 1-4 to make them turn quickly and face you. The first couple of times you have to whack the horse on the butt at the 4th count to get them to understand. Then you rub them on the face and butt. Then you ask again. Dani learned it quickly at least with minimal whacks on her butt.
The I decide to grab a tumbleweed and attach it to the stick so I could make it "scary" in various places around the round pen. Nothing phased her! The tumbleweed crawled up her leg and onto her head. It wiggled and quickly moved from where it was laying peacefully. I tried to make it like a darting animal and Dani just blinked. Really? Now how am I gonna get her prepared for the real world killer tumbleweed if she doesn't even take this seriously?