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haleyhorse77
Dec 01, 2021
Cali and I have been working mostly on ground manners. I have been riding her, but she is pretty good under saddle when at home, but her ground manners are a little rusty! She doe not tie. She sits back, so not only have we been standing tied a lot, but we've been using the hotwalker! She threw a fit when first attached, but after a few minutes she learned that pulling against the pressure doesn't do her good. We have also been working with being in barns. She hates walking into the barn, stall, or trailer. Cali will come flying backwards when put in those situations, so we've been trying to reward her with food. Unfortunately she doesn't pay attention to it, so we've just been taking it slow. Cali also is working through many medical issues. She's on joint supplements, Ulcer Guard when we travel, and has to have eye medication every time her eyes get swollen. She is also on a high fat diet because she doesn't keep her weight easily, but luckily she's doing well even with the weather change! Cali also has a tendency to pace in the pasture and stalls if she is alone. We've been trying to distract her with food, putting a horse in a pen or stall next door, and using ourselves to keep her company. She has been making slow but steady progress! She no longer paces in the pasture if by herself, but we're still working on the stall. She also has issues while leading. She doesn't mind your space or move off your pressure. We have been working on getting out of my space when I pull her head in to push her shoulders out. She likes to turn opposite of me to push me in, so I have her do exactly opposite. With riding, we've been working both english and western. I learned the other day that she will really go if you let her! We did a reining pattern for fun and she got her leads really well! We had a 4-H practice show where we placed 4th in Hunter Under Saddle and 5th in Hunt Seat Equitation. She was pretty nervous and jumpy, but I'm proud of her for not reacting with flight. https://youtu.be/4xGj44w7ogI
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