The mares are good. If you had asked on Sunday, I would have told you that both of them were for sale - but today they are both back in good graces and I'm sure that none of it had to do with holiday exhaustion or PMS.
|(not actually for sale anymore,)|
I've been at a bit of a loss as to what to do with Miss P. She's clearly ready to work, and even I'm bored walking around the property - but our basics are not there. She's re-learned how to run away from people (everyone). She's darted off while being led with me, S, and even the guys who work at the barn.
That sort of crap makes me think we have a lot of groundwork to solidify, but Vet Lady said to get her moving and back to work, so we're doing that. Sunday I started by working on some liberty/join up stuff that resulted in nothing productive. Whenever I moved P off or away from me she turned, shot her feet at my head and snarled.
I tried to stand my ground and stay "alpha" but there's no denying that I got defensive and protective and she had the upper hand in maneuvering. Very frustrating.
Finally, totally against Cowboy Man's philosophy I gave up, used a halter and started running her through a jumping chute. I know I should have worked free until she joined up.. but like I said, I was PMSing, the mare was bitchy, and I got bored of failed attempts.
Frankly Pia seemed as relived for a change of exercise as I did. P also looked pretty darn cute. The line was simple, a small X bounce to a bigger X, one stride to a vertical. We bumped them up once but didn't take anything over 3'. After 10 repetitions one way, we swapped the direction and repeated. Pia seemed interested, engaged and comfortable going through the whole thing.
She's definitely much better at sitting back and using her body than she was in Spring of 2011, which is helpful. It's nice to know that the $$$ spent on bodywork got us somewhere....
After playing in the line, I decided it was time to tack up the mare and go for a walk. I was nervous from the aggressive groundwork though so I politely requested that S take the first few laps, which she graciously did before I legged up myself.
|Tacked up with her cute new pink/purple rope halter...|
Always nice to end with some success.
|its a happy P!|
We also worked through a small grid, but the big mare was Loony Tunes and after a series of increasingly tense/rushed passes through, she scooted off like a rocket and began bucking around like a moron. Not like she was trying to get me off per se, but like a predator was attempting to gnaw on her hind leg or perhaps pulling on her tail.
I hopped off and found absolutely no explanation so I got back on and we proceeded to finish on a slightly improved note.
Not a good day at the barn. Totally frustrating and discouraging and obnoxious.
Fortunately, my morning out there today was better.
Pia lunged politely in the outdoor and rocked her leading exercises and Prairie decided that maybe (JUST MAYBE) she could actually jump a small grid without loosing herself in a rage blackout.
Tomorrow S has Pia and I take Prairie back down south for another lesson with Nancy Free.
Field Trips help all things :)
|all better :)|