It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood Sunday. There’s nothing like a warm day in October. Something we see rarely around here. Temperatures soared in the high 80’s lower 90’s late afternoon. Was windy and coming out of the south. No rain in the forecast. We could use a lot of rain. It’s been especially dry in Texas for quite sometime. Making the best of a good situation, I, spent most of the afternoon working with the horses. Again, Jewels was my go to. I walked out to the pasture with the usual pocket full of treats. Handsome was first on the scene, followed by Jersey. Jewels was lurking in the back ground. I hinted a bit of suspicion. Sure enough, she walked over, grabbed a handful of treats and off she went. I hollered, whoa! Surprisingly, she came back so I could halter her. Got to love the whoa factor.
Off we went to the tack room. I brushed and curried her off, saddled her up and off to the exercise pen. We did a few pressure and release exercises. Forward, backwards, left and right. I use just my fingertips to get her soft on the lead line. She’s doing really well in that department. I love watching her rock back and forth on her hind quarters. She has such a lovely rear end. There’s no reason why she couldn’t have learned to use it properly. And, she does! The trainer had taught her to reach under herself and cross over while making a turn on her haunches. She’s become more balanced over-all because of it. It’s come in real handy for the next step of her training. We’ve been working on picking up the correct leads. She’s had trouble with that. Not because she’s not been capable. She was just spending more time trying to run sideways when I asked to her to lope, then cross-fire to get away from me. Having to repeat the exercise over and over to get her to slow that excessive action down.
I firmly believe, someone in her past popped her frequently with a whip to get her to do anything. My communication is far more subtle than she was use to. It took nearly two years of desensitizing before she could keep all fours on the ground at one time. Now, I only have to ask her once to pick up a lead. She no longer leaves the ground in a mad dash to flee when asked to move forward. The smooth transition from a walk, trot and lope are well-balanced and fluid. She’s beginning to frame-up well while circling around me. When she moves faster than I’d like, I shorten the circles. She then, begins to lift her core, rocking on her hind end with forward propulsion. It’s beautiful to watch.
I’ve never encountered a horse with so many trust issues. Even walking near her, was a challenge in the past. I never knew when she was going to blow up. Thankfully, Jewels is beginning to trust me.The way she carries herself around me is proof enough for me. Treating her with kindness and respect has made a huge impact on the way she responds. I can see it in her eyes.