I started working Jewels at “Liberty” sometime back. My goal was to better educate her on ‘wanting to be closer to me’ without forcing her. It took a lot of hours to gain her trust. Most of my time was spent handling her and making it worth, her time, to get to know me better. Without making her feel cagey or confined in a small area. I let it be her idea. Not so much lately. I’ve not had the time or capabilities to stand on my feet for long. Sometimes, it can take an hour or so to get her to send off and return off lead. Just getting her to stay with me for long periods of time was quite a challenging experience. Hence, standing on my feet, with my previous physical limitations, was difficult for me. The Arabs, I use to own, we’re a snap in that department. They always thought I was their best friend right from the beginning. Jewels? Not much!
It has been several days since I’ve been out to the barn. I felt the need to put everything else on the back burner and spend some quality time with Jewels. No one was at the barn. I took advantage of the quiet. Today, ‘I thought’. I’ll give her a little refresher course on “Liberty” training and see what she remembers. Normally, I’d have schooled her in a small area at first. Then, on to a larger space. It was a tad chilly and windy this afternoon. We had a lot of rain the past few days, also. I opted to use the arena instead of the round pen. I gathered her from the stall, took her to the arena and let her go. I barely got her halter off before she took off. Jewels leaped in the air like a jack rabbit several times before she landed a ground covering walk. I enjoyed watching her unravel all that energy she had bottled up.
I left her in the arena for a few minutes while making a phone call and filling my pockets full of horse treats. Jewels loves peppermint snacks. Returning to the scene. I noticed she was having a conversation with the big appaloosa gelding in the outside paddock. Since I was too lazy to walk all the way across the arena. I called her, hoping, she’d come to me without much hesitation. Surprisingly enough. She came right to me after calling her a couple of times.
Jewels has gotten better and better about coming when she’s called. This only took me 3 years to achieve. Good things come to those who wait? Nope! It takes persistence and determination. Or, in my case. All it took, and “God” love him. I know he was always worried about me. Was my husband relentlessly chanting in my ear. She’s to crazy! She’s to far beyond repair. You need to get rid of her. You’ll never gain her respect. In his defense. He loved me and didn’t want to see me get hurt. I’m so glad, I’m a thick-headed ol broad and wish he was here today. He’d see how wonderful she’s become. I can even get her to kiss me! How cute is this?
Moving right along. We started doing some sending exercises in both directions. She did splendidly!
This exercise is a prelude to the next step. Ultimately, my goal is to do some sort of choreographed routine with her someday. I’ll figure out our capabilities as we move along. Until next time. Happy horsing around!