Rachel came out and worked with Mona on Saturday & Sunday.
Hi everyone, just wanted to say a few words about my weekend at TIER.
First of all, I had a great time seeing Gail and the kids. I hadn&rsquot been out in awhile and it was very over due! Gail was gracious enough to allow me to come out and test my &ldquosavvy&rdquo with a couple horses. The main horse is Miss Mona.
What a great girl! She is very very smart and let me tell you the epitome of a true &ldquohorse&rdquo. What I mean by that is, she is sensitive to things that horses SHOULD be sensitive to. That&rsquos how they have survived in the wild all these years. But, since she is NOT in the wild I have come in to teach her or better yet &ldquoreprogram&rdquo to think instead of react instinctually.
Mona is highly skeptical of new things and very claustrophobic, but gets over it quickly if given the chance to understand what it is you are asking of her. She doesn&rsquot have huge outbursts and has a great &ldquoI will try&rdquo type of attitude. Highly intelligent and sweet &ldquohorse&rdquo-anality makes for a great little horse. I started very slow with her since I could see just how sensitive she really. Mona doesn&rsquot have a super dominate behavior so she is a pleasure to work with. Like I said, she is eager to please and very loving.
Her first couple of lessons went very well. Since she didn&rsquot know who the heck I was I made sure to show her I was a friend. The first day I was able to teach her the concept of &ldquocatching&rdquo me. For the most part she was completely untouched as far as serious ground work/training is concerned so I was able to start with a clean slate.
Once we got really good at her catching me in the pasture area I was able to put the halter on her and lead her around. Together she and I got through all 7 games of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program. We have started on the ground floor of communicating together as partners.
The next day I played a few games with her to see how much she remembered along with doing a more extreme friendly game. (Which is what you see in the pictures) She wasn&rsquot comfortable at all with ropes going over her head and being touched on her rear end. So I worked with those areas Sunday. Mona went from being very uncomfortable with ropes to allowing me to toss and swing the lead rope over her head and all over her body in a short amount of time. It may not sound like a huge accomplishment but it&rsquos a big deal for her.
I can&rsquot wait to get out there again and play with her some more. By the time I was done playing with her on Sunday afternoon, she wanted to follow me without the halter on in a pasture with her friends, food and water right there. Mona easily could have run off but instead she followed me to the gate, stuck her head over so I could kiss her on the nose good bye and to tell her when I was going to come back. I look forward to seeing her soon so we can play some more. As I work more with her I will make sure to get some pictures and &ldquoreports&rdquo on her progress. I am excited to share her progress!