-Arab/QH Filly. Bay, black leggings, white on left rear at
coronet. Star. Light coloring on muzzle.
- Rachel came out and worked with Mona on Saturday & Sunday.
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’t been
out in awhile and it was very over due! Gail was gracious enough
to allow me to come out and test my “savvy” 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 “horse”. What I mean by that is, she is sensitive
to things that horses SHOULD be sensitive to. That’s 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 “reprogram”
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’t have huge outbursts and has a
great “I will try” type of attitude. Highly intelligent
and sweet “horse”-anality makes for a great little
horse. I started very slow with her since I could see just how
sensitive she really. Mona doesn’t have a super dominate
behavior so she is a pleasure to work with. Like I said, she is
eager to please and very loving.
couple of lessons went very well. Since she didn’t 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 “catching”
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’t 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’s a big deal
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 “reports” on her progress. I am
excited to share her progress!
10/11/04 - Wow! What a successful weekend! Didn’t
take this little girl long to come around!
This is our
3rd time working together and Mona did fantastic! After 2 weeks
away I am impressed with how well she responded. It didn’t
take her much time to “catch” me this session at all.
Instead of getting concerned and pulling away from the halter
she stood there and allowed me to put it on and start to play.
She allowed me to do some lateral flexion (very well I might add).
She continued to get comfortable with ropes swinging around and
Mona is very
smart I was able to make some HUGE progress in the trust department
with her. After playing a lot of “Friendly Game” with
the ropes and carrot stick we started to play a more extreme game.
I was able to start doing jumping jacks and making a total goof
out of myself around Mona to desensitize her to certain movements.
Once I saw her relax with how goofy I was being I grabbed a bucket
to stand on so I could be higher than normal (like standing on
a mounting block) and did the games standing higher. Funny thing
is, is she LOVES things that crinkle. She likes water bottles
and things like that. So I had her take a look at he bucket to
bite, nuzzle etc so she wasn’t going to be afraid of it
when I stood on it and had it next to her.
I knew she was letting me lie across her back. Then eventually
I was able to sit up on her. She was calm, brave and listening
the 3 times I was able to mount and dismount. Needless to say
I was very proud of her progress in such a short amount of time.
I am hoping next weekend that I will be able to play with her
some more if there is extra time during the work party.
say enough good stuff about Mona and how well she is responding
to the Parelli program. I think she has come a LONG way in just
3 sessions. What a great way to “Start” a horse instead
of “breaking” a horse. It was quiet and loving.
I can’t wait to get back out there and see what else we
12/2004 - by Rachel
I was out there I got another ride on Mona and I was able to putz
around with a couple others. She did really well besides her little
spook and dumping me LOL! But she allowed me to get back on with
no issue and we worked it out. She is still pony sized so it was
like falling off a chair! Since it was only a bolt rather than
a buck I was left behind I should have been more prepared for
that type of movement. *sigh*
starting young horses Other than that she was fantastic. I was
able to get her to move left and right back up and move her rear
end around while riding bareback and one rein. I was proud of
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