Reilly was a very different story than zepp today. he stayed pretty consistently on edge throughout our time together. my only goal was to groom him today, so i managed to get him into the barn feed him his breakfast while i groomed. he was also very concerned about the wind and commotion going on around the farm, and it took us a good 10-15 minutes to get to the barn. i let him take his time, and clicked and rewarded for every step he took towards the barn. we eventually got inside, and he ate his grain fairly happily.
i was hoping to go for a walk around the farm with him, but there was a tractor one way and a truck and trailer the other, so i decided to just put him home and give him some cookies.
although i could have pushed for that walk, i decided that he was already stressed about the wind, new horse, sounds, lesson kids etc, and there was no need to push him and enter another stressful situation.
our partnership is still new, and as we gain more trust in each other and he’s able to find more confidence - windy days with commotion will be easier for us.
to end our session, we chilled in his paddock together. he chose to stick with me and work a little for some more cookies. we worked on a cue to lower his head, which will help him release stress and lower adrenaline. he was super and definitely much more comfortable in his paddock. videos to come:) #fingleflahertyoreilly#reillytheorange ?
I had an awesome morning with zepp today!
it was very windy this morning and we had a new horse in the round pen, and zepp took about 10 minutes to get into the barn. he kept stopping with his head up high to check things out because he was a little worried. instead of pushing him along and dragging him into the barn, we just chilled and took our time. after tacking up, making it out to the sand ring was a similar ordeal. he needed some time to check things out. in the end my patience paid off, and zepp was able to calm down. because i gave him the time to work through the worry he had and figure things out, he was able to relax. i’ve been trying really hard recently to recognize when my horse is getting worried, so that worry doesn’t continue to build and i end up with a tense horse or explosions. zeppelin was an angel once we got into the sand ring, and was perfectly calm for the rest of our time together!
jesse talked last week in the trailering clinic about trigger stacking, and how sometimes we miss the little signs that build and then lead up to an explosion. instead of letting those blocks build up today every time something scary happened until he finally reached his threshold, i never let us go anywhere near his threshold because we dealt with each block as they came.
videos of our target training will be up soon:) #highflyinzeppelin •
Watch till the end, i have a rabbit in the house 🐇! haha junior what are u doing 🤪?crazy little pony, he always makes me laugh, my little superhero! and euhm.. do you also think this could be the beginning of a spanish galop 🤔? maybe with a little imagination 🦄?
What a transformation! robbie suffered in a puppy mill for many years, and his transition to home life was hard at first. thanks to his patient and loving family, he has learned to enjoy life. we worked on scent games and simple tricks so robbie can continue to bond with his wonderful pawrents. 💖 -kate