Trust & confidence needs... foot work!
And we do a lot with my capricious, stubborn -horrid- mare! 'Cuz every things that you earned on her, will need to be worked, reworked and re-reworked. She nevers learns forever. NEVER.
It's not a mare, it's a nightmare.
|She's really cute? Don't be fooled!
This sounds easy? It's not. Having the horse to respond to your voice is a long path and as everyone will have it's own way of doing it, founding code with your beast may take time. But once you got it: you can start work for good.
Also, your horse can be like my mare who always pick a scary corner, so she can pretend she too scary to listen you :)
|"I've seen somethin', I swear! I'm going to watch for a while to be sure that somethin' is really there."
My mare only understand rewards btw, don't even try to work with her if you're not ready to gave her a treat at the end! Her soul connect to the treat not to you ;)
|"You've got it? Right, I may discuss with myself about listening to you, my response under 24h"
When we got voice code, I wanted to work freedom. But before, we came to precise asking. Always initiating things with helpers like the lunge and stick (and treat). Starting with little reminder before getting on saddle...
The first challenge with my mare, is to have her respect your space and not going over you!
It sounds simple but it's really somethin' I have to work on a daily basis.
And I want that, no matter the speed.
When basically the horse is on your side, it's time to try some free moves! We started with walking side by side, trotting side by side, stop when I stop, go back when I go back etc.
|You're listening right?
When I'm lunging I ask the mare to really work, when it's about freedom I ask the mare to listen. That's not the same for me. The two are good for the mental health!!
I kow she enjoys best to be free and express herself. She really have energy to spend and she can go, fly and buck if she wants. Not a problem for me.
|Just look at her happy face :)
Another difficulties was to make difference between "stop" and "come back". With time, I've found to sit myself to have her back. It really works! She knows by reading on my body langage what to do.
That's really the best things so far! To connect the horse to yours moves.
One day as well, with a friend we tryied another lunging step to gain time...
|Two for the price of one!
Of course, to have serious work we'll need to push this a bit.
For my mare the real work was to go first, as I've already explained she can be really sheep-like.
For me that's a perfect way to be more precise on your asking, as every thing you own on foot step is owned on saddle too!
Really great to have a good impulse and the horse round!
As well as precise direction...
She's good at it.
Explaining things is in the same way easyiest and more difficult with a bit. You need to be really accurate. And accuracy is what I want best on our relationship.
So yes, I've got a cute nigtmare mare...
|"Don't listen to her, I'm as cute as I looks"
And worked really, really hard. Mostly on foot.
I know now that's a lot of patience to have a good scratch in confidence with a horse...
And remember, from everywhere you are with your own one, that Rome wasn't built in a day!
And you need a good motto! So you can see where you go... together.