The Power of the Walk/Stop Exercise and 10 hours of RidingI have a new horse, a Paso Fino, and can you say hot, and crazy as a bedbug ! Oh my goodness, spin, and way, way too fast. The action "walk" just was not in her vocabulary. Not since my beloved Jose have I had a horse as scared and wacko as this little girl.
So after 5 days just riding her in the playground (my work area) and forever and ever and ever teaching her how to do walk/stop she finally learned to listen. We did not get to her to being able to walk 4 steps, she could only do 3 steps before she sped way up again, but she finally did catch on to the "stop" and the "release".
Once Cassie caught on to walk 3 steps, stop, 3 steps, stop and wait for me I then took her out onto the trail. Needless to say, the first ride scared the bejesus out of me. BUT, she would actually stop when I asked her too - every single 3 steps before we would start up again. Did that for 2 hours on the trail, then next day 3 hours, then next day 2 hours, and I have to admit the first 2 days were pretty awful, but my goodness, the third, fourth and fifth days - what a HUGE improvement.
Her head finally dropped and we ACTUALLY COULD WALK quite a distance, and yesterday I started taking her down hills which I would have never, ever dreamed possible.
So, we are now in a partnership - she trusts me and I trust her - more work needs to be done, she is not perfect but I am no longer afraid of her nor is she afraid of me.
I had forgotten how well this works - ALWAYS - I have done it with many outlaw horses through the years but it has been a spell since I have had a new horse.
Try it and you will be impressed with the outcome.
Remember, it takes the time it takes and it will take less time.
The best to you.
|Cassie, Paso Fino|
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS Smilla13@g Smilla13@gmail.com (Mary Dixon)