My hot Paso Fino has a really tough time standing still – especially on her way back to or simply facing the barn.
I request her to stand still – she can stop but when wound up she jigs around – then I ask again – she jigs again – then I ask again.
Well, you get the picture.
Clinicians use what they call a patience pole to teach their horses to stand still and learn to be patient. They stand there for hours at a time.
I, instead, have become the living patience pole. When, eventually and finally she stands still, we just sit there and wait – and wait – and wait – for 5 minutes or 10 minutes which feels like an eternity – can you say boring?
We do this over and over and over and over again at various places where she gets jiggy. It takes bunches of repetition but it works. She is getting it. Sometimes.
HINT: You do not want to be crabby when doing this – and you can just spend 10 or 15 minutes at a time on it –however much you can stand without going crazy.