On Saturday upon arrival at the clinic I had an incident with Journey in the trailer. I went to unload her, opened the divider gate and she started stepping back before I could get to her head to untie her. I was trying to get the rope detached from her halter when she did it, and I was terrified she was going to get her back feet off and her head pulling on that rope. Thankfully the rope gave way before her feet actually got off the trailer. This made it obvious that we have some trailer loading to work on, at least more than just getting her "in". She needs to get in, stand still, and also not try to back up while you are getting the divider closed, which is tricky because of how the divider is made. My first thought was to leave her loose, not tied to the trailer, and she quickly aborted that idea by attempting to turn around in the closed slant compartment (which could create another kind of horse disaster) or trying to get her head under the divider and go out that way (oh boy....). Today I'm going to try to locate a short bungee for the trailer with the plan to clip the bungee end to her so if I need a quick release I can just pull it loose from the halter instead of trying to reach up and get her to hold still all at the same time. We have progressed where she will load up fine as far as getting in and moving to the front, but her little brain is still thinking "out" for the most part.
Last night's ground exercise went well for me. Rope handling is starting to come a bit more natural now that I don't have to perform in front of someone. I've decided that it isn't the rope...so much as stage fright when someone is looking at me I can't add
1 + 1. Being serious introvert is NO FUN at times. We are getting the exercises done, but I have no doubt in my mind that the Royal Spotted One though sitting in the corner on the outside is saying on the inside STANDING UP. Her ear language is speaking volumes. When I have her back up on the rope she pins her ears and flips me off with her nose. The horse may not have language but she is definitely getting her opinion across loud and clear! So that will need addressed. ~ E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association