NOTE: On Desensitizing
You can over-desensitize a horse if you don’t do it
right, causing problems later on, such as control and safety
"Rui", Dun Kiger Mustang Mare - Roseburg, Oregon
Rui was halter broke on arrival. She is a bold & dominant mare that will crowd your space and make demands.
Rui arrives here due to behaviour problems with her previous trainer.
I expect that the proper "pecking order" was not established with Rui right away.
Rui tried to dominate by kicking out with both hind feet when she didn't want Katie to catch her. She was immediately corrected!
Since Rui has previously been saddled, we'll see how she does there, and if all goes well...she can do all her groundwork tacked.
tacking went great....however, when asked to move her feet, she had a few kinks to work out...
she needs to "change her mind", so she's not allowed a full circle, lots of direction changes to get her thinking on us, and not herself
these are quick changes at slow speed, makes her think...no time to goof off!
she did great at the walk, now we'll change at the trot...good.
1st step-ups...she's unsure, but stands - even for leaning over to the other eye
we'll keep doing new things until we need to work on something. Once we exercise her mind and she gets it - we're done!
the brain teaser, it's natural for a horse to turn to you - not away from you, makes them think on this one!
Rui did good here, so we'll go outside and see how she does...
You want me to put my feet in there?
up down up
outside the round pen...
prepare to mount give me your eye and stand still until asked to move.
Let's go out side and see how she does....they even got the gate after a few tries...
not sure she wants to...
but she does with more encouragement
what a good girl!
looked at cattle chute, and was fine with it
Asked to go through this little trench, she considers, then refusal...
she does reconsider the task which is good, but it is still too much to handle, then she gets nervous and paws the ground
get her refocused on standing, move to a safe location to dismount, and then "hold her hand" as she faces her fears...
she does great, but still has some anxiety...but keeps trying
There, good girl...now she really starts investigating
now we'll go back out to a safe mounting spot...
Mounting up she stands perfectly still until seated and you ask her to move, then she rides through...awesome!
ride across the tarp...
went to get the gate, and Rui must've knew that...she decided to help get the gate herself!
Rui spotted something different and needed encouragement to cross over it....Good Girl!
now on to other things...
Rui flushes Buck out of his hiding spot under the bridge...
run Buck, run!
Rui is having too much fun now....poor Buck, he can't hide anywhere!
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