Like, really, really loves to come home.
She's a charge-y little bitch, that one is.
We started working on her "whoa", 'cause she's all go. She was getting it pretty good and does well with a bit in her mouth, but since I want to be able to ride bridle-less by the end of the summer, she's got to do "whoa" a whole lot better than she currently does. I can't blame her for not having much of a whoa, I mean, after all, if I want her to stop, I pull back on the reins. This whole voice-seat-reins thing is completely new to her.
We've been working on voice-seat-reins for all of two rides and while she wasn't stopping on the voice cue, she was well on her way to stopped with the seat and completely stopped most of the time by the time I picked up the reins. She's a smart one, too.
One of the ways we thought we'd fight her desire to come home is to take her out on a ride, leave her tied and then take her out again - you know, letting her know that just because we're back at the rail doesn't mean her day is done.
Yesterday, Bill and I had an awesome ride, came home, tied up the critters and hung out for ten or twenty minutes. Since I'd unbridled Her Highness, I decided to ride her with just her halter and lead rope.
That went well for the first part of the ride. I even dropped the lead rope and did my imitation of Alec on The Black...
|Yes, I was even posting.|
My body still hurts, running does nothing
for your posting muscles.
Then we rounded the corner to head home. And the Homecoming
So we did some turning around and standing, pointing away from home. We rode back the other way, away from home. We did voice-seat-rein. All pointing away from home. The minute we headed back to home, she got charge-y again. Lather-rinse-repeat.
Eventually, she got it. And when she forgot, we started all over again. That was the longest trip home EVER.
I think, because her halter is ginormous on her, that she wasn't understanding the pressure on her face. Not that it should have mattered because she's already received the voice and seat commands.
We've got a long way to go.
Bill took her out in Ranger's halter today, which fits her slightly better, and said he had more success with voice-seat-reins, but it's tough. If you're not used to doing it, it's easy to forget a step, usually for us that step is seat.
She'll get it. Sooner rather than later, I hope.