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Re: Coral

PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:22 pm
by Chevalblanc
Check her out today, first time with someone shooting from her back! :-D

ImageDSC_0121 (2) by Helen Barnes, on Flickr

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:31 pm
by nicxf
Trudi wrote::love: and I think Nic that this supports the fact that her confidence quickly grows when in company :thumbup:

Yes, I think she's very happy in company. She's getting along with her other field mates so I'm looking forward to more hacking out. I think she likes exploring. :thumbup: She seems to enjoy it.

She's really taken to the archery too!

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:08 am
by Trudi
Sounds like good progress :thumbup:

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:36 am
by nicxf
Think I should start posting my journey with Coral on here, what with it being her blog and all. Today was another first; her first hack out in the woods with a couple of her field buddies. She was great! Although obviously not entirely happy about it (she spent most of the ride with her top lip sucked in and nostrils flaring), she held it together really well, and did gradually relax her neck and head carriage through the course of the ride, if not her face. We had a couple of spooks and one skitter forward at an unexpected tractor shed that was hiding behind some trees but even then, she stopped herself after a few yards and let me turn her back to go look at it.

I'm very impressed with her self control and her willingness to listen even when she's obviously somewhat on edge. In fact I'd even say she's MORE responsive to direction when she's worried. Maybe there's some reassurance in being given a job to do when everything around her is unfamiliar? At any rate, I barely had to ask her forward, and steering was much better than it often has been in the field. There were no sticky moments and she started and stopped (mostly, sometimes after a few steps) when asked.

I don't know if she's been in woodland before, and I'm pretty sure she's never been ridden up and down such steep inclines but again she did beautifully - not rushing down the steep slopes but responding to a lift of the rein to tuck her bottom under and take it slowly.

She is such a willing little pony, I think it's going to take very little for her to become a brilliant trail horse. :thumbup:

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:27 am
by littlewhitehorse
Sounds as if she is doing really well, and she seems very happy with the horseback archery too :thumbup:

Maybe there's some reassurance in being given a job to do when everything around her is unfamiliar?


Absolutely! And isn't it a much healthier way of looking at it, than thinking of "make them"... Once you add purpose and give them a job to do, it kind of unlocks the freeze state of mind :-D and avoids opposition reflexes. She seems to be a sweet and willing mare :love:

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:43 pm
by nicxf
First ride on Coral today after going splat a few weeks ago. Ali rode her out yesterday and got all the "I don't wanna" behaviour, but today Coral was great. She's still not keen to go in front and will do it sometimes then bottle it, but I think as she becomes more familiar with everything that will come. We did lots of work on halting when asked, and walking when asked rather than just following whoever is in front. Part of her backing process was with the Cordeo so she's actually fairly responsive to that for stopping and going backwards. And to weight aids too. She got better and better during the ride, as I kept asking her to Do Stuff.

The only issue I'm still having is with her on the ground. I've realised I'm actually somewhat scared of her barging - I feel vulnerable in the mobility scooter, and it's an expensive piece of equipment which I could not afford to replace but which is to me, irreplaceable. It's my legs. Without it I'm so screwed. So for now, the best option seems to be to get other, able bodied people to do the groundwork and when she's being a bit more consistent about not just walking over someone whenever she feels like it, then we can work on her leading from the scooter again.

Anyway, progress in terms of re-starting ridden work, and realising why her behaviour in-hand gets to me so much - even though it could, as Helen pointed out, be worse, it's not something I've had to deal with from a position of such vulnerability before. So knowing that is a step in itself and means I'm not feeling so angry about it (I'm a fight, not a flight animal, when scared) as I've given myself permission to admit it, and let others take over for now.

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 pm
by littlewhitehorse
So for now, the best option seems to be to get other, able bodied people to do the groundwork and when she's being a bit more consistent about not just walking over someone whenever she feels like it, then we can work on her leading from the scooter again.


Sounds like a good sensible plan! I didn't realise you went splat but good to hear you a re back in the saddle, and making progress with her confidence on hacks :thumbup:

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:07 am
by nicxf
Haha, yes. I got a bit cocky and forgot that being in your forties and disabled is not a good place from which to push your pony too far out of her comfort zone. I misjudged things badly and she pointed it out in no uncertain terms. :shock: Fortunately I got lucky and as it's been such a damp summer the ground was soft. :lol:

Re: Coral

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:34 am
by Trudi
Sorry Nic, I didn't realise either- hope someone baked cake.
Very sensible to let others do the ground work. I'm not a pusher of comfort zones having learned many years ago to my expense- definitely older, wiser and bounce less well these days. Learning comes easier for us all if we can keep below threshold.