some of you asked for more stories about my business with horse training, so, here we go:
There's a young mare, she will turn 4 in April. She was born where she lives, and last year her owners could do anything with her: walk her over plastic, cover her whole body in plastic, put the saddle on and lean over her. So, she doesn't know a rider yet, but that's no big deal. But, the problem is, that she started kicking towards people. As soon as there is something she seems not to like, she will kick.
Here the situation I found myself in on tuesday this week:
We did double long lining. It was the first time in her life. At the beginning she always coiled up within the lines, but as soon as she understood what she was asked to do, she was quite fine. At some point in training I noticed that she needed a small break. So I went to the owners, talked to them for a while. She was right next to me, everything was fine. Suddenly she nearly ran me over, and I schooled here to back up on the dually halter. She did not like that, took a few steps back and then reared up striking with her front legs. She nearly hit my arm. So, I schooled here again. That's when she started striking forward with her front legs again while standing. I put her to work once again with the long lines, wanted her to do some turns for me. But instead she started backing up into my direction kicking out the whole time. I put lots of pressure on her and eventually got her to move forward. After two more rounds I quit the training for that day.
So, training her was not too much fun for me that day. I wonder, if I should advice kicking rings? What would you do?