My pony did join up perfectly four times, which is a testament to how smart he is, since I'm VERY green. I really wanted to perfect it for myself to be sure I had the hang of it, and to solidify the relationship. So, today I tried to do the join up for the fifth time.
My guy refused to move out and didn't seem to understand what I wanted. I tried to get him to go a couple of times, then thought that maybe he just had had enough. I'm trying to understand what happened. Please correct me or give me insight.
My thought is that I didn't really feel like he needed it again. This may have subconsciously made me hesitant to behave seriously about doing the join up with him again. Monty says that too many times can make your horse crazy. I may have been unknowingly remembering that and he felt it.
Should I try again tomorrow or let it go?
I've had Jack for two months and have done all the basic ground work with him. He lets me halter him with his head down. He will come to me when he's in the paddock, even when other horse are around, and will let me halter him and lead him away. He leads perfectly, stands, backs up, waits like a gentleman at the mounting block, lets me do his feet and groom him without any trouble. He will go over the tarpoline and even seems to enjoy mouthing it to show me that he's not afraid of it. He will go through the ground rails forward and backward as well.
I haven't ridden him yet. That will be this week's lesson.
Thank you for your insight. I am learning so much on this forum and through all of the great lessons!