I would regale you with my exciting riding adventures, but there are none. I’ve been rather depressed, hot, and stressed out. Ponies have not been ridden in nearly two weeks. I’m starting to hate summers here as much as I hate winters…
Anyway… I decided this week that I better put more bells and whistles on Joy if I’m going to ensure she gets a great home if I sell her. So yesterday I decided I would teach her… *drum roll**..
I’ve never done this before.
Don’t worry, I watched all of the youtube videos. 😂
Thirty minutes of trying to teach it, and all I can get is that she’ll pick the leg up that I’ve touched, but only to about fetlock height. Doesn’t matter what I do, where I tap, or what I varied, that’s all she would offer.
I got so desperate that I tried showing her what I want.
Yeah, didn’t work. Nothing worked. Total failure of communication. Back to the drawing board.
Since that obviously wasn’t working, I decided I’d try to teach Joy to bow.
I’ve never succeeded at this before. Tried and horribly failed with Ava. BUT, I watched all the video’s yesterday, so I’m, like, an expert, you know.
Anyway, first session.. grain in hand, lead rope in other.. . I pick up her hoof and ask her to back.
Ask again. Nothing.
Work on backing without the hoof lifted. That works fine.
Pick up hoof and ask her to back.
We do this over and over and over, until she just barely will shift her weight back a little. My back was killing me, my legs hurt from being crouched over, sun was beating down and I was sweating profusely..
I couldn’t coordinate lead rope, hoof, and grain so i take her halter off…
Joy takes a step away, drops like a stone and starts rolling vigorously. Then she hops up and drops to the other side. She stops long enough in her rolling to eat a small offering of grain I held up, and then pops back to her feet.
I pick up her hoof, ask her to back…
We worked on that for nearly 30 minutes. She did start shifting her weight back, finally, but then i accidentally dropped her leg mid back-up and she decided I was no longer trustworthy, so she left.
Today, i tried again…
Picked her leg up, asked her to shift her weight back.
She shifted back! She only brought her knee about halfway down, but it was progress! Yay!
I had the lead and halter on again, and decided to take it off. If Joy actually DID bow, I didn’t want her to step on the lead (which I couldn’t seem to keep out of the way).
As soon as i take off the halter – straight down and rolling.
She pops back up and shakes vigorously for a second, then lets me pick her leg up and ask her to back again.
We never got the knee to the ground. A decent effort on her part, but she’s not there yet.
Then Joy decided she was done and left.
Everyone gets a cape when a new bag of shavings is opened!