As the snow continues to melt I am still easing into our work. One of my expectations is that a horse will stand quietly and without drama in the cross ties. It took a while for Irish and Steele to figure it out. I rely on frequent practice and consistent expectations. Over time it becomes a non-issue.
Miss Carmen is your pretty typical 5 year old. She's happy to stand in the cross ties for a minute or so and then becomes bored. She will paw and shuffle and generally look surprised that I would expect her to stand there.
'come on mom, I've been here for HOURS. And I'm bored. And hungry. And I'm pretty sure I have to pee"
I maintain my patience and keep putting her back to where I want her and praising her for standing still. I do correct the pawing though.
The other day I was giving her a thorough grooming and she was feeling pretty restless. I just kept working away. I usually save the tail for last. I sprayed in some Cowboy Magic (I like it for keeping the mud out of it) and began to brush it. She did not like the spraying
'ohh oooh. it feels weird!"
I just ignored this and kept spraying. I then started brushing. Carmen has a beautiful tail- thick and wavy. I quite enjoy brushing it and getting out the bits of hay and shavings, untangling the knots etc. As I was brushing I realized that she was standing perfectly still. I looked up- her head was lowered, her eyes were soft and it was clear that she was really enjoying the attention.
Turns out that my princess likes to have her hair done.