Things have shifted from schooling the ring to schooling in the ring. Which is huge. I'm no longer constrained to a 20 metre circle in the centre. We can use the full ring and work on stuff. Not that there are not any discussions. There are. The other day Carmen was clear that she was not going down into one corner of the ring. I was clear that we were. So everytime she ducked away I simply brought her around in a small circle and pointed her in the direction that I wanted. I didn't make a big fuss and I was not harsh. When she was pointed in my direction and heading the right way I praised and released. It went something like this:
Carmen: NO. We'll die if we go there. *ducks off to the left to head to the safe zone*
Me: We'll be fine. * moves her in a small circle back to the rail* good girl.
*repeat above maneuver 6-7 times. *
Carmen: *sigh* okay then.
Me: good girl.
And it was over. we went into each corner. I smiled happily.
Me: yay! now we can work on stuff. Oh wait. I should have a plan for that. um.....
Now we can begin the real work. It's all very exciting.
|I was out in the field and she came up to graze beside me.|
It does my heart good to see how settled she's become at our place and how happy she seems.