He is OBSESSED with our neighbors. The ones who have Arabian horses, where the foal demon came from. There must be some issue because he is so afraid of noises and sounds and movement from that direction. I can only imagine the bad smells he picks up on...the horses there are starving and ill kept.
So we've been lucky to have had 3 days back to back (whoohoo) together this week.
Wed he was awesome, really listened and we worked on just ground training. It was crazy windy but he dismissed it and listened. Wow!
Yesterday, he was way more up. I took him in the large arena to start with ground work and the obstacles are now removed.
"Whoa..wait...ok, surely I've never been HERE before...looks totally different!"
Yes, Laz, you have. He wanted to buck and kick and fly around so I allowed him to. On the lunge line...I find when I allow him to run free, he gets overly panicked and can't calm himself down once he amps up and then tries to jump the fence. Um...no. Lead line it is, it's our telephone line of communication.
"Oh yea..Hi Mom..did you hear that?! Whooohoooooo...what? Turn? ok...wait...what was that?! I'm outta here...wait...no? Ok."
So, after about 30 minutes of ground work, he was awesome. I praised him for spooking in place and not bolting every time he heard a noise from the neighbors. Yes, Laz, think..good boy!
He calmed waaaay down.
See his new toy?! Our Parelli carrot stick and string. Basically I have no real clue how to use it yet, but I use it as a training tool and desensitizing too. Laz kept smelling it and licking it. Ok...whatever.
We are introducing some Parelli into our lives to aid with his behavior and to help me learn what I can do with it. Don't gag...don't be haters...just be open to it and we'll see where it takes us.
Anyway, I know with many of my pictures, Laz is an angel calm face. Yes, he is. But he has a wild side to him so don't think I'm beating on a calm pony here, lol, it's just the photo opts come when he's not flying around me or bucking/rear/bolting...you see?
Laz calmed down enough that I decided to ride him. Hoorah! He did great in arena..we kept it walk/trot and did serpentine and patterns and he kept his focus and didn't spook at all, although he had one ear and eye perma-locked on neighbors. I was so happy with him though. If he was healthy last Fall, I could compare his riding and mental growth to this year but I dont have much to compare it too. At any rate, I'm happy and he's happy so that is always great.
He is consistently great with his ground tying, which is such an awesome bonus. He steps on his lead every now and again and instead of bolting like he did last year, he just jumps back and resumes. Even his jumping back has gotten smaller and smaller. Good boy!
War wound from running around..tiny but jesus, he steps on himself all the time!! What are your thoughts on Bells boots for preventing this? Should I get some??
And now...for some hoof comparison photos! Thoughts?!
Right Rear-April 2010
Right Rear-June 2010
Right Rear-Oct 2010 (yesterday)
Right Front...looks pretty, no!?