The RAC began in 2007 and continued until 2015. It was created to unite all curly horse owners to encourage and motivate each other and to promoting the breed. Participating riders earn points to win amazing prizes. This blog was created to share with others their personal journey with each other and the public. *This blog is not a training blog and any techniques or methods shown here are not necessarily enforced by the RAC. Consult your trainer for advice. http://curlyhorsecountry.com
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Creative Curly Curriculum!!
Greeting's from SnOhiO, Sassy-Girl and Me!!!!
Weather....migraines and Sassy's recouperating hock continues to be challenging in creating training opportunities. One of Barbara Carrol's Jan. posts had introduced me to The Horse Show with Rick Lamb..(Thanks Barbara!!!) which led me to his blog!!! In the blog below he is discussing a method of laying across the horses top line and how it seems to have a quite notable relaxation in the horse. Soooo this is a techinque I have decided to work on with Sassy! I am adding a step not only to lay along her top line...but across her. My migraine condition can cause me to lose consciousness...or temporarily the use of my left side so I think this is a realllllly useful techinque for more that just relaxation...I can use it as a method of desensitization (in the event of an episode...Sassy would be familiar with me in the laying position.....and Hippotherapy for my migraines. On a couple of occassions I have given a whole new meaning to dizzy blonde even while on horseback!!!!
Our first attempt went Very well!!! Picts below!! Another new experience for Sassy is the wearing of shipping boots. We did wonderfully with the putting on...velcro sounds never phased her....she was in her stall.....and after putting them on..I stepped out ....I am going to have to practice a bit more on putting them on her...Somehow one slid down..She became a bit concerned when it slipped down ..she circled nervously several times in the stall.... I talked softly to her as she would circle and would click when she would take a few seconds of calm. I reentered the stall and after a few more turns...and a couple of "Was this necessary' snorts.... she walked over.and just stood still..I reinforced....then removed the slipped boot. She turned and watched...but remained calm. We then rolled her big green smily ball back and forth......and then introduced a white trash bag full of metal sounds!!! She wasnt really thrilled with the bag at first...but curiosity got the curly and she did play with it some!
Below .. I would start out doing a modified the "dead man " pose across her back....my feet are dangling.... *gotta get my photog trained better..LLOLLL* Sassy was rather interested in what the heck I was doing now....LLOLL but stood pretty still.
Training Idea from : Rick Lamb: The Horse Show Blog: Touching a horse:
Here we go Babygirl!!!
Across the midline .torso raised feet dangling
Could have slept there awhile!!!!
BEST MIGRAINE MEDICINE EVER!!!
Laying parallel with the midline
Thanking Sassy for working with patience, trust and heart!!
Sassy and Krissy Horsey Hugs for all our Curly Family around the world from Sno-Ohio!!!!