It's been awhile since I've given you an update on the Beautiful Wadatika. Training has been spotty...a bit on again, off again for this girl. Three or four days a week seems to be enough to keep her tuned up as well as gain a little ground here and there. She displays every bit as much Tika-tude today as she has since the day she arrived. Neither City Boy nor Darling like her much as she pins her ears and flashes her teeth at them while I'm not around. Or at least that's what they say!
Despite her one person personality, I have high hopes for this mare. She's quick, both mentally and physically. If she doesn't understand something, she may jump to the side, but she quickly turns back towards me and tries to evaluate what it is we're up to and the appropriate response. There is still fear and apprehension in her eye as we work through a lot of the basics. Despite that, she willingly stays with me and does her best. She gives me all she has and then some.
I must say I'm particularly proud of her trailering! Not only is she walking in and out with both doors wide open, she'll walk into the trailer with one door closed. That's a narrow opening, don'cha know? The other day she even let me send her in while I stood on the outside. She's also loading and hauling with other horses now, just like a pro!
Tika's biggest hang up comes in the form of me walking behind her. This sends her into a jumpy, jittery mode with her hiney bouncing to the left or right, depending on which side I'm heading for. It's getting better, but makes it rather difficult for me to work on some of the ground training basics I'd like to get in place. Basics such as being able to stand on her left side, reaching my arm across her back and lifting up the right rein, then pulling her head to the right so that she'll turn all the way around and face me. To do that, her butt needs to swing beneath my arm, and she simply isn't willing to do that yet. Until she can trust me there, I won't be climbing on.
Feet are another issue here, though this past week she's decided it's okay to allow me access. A good thing, too, because Jay is supposed to be here today to do a few trims. I doubt she'll allow much to happen, but if I can even get the nippers to take off some of the length on the front, I'd be ever so happy. She's clipping herself at the trot, so getting those front feet picking up a bit sooner will do worlds of good.