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Date:7/29/2014 4:05:17 PM
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hey hannah sorry that blazze lost her foal. Thats too bad. I hope you'll try again with another horse! Is this not the first time that she's lost her foal?

Had a great ground-work time with the horses last evening. After my disappointing ride the night before, I decided I wanted to do some ground work before I attempted a slow canter with the snaffle on Sweet Pea again. Soooo, first I worked on Flicka, because she always tries SO hard to do what you want, that she just melts my heart and I'm usually more patient and relaxed with her because she is so much more sensitive than my other sweet mare.
I worked on: (a rate of 1-5) sending her away then moving my shoulder inside the circle and pulling slightly so she turned her hind quarters and stopped moving with head toward my body. That was a 4. She learned fast though and I definitely saw improvement.
Yielding the hind-quarters. Or in other words, moving her hindquarters 360* around her front feet, which stayed as still as possible. A 5!!! She was amazing!! I didn't even have to tap her with my stick, I just moved toward her and she moved away, relaxed yet quickly. I was very pleased with her :)
I backed her up a couple steps at a time, too. That was a 3. She'll get it quickly, though, I think.
I tried to yield her forequarters, but it just didn't work. I don't think I'm doing it right. I'm holding my (carrot or handy-whatever you want to call it) stick up by her neck and moving it up and down toward her and at the same time pressing her shoulder. Any advice? They both just moved front or back.

With Sweet Pea, I yielded her hindquarters (4), lowered her head about a foot (5) and tried to yield the forequarters. I think she got it a little better than Flicka, she actually stepped over the outside foot with the inside foot a couple times, like she was supposed to. But I just let it at that becuase I didn't want to frusrate her.

Well, that;s all i have :)
Happy Trails ☆
Andrea and Horses
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