Monday, March 7, 2011

Backwards Determination

Duke backs up into his stall from the opposite side of the arena, which is 60 feet across. This from a horse who hated to back up when I brought him home almost three years ago.

Small steps brought up to this place, we started with backing out of a round pen. It's easy to get frustrated when trying to teach a horse to do something he normally wouldn't do. I know I did. But his mama didn't teach him English, so I needed to learn his language to communicate. It took a lot of time and patience. But now Duke offers to back into his stall...I think he enjoys it. :)


kbear said...

great job!!

Dona said...

Thanks Karen!! We've had lots of practice.