Today our play session was a bit more intensive. Farina’s energy was already up due to the wind. She was easily distracted but still for such a young horse in a new environment I still believe she was being top.
Today she showed me her Extroverted side, again not extreme, but she always wanted to move her feet. I prefer an extroverted RB horse then an introverted one, because this means she feels comfortable enough to show her emotions. She wasn’t RB that often though, it was a mixture between confident and unconfident.
We played with the same things as yesterday, but this time I asked for a few extra steps, for a little better quality let’s say. Being more particular made her worry easier but also made her focus on me more and that was exactly what I wanted. I used enough friendly game to get her calm and relaxed again though.
At one point we had ourselves a discussion when I asked her to go backwards and I had to be quite firm to convince her, she did a little jump and buck before she did what I asked her to do. So I’m scratching the surface and starting to get to that spot where her rebellious nature shows 🙂 This is fun! I am sure we will have a lot of fun together.

  • Friendly: I can throw the rope over her neck, she can follow the bouncing ball without spooking.
  • Porcupine: I can move her hind end with the stick and my fingers at phase 2/3, also back her up on her nose and chest but again pretty sticky.
  • Driving: I can drive her hind end at a phase 1, front end is still hard but much better then yesterday. It’s harder to drive her right front away then her left. Driving backwards is still sticky and she even goes crooked when I am driving her back. At the end I got a soft and very responsive 3 steps backwards at phase 1!
  • YO-YO: backing up is still at phase 3 but much better and more attentive. Coming to me was a bit more difficult then yesterday but she still came.
  • Circling: did 2 laps at a walk, it took about 10 resends before she understood her responsibility of staying on the circle.
  • Sideways: we did about 1 or 2 steps each direction, going to the right is more difficult for her.
  • Squeeze: squeeze through barrel and fence went ok, through 2 barrels as well, she didn’t quite understand what I wanted but once she got it, she came through fine.


    She also put her nose on the tarp again but this time also 2 feet, on the pedestal she offered to put her foot up and the next session she even walked over it and we also did the figure 8 much smoother then yesterday.
    The tarp episode was hilarious though, she knew there was a treat somewhere on the tarp because she could smell it, but she didn’t feel comfortable enough to put her front feet on it at first, so she put her hind feet under her, right behind her front feet and almost sat down on the ground in trying to get her neck to stretch far enough to get the treat! 🙂 I’m so sorry that I couldn’t take a picture, it was such a funny sight, she looked more like a dog pooping then a horse!

    From what I saw today I suspect her body is bend to the right and her ribs stick out more on the left, that’s probably why it’s harder for her to move her front end to the left and go sideways to the right. So it might be more difficult for her to go into a right lead at the canter.

    I didn’t ask for a canter yet, so it will be interesting to see that.
    Again, I’m amazed by how smart and kind she is, she really gets me and is so connected to me, which is amazing! I might have a little superhorse here. Good thing she is still is only 5, she has such a bright future ahead.

    Will let you know some more soon, thank you for reading!


  • Wendy Joris
    Wendy Joris

    Al meer dan 30j gepassionneerd door paarden en mensen richtte Wendy Joris Mirror Horses VZW op in 2008 met als doel om zoveel mogelijk mensen en paarden hun leven te verbeteren zodat zij dan weer anderen hun leven positief kunnen beïnvloeden. Want zij gelooft in het "ripple" effect en dat iedereen zijn bijdrage levert in het verbeteren van de paardenwereld!

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