Diamond’s Journey, 6-2-17

Diamond and I have been working on standing on a pedestal or a mat the last couple of days.  I started with the pedestal in the wash stall and then moved it to the middle of paddock.

In working with the pedestal I pay for position two different ways.  In the beginning I just pay for her being on the pedestal with two front feet.  Then I pay off the pedestal so that she has to step off in order for her to offer getting back on.

Sometimes now, she just offers to get on it without me which, I think, is super!  I would like for her to think of mats and pedestal as places to choose to go whenever it might be a good idea.  This is the basis for working with multiple horses in the same area.

Mr. Atticus still doesn’t like her much, but we’re working on it.

Diamond does not want to go back to her area after training since training in the paddock and the wash stall is so much more rewarding!  I’ve had to use a bucket of feed to get her to follow me back to her area.

Today, however, she didn’t want to even do that.  We got to the gate and she said, “Nope, not going in there!”

Okay, time to get creative.

I moved the mat (a large piece of plywood) and the pedestal to her area.  I put the mat near the gate, but mostly inside the paddock.  She readily stepped on it and stepped off.  Then I moved it about a foot and we practiced again.  I moved the mat again about a foot or so and more practice.  Soon she was inside her area far enough that I could close the gate.  Then we practiced with the pedestal a bit.  I gate her a parting gift in her pan and then left.

I think we are making progress.  🙂

From 5-31-17:

From 6-1-17:

Today, we also practiced a bit with her rain sheet – targeting and eating treats off of it.

Yesterday, the trimmer came to do the boys but he only looked at her and watched her move.  I haven’t really started the training for her feet yet.  Jeremiah will be back in five weeks.

And if you’d like to contribute to her fund for her fostering and rehab, please go here.

Her Facebook page can be found here.


About Laurie Higgins

I play with clicker training - with my horses, dogs, and cats. I also attempt to grow vegetables with the hope of one day being able to feed my family from my garden. My daughter and I are learning ballroom dancing. Well, we were. But she left me for a paying horse job, so now my husband and I are learning ballroom dancing. I'm also now helping Peggy Hogan, of Clicker Training Horses (and The Best Whisper is a Click) to teach people how to train their own horses using "clicker training".
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