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Diamond Polishing II, 4-18-2018

I‘ve mentioned several times that Diamond seems to have balance issues and often her feet get stuck in a particular spot and she doesn’t seem to know that she can move those feet in order to balance.  Oftentimes she’s stretched … Continue reading

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Diamond Polishing – 4-18-2018

Diamond has really been making progress.  Or maybe I should say that I have.  Or something.  I do tend to get stuck on a particular behavior and I don’t want move on to a new behavior until I have what … Continue reading

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Diamond – More Progress – 4-10-2018

Now that the weather is getting somewhat warmer this week (it will be 75 by Friday!), I’ve been trying to train more with Diamond and with Atticus. Some of the things we’ve been working on is hind-end awareness – backing, … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Progress, 3-28-18

Recently, I’ve introduced a few new behaviors, designed to help me work with her hind feet. One is that I’ve been shaping her to back onto a board with her back feet. I started by walking her forward onto the … Continue reading

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Diamond – Feeding Fast, Training Fast – 12-1-17

Diamond and I finally had a breakthrough.  I’ve been working with her for about six months, although not very much in the last several weeks as I was running for office and didn’t have a lot of time.  Now that … Continue reading

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Diamond Training Progress – 12-6-17

Diamond and I have finally had a breakthrough.  I will try to discuss this further and with video in another post.  In this post I want to show you what we worked on today! I had started working with Diamond … Continue reading

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Pain, The Invisible Behavior

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If you do a Google search for “trigger stacking”, you’ll get many results including other blogs and lots of images.  Most of those images explaining trigger stacking don’t include pain on the scale.  However, if you enter “trigger stacking pain”, … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Journey – Learning to Wear a Grazing Muzzle, 8-21-17

Since Diamond is a pony and ponies often have insulin resistance (IR) and suffer from laminitis, I had her tested for IR after she’d been with me one month.  During that month, she’d only had the same IR diet that … Continue reading

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Diamond and Hoof Handling, 7-21-17

Since my last blog, Diamond and I have backed up to a point where I thought she was successful.  And she is, as long as I stay with the right front.  I have, after all, spent more time with that … Continue reading

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Backsliding? Diamond, 7-13-17

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” My last blog post was about loving latent learning because Diamond pleasantly surprised me by offering clean leg lifts on both front legs and letting me catch and … Continue reading

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