Toward the middle of September I'll be going to Reno, Nevada, to help pick up Ruby and learn from horse trainer Clinton Anderson's method. Can't wait!
I've been watching Clinton's ground work videos. There are 5 DVDs;
1: Philosophy and Psychology
3: Desensitizing to the lead rope, Desensitizing to the stick and string, Student Lesson-Desensitizing
4:Yield the hindquarters
5: Backing up methods 2, 3, and 4, Yield the forequarters, Student lesson-backing up
I have watched all five. I like to watch the videos more than once in order to get the techniques down. I have 1, 2, and 3 down pretty well and can understand it so I can try them with Ruby and Sugar. Number 4 had a lot of content in it and I have to watch it a few more times to get it in my head. I have some of the backing up method training from 5 that I do with Sugar. But when it doesn't go as I want it I have to go back to the videos again until I know what I'm doing wrong. When I get stuck with Sugar with not knowing what to do to solve the problem, I usually do something else with her until I have another chance to watch that video again.
I love Desensitizing work and Round Penning, mostly because I have those the most down. Desensitizing is really fun because I like to have the feeling of the horse changing from fear to relaxing. I like getting closer and closer with the object until I can do anything I want with it and they'll stand still looking bored. In fact I like it so much that after they're so Desensitized to it I almost wish they can go back to being scared again so I could do it all over. But of course my goal is the opposite!
Round Penning (lunging) is fun too. One of my favorite parts is changing the horse's direction and I LOVE it when the horse reacts quickly and perfectly without stumbling. Another favorite is asking the horse in, and walking around with the horse following me closely. It makes me feel like I have horse powers and I can make the horse do anything I want! ;P
Of course there are a lot of times when things don't work out. I always have to be careful to not show my mood on those occasions...