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Louie: March 29

I hope you guys made it home before the weather set it last weekend! We lucked out & only got a few inches or so & most of it has already melted.

To start Louie's first week here, I introduced him to Desensitizing to the Lead Rope & Stick & String, Yielding the Hindquarters & Forequarters, Backing, Lunging Stages 1 & 2, & Flexing.

At first, he was a little unsure about the Desensitizing, especially when slapping the ground with the stick & string. By the end of the week, it had improved dramatically. Yielding the Hindquarters was a bit rushed initially, so I'll be looking to see that slow down & get a bit more fluid. He was pretty resistant to Yielding the Forequarters & wanted to step forward & block me with his shoulder, so we had to work on Backing first. I have four methods that I ask for the backup (1. Tap the Air, 2. Wiggle, Wave, Walk, Wack, 3. Marching, & 4. Steady Pressure). Once he figured this out, he did pretty well. Yielding the Forequarters went a bit better after that, but it's not uncommon for horses to be a bit resistant to giving up that forequarter control at first. Lunging Stage 1 is where things got a bit ugly on Day 1. Right now, the biggest thing that I've seen from Louie is his reactivity to pressure in the general area in front of him. This leads him to brace against halter pressure and even rear at times as he tries to evade the pressure. We spent a fair bit of time working on having him come up off of that halter pressure & move the shoulder over to travel around me before asking him to yield his hindquarters to face me. While it took a fair bit of time, he caught on by the end of the first session & it carried throughout the rest of the week. He did much better when I introduced Lunging Stage 2 (a quick turn without the stop & face) today. When I first asked him to Flex, he wanted to move his feet a bit, but today he was Flexing just off of feel without the need for much contact on the halter. He's stood tied at the trailer very well after each of his sessions.

Next week, we'll get into the round pen & see where he's at with his Round Penning. I'll also introduce the Sending Exercise (which will be incredibly helpful for improving his responsiveness to that halter pressure behind the poll), Circle Driving, & Leading Beside. I'll begin saddling him about mid-week as well. I'm hoping we'll be able to get a bath towards the end of the 70° weather. Since we found a few holes to work through in his groundwork, I'll probably hold off on first rides here until after I return from Texas.

- Lexy Nuesch


 Next week's update will be posted on Friday.

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30 mar

Every struggle he’s had so far is no surprise. I am so glad that he has adjusted quickly. He is such a quick learner and so eager to learn. Can’t wait to see his improvement

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Lexy Nuesch
30 mar
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This next week is going to be a good one for him!

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