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Positives: Yvette is very attentive to whomever is leading her. She matches walking speed easily and will step back to follow her leader without a prompt. Areas for improvement: She was more agitated and nervous than usual. It took around 10 minutes for her to accept a halter. She also seemed unusually nervous while we were walking and did not lower her head to appear more relaxed until towards the end of our time together. I am not sure if this was due to the time of day (after feeding time, before sunset) or if it was related to her stressful responses during out last time practicing together. We did not practice lunging or trailer loading and instead worked on staying calm, direct and indirect backing, and desensitization.
Positives: This was the first day when we attempted lunging on a line. She still needs lots of practice and the stick&string was used to ask her to maintain speed. She practiced lunging at a walk and trot only. I was also able to put more distance between us without her getting nervous. Areas for improvement: She ran once and pulled back multiple times while lunging. Additionally, she pulled back in response to things that intimidated her (car door slamming, clipping/unclipping lunge line, tension on the lead rope, etc). She also pulled back once while practicing stepping near and into the trailer. It was quite windy, which made everything harder and more stressful for her. There were 2 other horses were in the arena which also seemed to increase her nervous energy. She is a high strung horse who needs a confident and calm partner.
Positives: She accepted the halter within 5 minutes of my entrance into her space. She also had an improvement with indirect backing and remained relatively calm while walking in an area with a lot of people and activity. She was re-introduced to the trailer and stepped in with her two front legs. Areas for improvement: She pulled back and panicked when I tied her (\\\"half solid\\\" - lead rope looped twice around a corral bar). She calmed down relatively quickly once the halter tension was removed.