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Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 6
 By SuperLevi   •   9th Apr 2016   •   1,714 views   •   0 comments
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Time really has been flying by and Leela continues to rise to the occasion despite her fast paced training. My job as my mustang’s trainer is to make sure she progresses through the 100 day makeover without her becoming overwhelmed. Fortunately, things have been so-far-so-good in that department. Leela is an eager and willing student and I hope to keep her that way.

This week we set up a mock trail class to practice putting our mustang makeover mares through. Since one of the three preliminary classes is a trail class, getting Leela confident over various obstacles is critical. Trainers competing in the makeover do not know what obstacles they will be judge on so we have to do our best to prepare for any obstacle that might be put into our class.

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Picking up and carrying rain slickers are common with the makeovers. Since I did not have a rain coat out, I used a small tarp instead. The tarp was placed in the mail box and even though Leela couldn’t see it until I opened the mail box and pulled it out, she did fantastic as I desensitized her to me tossing the tarp around as I rode her around. I really could not have been happier with how she handled all of that.

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So we moved on to walking over a bridge, tarp, and over a pole with a flower box. Horses sometimes get suspicious of bright colorful flowers. Interning at a jumping barn has given Leela and I an advantage of having plenty of flowers at our disposal as well as plenty of exposure. Even though my little mustang has not had any issues with the flower boxes, I want her as comfortable around them as possible. In a new environment even something as familiar as a plastic flower can make a green weary.

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I have done a lot of backing under saddle, but this week with the obstacle course set up was Leela’s first time backing through poles. Sometimes when a horse is learning to back through poles they actually try to avoid going near the poles. Leela had to gain some confidence in her ability to go backwards while trusting me to guide her through. We started off easy with two simple poles parallel to each other spread out enough that the horse doesn’t feel claustrophobic. As the horse gets more comfortable with the poles far apart, they can be made narrower to limit the amount of room for error. A flower box was added to the end because in some classes they might have to back into a fence or a pole. Because directly behind a horse is a blind spot, horses can sometimes become worried if backing into an object. Leela didn’t seem to mind but it’s a good protocol to practice nonetheless.

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Leela was also introduced to dragging a pole. For my safety and to give her a better shot at success, I first dragged the pole on the ground beside Leela as I led her around. I purposefully had her move in figure eights so that she would have to look away from the object that was following her. On some occasions the lariat or pole might touch her as we navigated around, so it was important that she became more comfortable with them touching her out of the blue to avoid spooking when I ask the same thing under saddle. She was well prepared and had no issues dragging the pole under saddle later that day. With me holding the reins in one hand and the rope in the other, Leela had to ride one handed, which meant she had to ride off my legs and not a direct rein. She did super awesome going one handed for the first time so I was more than pleased with how she handled that obstacle.

After all the trail practice, I took some time to have fun with Leela and goof around with some tricks. By touching her nose and rewarding her with a treat every time she lifted her lip, she has learned to smile on cue. Leela was already partial to curling her lip up so I guessed that teaching this trick would come natural for her – and it did. She has quite the smile now. A trick that I did not foresee her understanding with ease was sitting up. With Leela laying down so well, I decided this week to challenge her some by playing around with the idea of sitting up. To teach Leela to sit up, I first asked her to put her front legs out in front of her ask she was laying down, and then I’d reward with a treat for her not getting all the way up. Then I’d wiggle the lead rope and as for her to maybe lift her neck and reward. Eventually I asked Leela to lift her neck more, so that she had to push up with her front legs just the slightest. I built on the smallest effort of her lifting herself up until she step by step found herself sitting upright. Such a clever girl she is! I’d thought sitting up would be tough for her to figure out because she liked to jump up quickly from the laydown, but she proved me wrong.

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Next weekend she will get trailered out to her first local horse show, so we will continue to prepare for that as we train for the Extreme Mustang Makeover in May. All the competing mustangs are auctioned off at the end of the makeover but Leela really is growing on me. It will be tough seeing her go, but that only makes it all the more important for me to enjoy every bit of the journey and our time together.
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