Livvy-roping an unhandled horse
Livvy is an older (estimated 8-12) feedlot rescue with an unknown past. She was saved from the slaughter pipeline by LBL Equine Rescue last year while in foal. this video begins after Dan had been working with her for over 2 hours, the majority of which was just trying to get close enough to her to remove the rope. The audio with give you more details of our thoughts on what is happening so I highly recommend you listen to it to get a full understanding. Please note-we ended up using a hook specifically made for this purpose from the outside of the pen to remove the rope successfully. If that had not worked, we would have cut the rope in order to remove it. We will never leave it on if we are not working with the horse and do everything in our power to ensure the horses are safe. Livvy is uninjured and happily rolled in her pen and got a drink of water and a snack after this session.
the bowtie pattern
This is a short clip showing the bowtie pattern being ridden to help this mare build confidence to transition to the canter. The bowtie is a riding pattern we use a lot to help with transitions. It is great for building confidence in both young horses and inexperienced ir fearful riders. The idea is to, as you turn the barrel and get pointed straight to the fence, hustle as quickly to fence as possible, asking for the transition (I.e. walk to trot, trot to canter, walk to canter). Once you get to the fence quit asking even if the the horse doesn't make the transition and let them cruise to the next barrel. As you leave the fence to turn the barrel, begin asking for the downward transition (canter to trot, trot to walk, etc), circle the barrel and hustle them back to the fence. Repeat as long as it takes to get confidence in the rider or horse. We like to end this pattern when they make the transition confidently and let them carry that past the barrel and then stop elsewhere in the arena.