Nellie is a black filly out of Blue Angel and by Mr. Marcum (Mr. Marcum won the 2008 RMHA International Stallion Championship) She has wonderful conformation - she's going to look like her sire when she's grown! Homozygous for black - so will never throw a red foal.
The first video below is of Nellie's ground work so far (4/8/12). Here are the things you will see:
Light round penning. I ask her to change directions by turning into me (she turns wrong and gets corrected) then I ask her to come into me and follow me when I move.
Yield the hindquarters. Also yield, turn & face me.
Backing up with the following methods: tapping the air, waving the stick, wiggle the rope, marching (her first marching experience), backing off halter pressure and pressure to her chest.
Yield hindquarters by touching her hip.
Yielding the forequarters (asking her to step across her front foot). This is her first day at this, second session in the video.
First day for very light lunging - basically I want her to move forward off the halter pressure, then yield & face me.
4/8/12 The video below shows her desensitizing exercises. You will see:
Throwing the rope around her.
Stick & String on her & whipping the ground
Plastic bag on a string
Tarp (this is her first day meeting the tarp, second session)
Spray bottle (first day)
Picking up feet
2/25/13 I haven't played with Nellie all winter - today it was in the 50's so I thought I'd get out and see how she did. You will see her send between me & the stall walls - she doesn't mind the tight space, in & out of the stalls, backing in & out of a stall, C-Pattern across the yard, walk the plank, go over the logs, go through a narrow space between the barrels and lunge around a small gully and the creek.