Well, The approach assignment is as follows:
Approach your horse from 4 metres. Standing at or behind the shoulder allowing your horse to sniff the back of your hand. Rub your horse and ask them to bend towards you as you put the halter on and tie knot correctly.
Rub and check them all over.
Pick up and check all 4 feet
Time - 5 minutes.
I have tried to pass this a few times....it sounds easy but with a horse a bit eager to defend himself it's um not.
Anyway I did my video's and sent them off to be marked. The comments I got back were:
1st attempt - (about a month ago) - Harvey chose to walk of in your approach and isn't happy with you rubbing his legs. It was good to see you did this in the open so Harvey could have some options. Practise this one until he is happy to have you come up and give him a rub all over. This will go a long way to building rapport needed when riding and handling him.
2nd attempt - (about 2 weeks ago) Make sure to approach his shoulder rather then his head, approaching his shoulder will encourage flex and softness (build rapport). Put your throat lash on first rather then the nose when putting the halter on. Almost there.
3rd attempt (!.5 weeks ago) Same feedback as above re the approach.
My main problem is he either turns away from me or goes to bite/kick. (biting he particularly means). When he's not being unfriendly and will let you catch him he still pins his ears and looks like you've upset him, some of that I think is his natural expression :-P
Skippy's mum...yes I did get the homework cards....thank you for the offer though
Newforest..yes very similar to audition sheets...I find them really helpful as it encourages me not to rush through without practising but also that every practise counts, even with mistakes.
Would be interested in seeing how they differ to the ones you have :-)
annareeves - yes defintitely. I had been having a bit of a down moment recently but yesterday even though it was snowing we did circling and Harvey, (the pony that didn't lunge other then towards you while being lunged lol) did a couple of circles on each rein in trot without breaking gait while I stood in the middle and passed the rope behind my back. This would have been impossible a few months ago. He also now jumps a jump on a long line without demolishing it because he couldn't be bothered to try unless you were on his back :-)
Yesterday we also did our first one rein riding in a halter (and saddle) and he was good, As it was in a 3 acre open field really he could have been very silly but he tried very hard (even though sometimes he gets flexing and backing up muddled up ..eg, thinks you want him to flex rather then back...I have to get better with my rein) but then again at one point a few months ago he didn't bend (any which way with a bridle!)