Hi, my name is Alex and I'm new
I came here to learn a new way with my horse. She can pick things up with her teeth, point out the difference between colors (we only know basic colors like yellow and purple), roll balls with her nose, target things, follow me at a walk and trot at liberty, as well as turn and stop and back up. She also knows basic cordeo work. She can walk, trot, turn, stop, and back up. We have started on the spanish walk, we've been doing it for nearly a year, she can do several steps but they are not perfect. She can also flex her neck side to side (both sides) and we've started on ramener. She can back up by me standing in front of her and flicking my finger. I only go to the barn 1-3 days per week, so I don't get to work with her every day. Plus, every time I go, I don't like to work with her every time, so we work a few times a month, very short sessions. Some days I just like to sit with her. I don't ride or train with a halter, I begin and continue all training in a cordeo only. I hope it's okay that I don't ride, and I don't train with head gear, just personal beliefs I have
I was wondering, where do I go from here? I've read more about cordeo work in this forum (I was previously in Nevzorov Haute Ecole but they're very vague, and aren't answering a lot of my questions that I'm having trouble with). I read on this forum that I have to teach her to lower and raise her head, which I haven't taught her yet. As for in-hand playing, I don't know how to get her to lope beside me (I'm a beginner, only been working with horses for 4 years). She has loped at a few different points throughout this year, but she hasn't stayed by me. She had begun loping, ran out, bucking and doing leaps and some rears, then ran back toward me and continued trotting beside me.
To introduce my horses, I have a 10 year old mare named Destiny (in a month she'll be 11) and a 15 year old gelding (almost 16) named Prince.
Prince has been started. He currently follows me around at a walk, does turns and stops. This is wonderful, because he used to run away from me and wanted nothing to do with me. Wouldn't even glance up, so I'm glad he comes when called and follows at this point
Not looking to do much with him, we have a lot of growing to do as friends first.