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October 15th, 2003
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Oof. Da.

Woman of steel. Brain of jello.

Spent three days at a Mark Rashid clinic with Palisades, wherein I learned valuable things, like Palisades only acts like Lord King Breeding Stallion when I am handling him. (Equally valuable, I learned what to do about it.)

Mark's clinics are some of the hardest and most useful work I do in a year. Almost anywhere else I go, the impulse to clean things up for public display is in operation to some extent. Even if it's something I don't know how to do very well, you'll rarely catch me admitting it. A clinic with Mark, though, is much like stepping into center stage and announcing, "Okay, here's a problem I've made and I don't know how to undo it. How am I fucking up?" And, with vast kindness and patience, Mark will show me how.

That doesn't mean I like it all that much, but I keep going back. (I'm even contemplating doing one of his week-long intensives in Colorado next summer. How am I going to fit that in with Witchcamp? I have no idea.)

Oh, and somewhere in the middle of this (Tuesday night, in fact) I had my first bio lab practical, so on top of taking three days off work (no pay) and driving back and forth with Palisades, I had to run off and pay attention to school work. This coming weekend will be more of the same, as having skipped Chem all this week I have a test on Monday, and a lot of homework to do between now and then.

Started stringing the poppy jasper and stick pearls with little gold separators, and it looks like I envisioned it would, but it's not quite there yet. More texture is required, and I'm not sure what it wants.

Tired now. Should eat dinner and fall over.

Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: 10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden - "These Are Days"

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From:cjsmith
Date:October 16th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
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Palisades only acts like Lord King Breeding Stallion when I am handling him. (Equally valuable, I learned what to do about it.)

I know nearly zilch about handling horses, but am curious. Is it possible to explain in small words what it is you're supposed to do about it?
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From:ambar
Date:October 16th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
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It's really a generic training problem that could come up in any species. One word: overgeneralizing.

I knew that I would need to give Palisades a cue so he could distinguish a breeding situation from a non-breeding situation. The cue I chose was using a chain over his nose. However, he hasn't generalized the chain -- his breeding cue is ME.

Oops.

So the thing to do is to give him another job which involves both interacting with me and not breeding (also not nickering at moving horses, smelling manure piles, dropping his penis, etc and so on). So I'm going to be lunging him, setting him up to ground drive, possibly breaking him to ride, whatever, but while doing this I'm going to be alert for any signs of him focusing on sex (see above list) and if he does, I'll take it as a hint that I'm not being sufficiently interesting, and make something change (turn, change gaits, back up, whatever).
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From:cjsmith
Date:October 16th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I knew that I would need to give Palisades a cue so he could distinguish a breeding situation from a non-breeding situation. The cue I chose was using a chain over his nose. However, he hasn't generalized the chain -- his breeding cue is ME.

Oh. Um. Oops. Yeah, I could see how that would be a problem!

So the thing to do is to give him another job which involves both interacting with me and not breeding (also not nickering at moving horses, smelling manure piles, dropping his penis, etc and so on).

Cool. And once you're successful with that, once he sees enough of you in non-breeding situations, he may clue in on the chain being his cue.

Clever! But I would never have thought of it.
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