Every day, I try to do a little bit of training with Lilja and Dreki, my Icelandic horse yearlings.
Dreki is an easy-going boy who has matured in his head so much these past few winter months. He is always easily caught (mostly because he is in my face wanting nose kisseys) and wears a headcollar happily.
We have even started leading though he is not very good at it but, still, it is a start.
Lilja on the other hoof, ever since we moved her to this field with her mother, has always been difficult. She took huge umbrage at the time and has refused to get over herself enjoying her “issues”. She is a diva and I have had to back off on any thought of training or getting her used to Mr Headcollar as I couldn’t get very near her.
But this past week, we have had a breakthrough – Lilja has been more open to discussion and, with careful body language, I can now put a headcollar on her in the field.
I have managed this on three consecutive days and yes, the headcollar is huge as it is used for her mother, but the general being-able-to-wear-it is an achievement.
Once on, I tell Lilja that no one, to my knowledge, has actually died from having to wear a headcollar. This is Big Girl stuff.
Lilja is not certain that she believes me, but this is progress from the hysterical little Miss who was convinced she had a note from her Mum saying she was exempt from anything she wanted not to do, which was basically everything!
There is lots of being told what a clever girl she is.
I am pleased we have finally moved forwards. I was beginning to worry!