However, she's been wiggly in the cross ties. I'm not sure when this wiggle thing really started. I know it was sometime after I got pregnant, and it clearly became a habit. But what is causing it? Some days she's nice and quiet and stands still, but others she's constantly fidgeting in the cross ties. It's not to a dangerous level, just an annoying one. Furthermore if I leave her in the cross ties but take them off she'll ground tie nicely. So how can I fix the wiggles?
Things I've done, that have had no effect:
- Ask her to back a step and tell her to stand, every time she fidgets.
- Pull her immediately out of the cross ties when she fidgets and asking her to move her feet/back, etc. Return her to the cross ties once she's licking her lips and chomping in acknowledgement, etc.
- Let her stand in the cross ties for hours while ignoring the behavior.
I'm curious to see what happens tonight at the barn, but at the very least it worked yesterday and on top of that I had a great ride. So the mare earned her 4.0 last night. Fingers crossed it wasn't a fluke.
Happy trails and swooshing tails!