With Jackson and Lucy, I don't have any problem with "draw." They both are learning "pause." This is particularly hard for Lucy -- a pushy, dominant, princess mare.
|Left to right: Pistol, Jackson and Lucy|
|Pistol is in heat again... Jackson continues to be a bit confused.|
Jackson has always been a bit rude. Before he was retired, I didn't tolerate it and he stopped (with me; he still tested everyone else). After he was retired, I got lax. He has been retired for six years -- so he's back to being pretty rude. Fortunately, it only took one reminder for me to establish the ground rules. We walk; I stop; he waits for me to say "have some," and then he grazes.
Lucy is a bit more work. We walk. We stop. She dives for the grass.
"Wait." I say, in a firm voice.
She dives for the hay. I repeat, while correcting with either the whip touching her nose, or a yank on the lead rope (if I forgot to carry the whip).
She raises her head and looks away from me in disgust. When she turns to me, I say "have some."
She understands, but she'd rather not comply, so we repeat this a lot.