|she's been wanting to do this for months|
But as mellow as he's been *knock on wood* he still has a lot of things to learn.
-stand still when I mount up
-Moving off my leg
-making circles that aren't a quarter mile in diameter
-paying attention and not worrying when your buddies who are also outside are not standing right on the fence watching.
He does have fantastic brakes. And halts square. So the hard part is basically done right??
The last 2 nights because of the sore tootsies (farrier on Monday *fingers crosses*) I lunged him lightly with loose side reins to encourage stretching down and out. And then I got on him with a dressage whip and used it to help him stop being deaf to my leg. Today I added little bitty cones and taught him to turn around them. I try to keep my reins relaxed and use a lot of leg.
|2 for $1 at the dollar tree|
going back for more...
This was all at the walk by the way. As soon as he has shoes we can do this at the trot and see if we can actually make some decent corners and learn to bend around my leg into them and and make some nice circles. And he's so happy to be back in work.