"You cannot build a dream on a foundation of sand" [T. F. Hodge] and so it is with horses, the solidity of their initial training can create a base from which great things can someday be achieved...or at least allow me to putter around safely on my pony!
|Weaving cones, combining pressure and drawing, and inviting her to think about the task and be more aware of my body language.|
I have continued all of the yielding work from before, and I am now adding in drawing her towards me.
|Backing from pressure and then drawing her back|
I have been working on lots of ground work, being mindful to push her to improve yet not over-face her with anything. Instead of just simply making her do the things, I am trying to set her up to think and problem solve.
|A little fun at the beginning of trot work!|
We have been practicing parking at the mounting block with me leaning over her back and working on both sides equally. Now is the time to get up and begin working on one-rein stop!
|Shiraz being a super star at the mounting block.|
I worked on one-rein stop for a while on both sides. I am looking for not just the stop, but yielding her head and flexing her neck with softness.
I finished up with basic turns where I am asking with my leg and seat, but use the stick to help her make the connection. So far so good!