I got Jackson and Sadeem out together again.
I only had them out for about a half hour as
the wind is pretty cold here. It was a lot
of fun and I see my relationship with both
horses grow more and more. Today I worked
them in a pasture with two big gates left
wide open. They probably knew they were open
and never even left. They both were content
to stay with me. That is another huge step.
Less so for Jackson, but still, with the
wind blowing and the horses all excited,
they stayed with me.
Sadeem seems to be learning things very
quickly. Not so much in following exact
cues, but in his behavior and ability to
learn. When I had him out last (Dec. 28) I
worked with him for a few moments on doing
the Jambette. I only worked on his left
front leg. Today, he kept position himself
right next to me, with his left shoulder by
me. He offered Jambettes all on his own. He
was happy to stay with me.
When I would send him off to run around, a
few times I called him and he came right up.
Also, when I was taking him back to the
pasture, both Jackson and Sadeem were loose.
The both took off running, but Jackson came
back after he had run about 40 feet. Sadeem
ran to the barn, but then came running back,
right to me! That is progress. Usually he
just runs around and wonít come up to me. I
think that gradually he is trusting me more
and more. Either that, or he wants the food
in my pouch!
Jackson had lots of energy. He would run
around and then come back. He even initiated
several rears. He laid down about 3 times,
not on cue. He did some very nice obeisance.
He didnít try to bow or lay down then. That
is progress from our last training.
He did a couple of rears that he held pretty
well. One of the things I am noticing when
he moves is that he is traveling more and
more rounded. In a video that we made in
May, he runs to me, but his head is up and
his back is hollow. Now, I see him more and
more with his neck lower and more rounded.
When he stops while he is running with me, I
see his hind end much more engaged. He did
some passage steps today and they seemed to
take less effort than they had previously.
When he was running and playing around, I
noticed how much more muscled he is. More
muscled than I have ever seen him. He
carries himself differently too. For me,
that seems incredible. In only started doing
a lot of and in the end of October. It
hardly seems possible that with this liberty
training he could have gotten so much in
shape and more collected. I canít wait to
see what he looks like in the spring!
February 05, 2013