February 4, 2010
I got Jackson out for about an hour. We
started with liberty playing. We did some
bowing, laying down, Pose, and companion
walking. One of the neat things that
happened out of the companion walking is
that Jackson learned to kind of lunge
himself. Because he is reading my body
language more, I think we are better able to
work farther away from each other. That has
been really fun to see. I just keep learning
that when you go back and fix certain
things, it really does help over all.
Then I rode him for a bit bareback. I did
some trot work to see if he would relax. It
was pretty neat. We were transitioning from
the walk to the trot with just a seat cue!
And sometimes slowing down that way! ;) I
think his trot was much more relaxed. He was
dropping his head a lot. It was also very,
very fun to see him turn a bunch of the time
by turning my hips. So cool!
We did more lateral work. I also found
something else out: by working a lot on the
walk pirouette to the left, his spin to the
left improved greatly! Wow, they donít tell
you that in the western reining books! That
was pretty neat.
I also did work on two tracks, but actually,
I think it was work on four tracks. I was
trying to be very light and to not hold the
pressure, but Jackson still had an awful lot
of bend. Does that mean he is getting
I also did a few leg yields as well as some
half passes. I tried to be light and to
minimize the aids. That is something I
always need to work on.
Anyway, I think it was a very good day!
February 05, 2013