January 15, 2010
Session 1: I worked Jackson for about an
hour. I worked more lunging and
communicating while lunging. Jackson is
starting to get it. He will usually slow
down on cue while lunging to the left. Going
to the right, he doesn’t do as well. He
slowly pulls away and doesn’t seem to want
to slow down on cue. We will just keep
working on it.
Jackson is getting a little better at doing
the obeisance on cue. He still likes to bow
and lay down on his own. He sat on the pile
of snow again, on cue.
Session 2: I tacked Jackson up with saddle
and bosal. I warmed him up by lunging him
with the cordeo. I rode him at the walk and
worked on turning with really light cues. He
did pretty well with that. I am using a
clicker while riding. I did a little work on
the half pass at the walk.
I did a little work at the trot. Mostly
asked him to relax and worked on turning and
stopping. He did pretty well. I am mostly
focusing on the canter right now as that is
where I have had lots of problems before.
Once the canter is a little better, I will
come back and do more work at the walk and
He canter much nicer today. It was slower
and more controlled. He does better going to
the right than to the left. I am working on
slowing his canter down and being able to
turn with just my body cues.
He was doing much better today so I decided
to ask for a step or two of the half pass at
the canter. He did it! He did a small half
pass in both directions at the canter! That
is so cool. We won’t practice if much until
I know he is stronger, but still very fun!
February 05, 2013