January 6, 2010
I worked Jackson and Sadeem separately at
first, then a little bit together.
I worked Jackson for about 45 minutes. We
just worked on some more basics. He did a
couple of very lovely obeisances! They were
really nice. He also offered to bow several
times. I worked on his rears only a little
bit. I was encouraging him to lean back and
rear, not very high, but just small rears.
He did make some progress on that.
The most fun was the lunging. I lunged him
with the cordeo and worked on transitions
from long and low to more Ramener and
collection. It was fun to see him do this.
He likes to go with his head down now and I
donít discourage this. Then I asked him to
bring his head up and collect for a bit, and
then drop it down again. He seems to be
getting stronger and stronger.
I rode him for just tiny bit bareback. His
back feels so much firmer and stronger! I am
sure he is in the best shape he has ever
been. His trot felt much bigger and his
shoulder freer. I didnít have much turning
control, but I actually didnít feel like he
is going to run away or anything like that.
Sadeem was interesting today. I got him out
and worked with him for about 10 minutes. I
wanted to work on his parking out, Jambette,
and rearing. Sadeem kind of acted strange
for the first part of the training. He would
do Jambettes, but didnít seem to want to
rear or even look at me to work on his
So I just stopped all pressure and watched
him. I am not sure what his problem was, it
might have been that he felt I hadnít
rewarded enough tries of his. I am still not
sure. So I brought Jackson in there and had
him rear a couple of times to see if that
would get Sadeem to interact more. But no,
he just left if I asked him to rear.
Sadeem kept coming up to me and I decided to
work on something brand new. I decided to
work on ďKiss.Ē I leaned forward toward his
nose and he got curious and touched my face.
Click, reward. I repeated this several times
and he quickly caught on to what I was
asking. We did about 7 repetitions, I think.
After that, he seemed more animated and I
asked for a rear, and he offered to get
light in the front end. Click, reward. The
next time I asked him he gave me a small
rear. C/R (click, reward). After that, we
went in the yard and Sadeem kept offering
rears and wanting to interact. He did a
couple of pretty big rears. Keep in mind,
that I am only asking for small rears right
now. He volunteers the big ones.
On another note, I think I mentioned that
when I worked Jackson and Sadeem together,
Jackson would rear when I was only asking
Sadeem to. I only did a little work on
ďstay,Ē but it seems to have had big
results. Today, Sadeem was standing right
next to Jackson, touching in fact, and when
I asked Sadeem to rear (which he did),
Jackson only started parking out (I rewarded
him of course). So, that is a lot of
Conner, my brother, filmed some videos later
in the day. Here is the link:
November 20, 2013