Pretty much as soon as we go in to the arena Emi was ready to go. I know she wanted to run, and she decided to do some bucking too. After a couple small rodeos she settled down and was being decent. She still wasn't as easy as she can be, but I don't blame her for wanting to play. That being said, baby girl does need to learn some restraint when she is working. I got after her for the naughty stuff (bucking) and redirected the exuberance. We did a little bit of trotting her in hand before handing her off to Tarra and Mystic.
She started out either dragging behind or rushing ahead.
I don't like this....
Still not thrilled, but going with the flow.
Time to change directions
Now she was getting it!
Final trot through and she had it figured out.
Although this wasn't her first time being ponied it was the first time we really practiced trotting. Tarra thought it would be good for her to have the lead rope swinging and really be able to keep her on task with Mystic rather than it being easier for her to pull me around on the ground. I definitely saw improvement and I know it was good for her. When they finished I took her trotting one lap around the arena and it was our best yet.
While we were walking the horses out, Tarra and I were talking about finding a good balance when raising a baby. I feel like you need to have similar expectations to what you want from an adult horse, but I also think you need to be easier in your correction of them. As nice as it would be, they don't come knowing all the things we want them to. I really do try to be very aware of the things I let Emi do. It's easier to let her get away with stuff since she's still so small and cute, but I know she won't be like that forever. Overall I thought today was really great practice for the show since I'm sure she's going to be wound up.