Emi and I had our second lesson tonight and she was super! I'm not counting on it....but if she continues to be this "easy" I'll be beyond thrilled. To start we re-addressed some of the in hand work we started with last time. Standing still with Emi keeping her nose to herself, walking quietly slightly behind me, stopping when I stop etc. She was doing this very nicely so KB asked if she would back up if I backed up. The answer to that was yes, along with yielding her forehand away from me with out me having to touch her. These are all things I have worked on with her before so they were easy to do.
Once finished checking in on those skills we moved on to lunging. I demonstrated what we have been doing and KB instructed me on some of my technique (or lack thereof). I'm curious how many of you feel like you have received a good foundation in ground work/lunging etc? It's something that I did not get much instruction on growing up but have learned more about over the past 10 years. KB is big on in hand work and I'm looking forward to learning a lot from her by starting Emi at the beginning.
Emi was much more relaxed than she was for our first lesson. I'm sure it helped that I handled her almost exclusively and that she had a better understanding of what we were doing. KB held her for me while I went to grab a lunge whip and commented that Emi was very connected to me as she carefully watched me come and go. That's not the first time I've noticed that or had someone comment. I've never owned a horse that was that attached and it's fun! She's not bad for other people but you can tell that I'm "hers."
We worked on a prompt response to my cues, spiraling in on the circle and then back out, and not pulling on me. She was not sweaty when we finished and hardly seemed out of breath. I think she's already becoming a little fit and definitely less stressed. Another positive experience has been logged.
|Why yes, this is me not treating Emi like a pet...haha.|