I started introducing a baby version of the diamond canter exercise we did with Benny. It worked pretty well to the left but was hard to the right. She was a little slow when cantering to the right and did one hop that could have turned in to her little bucking business from the other night. This time I was ready and turned her nose in while giving her a kick, and that was the end of that.
From start to finish our ride was under 25 minutes, which was perfect. When we got to a great spot I trotted her straight down to the "scary" corner, halted, dismounted and gave her a lump of sugar and lots of scratches. I'm trying to be very black and white with her, rewarding her often when she's doing the right thing. She's learning the spoken word "whoa" quite well and is totally happy to put on the brakes and stand for a 30 seconds (or more) as a reward.
|Taking a break|
I think it's fine line between not pushing hard enough but also not being greedy (especially when she's being good). Sometimes I have to remind myself that she's still only a three year old, and she's usually quite a good three year old...I've had older horses who were much harder than she is, so I think I'll cut us some slack when things are going quite as well as I would like. It was awesome to have a fun ride tonight and now she will have the next couple of days to hang out before we go back to work. In the mean time I plan to re-watch my lessons from our boot camp with JW and see what things I've forgotten since then. There is always so much to learn and so much to work on and I'm enjoying the journey.
|This girl puts a smile on my face|