Loses focus during free walk
I'm running into a consistent problem while riding tests away from home. We have beautiful first half of the test till the free walk. Primo will stretch down slowly and march on in a nice loose swinging walk, until he snaps up his head and takes in the scenery. At this point he may jig, try to turn, trot off, or whatever other idea springs into his head. It's like the brief chance to chill breaks his focus and it takes me at least two movements to get him back.
At home we rarely have an issue, but I've started schooling him where I don't truly let him stretch all the way, wiggling my fingers and pushing him forward with my seat. Two of my most recent tests note that he needs to be allowed to stretch.
So do I let him stretch and then impersonate a giraffe, or only let him out so far, enough to keep his brain focused?
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