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        05-18-2010, 03:33 AM
    Well he both backward and forward and sways rapidly between tho two! Lol
    I hacked him out with a friends horse last night as it was a beautiful summers evening. We headed to the grass track field where there are lots of white posts and trailers to be scared of! We started off by having to follow the other horse n being a bit stuffy and slow. We got to the field and when trotting round with my friends horse he starts getting silly and hollowing and getting even more bouncy! So I pulled him up and told my friend to carry on! At this point he could have gone one of two ways, either throw all his teddys out of his pram at being left behind or start listening to me! Thankfully with all our progress he did the lata! he was upset clearly but listened and although still spooky he started to do as he was told. We did 3laps of the field in a mixture of controlled walk trot and canter with my friends horse schooling politely in the one corner. Each time, especially the first time we passed the other horse I felt sure we would have a napping fit but no, nothing! Went straight passed as he was asked and although he got very sweaty he was actually brilliant! I then thought right let's leave it at that and called my friend over to head back. As we approached the gate and bridle path home Aston slowed to let the other horse lead! As he does! Lol but a pressed him to take the lead and after one rear n a few stops he went and led the whole way back quite relaxed and even able to have his reins a lil more!
    Now I'm sure some of you are going to think that most horses will head home ok but please understand that Aston doesn't lead the way! Home or anywhere so this is a HUGE step for us! Im soooo pleased! :-D

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        05-18-2010, 05:35 AM
    That's great, well done!
    And well done you for being firm and being in charge. It's not easy and napping is not fun in the slightest. Sounds like he's starting to trust and respect you more now. Good luck with him! (:
        05-18-2010, 05:43 AM
    Oh thank uuuuu!! Yes I think the penny is dropping! x
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