Mana and I had our first session of ground driving this year. It went absolutely great considering the last time he did this was when he first learned it almost a year ago and I am just plain inept at it in the first place.
I am on the look out for a surcingle that has some lower rings on there, but this is what I have to work with for now.
Luckily I had friends around that helped by taking pictures for me. I have few pics of my horses and myself, so I very much appreciate them as well as it helps me to see where I need improvement. I am not so much worried about being perfect with this session as it was mostly just to see if he was going to have a meltdown and to gauge what he remembers so I know where to start.
He was lovely 99% of the time. I made the mistake of not having my whip with me for those "I don't know about this, maybe I'll just ignore your forward cue" moments but the end of my driving lines worked well enough. Won't do that again.
Can't wait to have him home with me again. The hour drive to see him is tough, but the barn owner is a great lady and Mana gets spoiled with treats while I'm not there. Hopefully I can have him ten minutes from me again by Feb. but we'll see. If I do, then I'll have miles and miles of trails to walk (and hopefully later this year, ride) Mana on right up the road.
Fingers crossed that everything works out.
He sees another boarder's horse out and got all distracted. She doesn't like him at all, but he tries so hard to be friends. LOL. Poor guy.
One of those "I'm going to pretend I didn't hear you cluck" moments.
Back on track!
"You're trying to take a nice picture? Let me help by moving at the last second."
"I was just trying to help!" *Grumpy face*
Finally, almost done. Don't mind the suspicious look on my face. I was waiting for him to move again at the last second.