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post #31 of 32 Old 11-14-2011, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I went to the barn yesterday and rode & he did GREAT! I've had a bit of a problem lately with him wanting to put his head down, but we're fixing it and my new method of just holding the reins firm when he tries to put his head down is working. He might take a few strides with me holding firm with his head trying to go down, but then he'll slowly inch it back up. Then I soften and praise him. It worked much better than the advice I had gotten to yank one rein straight up. Besides keeping his head up, we're working on getting him more on his hind end & carrying himself better. We did circles in every corner and the walk and trot with serpentines down the long sides of the arena at the walk/trot. Then we did an exercise where we walk, halt, back up, then trot off for ten strides and bring him back down and do it all over again. We also did trotting poles so that he will learn to carry himself properly. He did very good with all of the exercises! We threw in some cantering here & there, he did his transitions well. Then I rewarded him by taking him out of the ring and walking and trotting around the barn yard. He was a very good boy!

I keep forgetting to get pictures because I ride until it's dark. But I'll be out again today and since he did so awesome yesterday, I probably won't ride for long and will get some pictures taken for all to see! :)
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post #32 of 32 Old 11-14-2011, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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FINALLY got another picture of his hooves today! Sorry it's still on dirt, there isn't much else out at the barn. Haha.
See it here, I can't get it to attach. Haha.

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