09-05-2011, 06:04 AM
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We do a lot of groundwork, he backs up off the lightest cue and all I have to do to move him sideways is point at the part I want him to move. A lot of the groundwork we do is quite Parelli-like but I don't consider it Parelli so much as just games we play. He leads with nothing. It is a good suggestion though. Re the lunging, it's a bit tricky, because the only horsey person I have daily access to is my Mum, and she broke her arm about 6 weeks ago. She's still in the cast and can't help me with that. We can free lunge him in the round yard but I can just as effectively just hop on and drive him myself.
His bolting is purely fear related, as I said a couple of homes ago he wasn't in the best place and they didn't really treat him that well. He has random "moments" but they're happening less and less often.
My doctor told me to ride more today to help keep my depression under control. I was going to set myself that task anyway to help keep my NERVES under control! I'm really tired after work and dr appointment so I won't ride today but definitely tomorrow, probably first thing, and I have a lesson Wednesday with my amazing coach.