Today's lesson was GREAT. Learned alot, both w/riding & horse behavior (was so nice to not be wiped out from poo [from work or poo-doo]). In roundpen (still bareback pad) did alot of walking,got Tommy into fast walk on my own,got centered/balanced,practiced (w/out couching; Janice sat on a barrel in the middle & just let me do it) turns,cornering,to-rail away-from rail. I kept him handily from going to her. Then, she said we'll go the the arena, because Tommy's stride is so big,he'll be able to to get things better,I I can feel it all better (she said usually she doesn't bring students to the arena until they can walk/trot/canter). So Walked the big boy over there.
We did well, right side. Then up in the far end the neighbor's coon dogs in their kennel started to bay,which made Janice's lab hanging out outside the arena bark. Tommy noticed,but did fine. Halfway down,she asked me to turn him @ a pole, to go the other direction. When we came to the coon-dogs,still baying,Tommy got scared (Janice said later he didn't like them on his left side,as all was "new"), which scared me,which scared him. Not a bad scare for either of us, but I got into my consciousness that my uncertainty fed his, so both of us needed to go back to the safety-zone of the round pen.
I walked him back. Had to dismount, but Janice reassured me. I was surprised that a "scared" level arose in my body that was unwarranted for the minor circumstance. She said I'm "not back yet, but it'll come. Back in the round pen, I got my peace back, & Tommy was comforted. We did a bit more of what we had been doing, then 'tho my head/heart wanted more, my body said "that's enough". A very,very good lesson.
I did tell Janice that the only reason that I eventually want to learn the canter, is that if a horse I'm on gets scared of something & goes for it...She said "so you can ride it". Exactly. So I can ride it.
I'll do those pics of Fire & Bailey in a bit...