So I finally hopped on jarred again yesterday and he wasnt too bad I guess. I did some groundwork with him before I got on and he seemed pretty calm-ish :) I lunged him as well and all seemed good.
When I first got on he was ok and he walked about 5m and then stopped dead and I couldnt for the life of me get him to move again lol he started lifting his head a few times which he does before he rears so I leant forward and pulled the reins down and to the side so he couldnt rear and at this stage I didnt have my whip with me either as I thought that might be best left on the sidelines seeing as he is so nervy but I ended up getting it a little after the stopping incident :)
This is the vid where he wouldnt move :)
I was pretty tense as well which I know I shouldnt be but I couldnt help but brace myself. Each time I realised I made a mental note to relax but it didnt last long :roll: so I did something I thought I would never need to do again and I got richard to pop the lead rope on and lead us around. I figured this would give me a chance to relax and that was the main thing I thought at this point because I couldnt help him relax while I wasnt relaxed myself.
After about 10 minutes of this I got rich undo the lead rope but still walk around with me. A few minutes later I was relaxed and confident enough to continue by myself. Jarred was still a bit stop start but he was at least going forwards lol I spent the majority of the 20 minute ride just walking around a changing directions a gazillion times and walking in small circles. Every time he started to 'lift' (thats what I call it when they get all tense and they seem to tighten up and lift a little with their head up) I would change directions and do a circle. I did it all on a pretty loose rein. I had contact with his mouth but very little.
He doesnt look as bad on the video as he feels when you are on him. He's just a nervous little ball of energy at the moment lol but by the end of the ride he had settled a fair bit. I wasnt asking him to take the bit but he reached for it here and there. I have some pics ill post at the end of how he was going at the end of the ride. I stopped having videos taken and started getting some still shots at the end. But, he's not behaving as rudely as he was before which is a start and I got off on a good note today which I was very happy about :) got that bit of confidence back again yay :)
And some stills
And heres a video for fun. I've been working on getting jarred to follow me when I say and to come when I call him. He used to come to a whistle but of late he's been pretty stubborn :) I gave up half way through this bit of video and got rich doing some weaving and trot poles on cougar instead but then I got bored of that too lol :)