Okay, so. Cricket has HARD sides. Soft mouth, hard sides. (go figure...)
So, of course the first thing that pops into my mind is spurs, BUT, I have to ask... Now, this first week is just going to be experimental. Lots of round pen work and lots of figuring out what exactly she knows, what we need to brush on, and the works. It's like a mystery. Very exciting. I know theres two things we have GOT to work on.
1. Her neck reining. This should be easy since she gets the "CONCEPT", she just needs some help.
2. Leg cues.
Do any of you have any idea how I can work on this? I've never had a horse with hard sides before, so I don't even know where to begin. Anything y'all have to offer would also help my best friend who is looking at buying a seventeen year old mare who is "lazy". Her mom calls me and tells me that she wailed on her for twenty minutes and all she got was a slow jog. She asked if I had some spurs she could borrow. This makes me wonder WHY?? The first thing I thought was maybe she has some sort of lameness... But I'm not sure without looking at her.
BUT ANYWAYS, since I got way off topic. Any excersizes I can do to train her (Cricket, MY horse... Not the old mare, although that would be great too) to be more receptive to my legs would be amazing.