Oh boy! The horses are jumping the fence where a tree fell on it - did you all get any of this wind? Guess hubby will be running the chain saw this eve - I'm a big fat chicken with chain saws - can't do it. Scares the beejeezus out of me.
The arab and I have been having issues - he doesn't like to pick up the right lead canter when asked on the centerline or even on a right turn. So I when we work in the arena, I work the right twice as much as the left but he likes to show his butt and acts like a booger and will even buck a little when I start a slow long trot to the right around the corner....then he will just throw himself into a canter to the right as if to say 'let's just get this over with' and then fuss and cuss the whole time. This weekend he was nasty with bucking and stomping and trying to break gait and 'be free' throwing his tail and head up and trying to be the black stallion on the beach. Yeah right! Yes, the wind was blowing hard too but I don't care...
So I rode up onto the back porch and hollered for hubby to please bring me a carrot. What is the fastest way to a mans heart? His stomach, that's right. So we resume our nice, slow collected trot around the arena to the right - trying to be spontaneous so he won't anticipate - and then ever so slightly I offer the right lead cue (for me it is the left leg behind the girth) and he picks up a beautiful right lead canter - I circle round once, and give him a carrot. Good. We do this twice.
Now that I have his attention, I put him in a nice collected frame going to the left. We circle the arena twice and come down the center line. I apply my aid for the right lead on the center line about at X if you know your letters, and he picks on the right lead AGAIN like a pro. We did this twice then I didn't have any more carrot bits so we were done.
Who says bribes won't work? I plan to do this for the next few go arounds until he gets the feel of it and then I'll wean him off. Just like this eve - I'll be waiting for hubby with his chainsaw ready to go when he gets home, and an ice cold beer.