Yes, I guess it was too much to hope for a little help for my extreme shortness. . April & Ella are both 15'3" and in great condition because at our house, if you go anywhere, you have to climb a long steep hill. But April has a cold back and needs stretching before every ride. Fortunately, she is great about standing next to something, then standing still while I fly toward her and sometimes do my mermaid tail flap to get on.
Wildcat, I can't wait to try your technique with April. I hope it will translate to the trail too. She meanders. We practice reining and leg cues and she is light and responsive in the arena then distracted on reluctant on the trail.
My favorite results from CT have been improving our KMSH Ella's expressions. I worked on her standing in frame and ears forward, eyes soft and body relaxed. When we got her, she was great in the saddle but tense and angry on the ground. Now, she is soft eyed, sweet and calm. Both the vet and the farrier say she is a completely different and pleasant horse!
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