I rode Eve 2 days ago, she's been doing AMAZING in the round pen - walk, trot, and whoa are voice commands and her transitions are getting quicker and smoother...so I figured we'd see how she did trotting in the paddock. We've ridden in there once before, long reined in there 2-3 times now, and although she was really looky at the mud piles she was pretty much ignoring them that day. So we start our trot after 5 minutes of walking and all is well...but she needs more long reining work because steering isn't as mastered as the gait commands!
We were coming up to a right turn and we start into it when she realised the gate was the other way...so she turned her head and neck but continued trotting straight, towards the gate. I brought her back to a walk to correct it and she just stopped. Stood stock still and wouldn't budge. So I cluck, nothing. I say walk on, nothing again. I hate being ignored...so I give her a tap with my heels and expect her to shoot forward...nope. Up she went into a buck I only knew my old retired mare could deliver! I wasn't prepared for a buck that size and landed in front of the saddle, perfect place to spook her into a hard right spin! By the time I realised where I'd landed I was already on the ground! Darn horse went off into some rears and little bucks...I picked the dirt out of my eye, found my boot 15 feet away from where I landed, and got back on. Trotted a little more and walked her out when the neighbor desided he wanted to work on the shed he's building right behind the paddock - she's not fond of hammers yet and it kinda spooked her in the 3rd vid!
Anyway, more long reining to come before much more riding, but here's some vids for your viewing entertainment!!!
First, working on whoa with Eve in the round pen...all I do is drop my reins and lean back and she stops!
Being dumped (we'd been walking around for at least 5 minutes before this - and please pardon my language!)
Once I got back on
And her little spook