I dunno, sometimes training Jynx that's exactly how it feels! She just astounds me. Several of you may recall how I was having issues with her gas pedal - she was just a lazy little thing who I had to kick repeatedly to get a response out of. I carried a crop once and she did fantastic - and that was almost the last time I rode her. The weather has kept me off her back for several weeks now, although I did ride her bareback a couple days ago because it was to cold for a saddle and the day before that WITH a saddle and her first time in a hackamore.
Anyway, this morning the cold snap finally broke a bit (it was only -27 with the windchill, YAY!) so I saddled her up! Haha, trying to ride with this many layers is tricky, and I didn't round pen Jynx today (she has to learn sooner or later, I'm not asking her to run in circles everytime I want to ride!) so as soon as I swung my leg up, she was rarin' to go. She decided to throw a little tantrum so I swear we must have made quite the sight as I fought to find my stirrups in big winter boots with bratty face kicking up a crowhop every second step But eventually we settled in nicely!
And then she proceeded to SHOCK me. This is only her second real ride with the hackamore, and she isn't phased the tiniest bit. I'm able to use extremely soft movements to straight rein her in the hack (I know, I know, bad me, but you come warm up a metal bit in this weather!!). I would stop using it in an instant if it was confusing her, but I swear she straight reins better in a hack then she did with a bit!
She was so amped, I got Shay-la to video because I thought for SURE today might be the day I see some bronc in her - nada. She proceeded into an absolutely BEAUTIFUL working trot, without a lick of encourgement from me almost the entire time. No trying to stop, no trying to walk, no trying to evade, she simply just trotted her legs off and went exactly where I asked her to!
I swear, anytime I try to teach this filly something, she learns more standing in a pasture and contemplating it then she did in the actual lesson! It's been a joy working with her, and here are some pics and vids!