I just started Flash riding under saddle a few weeks ago, and today was the first time I got some good trotting out of him. He is very responsive, but used to only take a few trotting steps, then go back to a walk. Today I got him to trot a few times all the way across the arena! He's starting to get the hang of neck reining and bending as well. I'm hoping to have him ready for a trail ride in a month. I plan to hand walk him along the trails this weekend to start getting him used to being around traffic (as we have to walk along the road for a few minutes- which we usually hand walk them for anyways and to get him used to being on the trails.
Also, I ride him in a halter at the moment, and have been using lead ropes as I don't like leather reins and cannot seem to find any rope reins around here that are not connected (I like to have a good tail incase he needs a pop). Does anyone know where I can get split rope reins online? I'd like to get nice thick ones as I find the heavier ones work better for neck reining.
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