I'm in trouble :/
Well...I know most of you know by now I've been working for a trainer who doesn't ride anymore.
Well I've been there since late June, things were hard, and we've gotten through most of our issues.
Now we're teaching the colts to change leads. Two of them do great, picked up flying changes no problem and will get them every time.
The other two though...Sigh. I don't know what's wrong. They are hard headed. They will crossfire every time and throw their shoulders in. I pick them up, practice unlocking their hips, more bend, less bend, more leg, less leg, trying them across the diagonal, across the center, at the corners...Everything I can think of.
And now I've reached a deadline...Have them changing by the end of the week. I don't know what he intends to do at the end of the week...Worst case scenario I lose my job, but my gut says that he won't fire me because there's no one who knows these horses like I do. I just know that if I don't get them changing, I'm going to be back in a tension ridden environment...
I'm so frustrated. I've never had this much trouble getting a horse to change leads. The other two are great so I don't understand what I'm doing wrong with these colts. Sigh...I am worried too of having to look my boss in the eye and tell him I can't change these horses. :/
Well I guess you can offer advice if you'd like...I just needed to rant. I'm open to anything really.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.