Today was fun. I took them to the other round pen that is in the middle of the facility. Kids camp going on, weed eater, dogs, lawn mower.....the works and they did very well.
Samantha is coming along quickly. She has learned that spooking is simply not worth the intense ground work that follows it. She may flick her ears now and then but she has stopped spooking all together. She will start wearing long-lining tack tomorrow, long line training and hopefully next week she will be out of the round pen and long-lining over the obstacle course.
Sam is a different story. He's a slow work in progress. He lacks respect. He will cooperate until he gets scared and then he does what he wants to do. He's making progress slowly. He will start wearing the tack tomorrow as well but he will not progress out of the round pen quite as quickly. He's still quite spooky but at least he spooks in place now, instead of running off like his tails on fire. I'm hopeful for him because he does take steps forward. With respect will come trust.
Its my experience, that Arabians learn slowly at first due to their extreme self preservation instinct. They take off later and start learning more and more quickly as time goes on and they learn to use that self preservation as a riding horse and aim to please and preserve their person as well, not just themselves. These two appear to be textbook right now...Sam just a little behind.