I love this little fella. Yesterday he got the first round of his Spring Shots (including the 5 way) so he was in a MUCH lower gear today. It figures as soon as I bring the camera out he gets lazy on me. I am going to make another video soon, when the sun comes out and he sheds more. He is a little scuzz-bucket, lol! Also, my husband took the video, and started it a few seconds late.. so he didnt catch me starting the gait/trot.
Anyways, I kind of wanted to showcase his responsiveness, and the level of attention he pays to me/his handler. A lot of people think that their horses are good leads because they stop when you pull them, and go when you ask them. I like my horses to read my body language and follow accordingly.
Keep an eye on the slack in the leadrope for the duration of the film. I couldnt do this at liberty, as I was recording in my front yard with no fences "just in case". He does this just as well at liberty (well, he does it better. He had a really off day today).
I don't really want negative comments/critique on this video, but im always up for a chit chat about Horsemanship =) that's why I posted it! ^^
By the way, I never once used a whip (nor treats) while training him. A lot of people teach their horses to be responsive by having the lead in one hand, and the dressage whip in the other. Not me. I do it through patience, communication, and by asking for respect. My horse reacts to me like this because he enjoys being with me. Makes me puddle up thinking about it ;_; I love my little buddy!
I hope you all enjoy