Went for a hour ride yesterday (which is entirerly too short, but I cant ride till my dad gets home and he got home at 4:25 pm it gets dark a hour later..). The wind was strong and really friggin cold! But the day was great, my dad let me stay home from school so I spent most of the day playing with Cowboy in the pen. Did a bit of a join up, made him back up with a little pressure to his neck with my finger, the lightest of pressure! And of course the word, "back" repeated till I was satisfyed with his response.
After I went inside for a couple of hours, I came back outside. This time Zeus followed me into the pen and we joined Cowboy( Zeus is a 4 year old paint who belongs to a neighbour of mine, hes the pasture buddy for Cowboy). I made them run together around the pen, and something amazing happened (to me anyway).
I was making Zeus move about the pen while Cowboy stood in the middle. I was pretty much walking around Cowboy as Zeus trotted, and loped about the pen. And Cowboy, who follows me like a dog, started to turn his body the same directon as Zeus and I did. I was working two horses at the same time, it was mindblowing. But Cowboy biging left sided, had trouble following to the right side.
Back tot he ride, it was great! But I have yet to work on Cowboy picking up his feet as he moves, he's lazy and drags them, leading to TRIPPING.
I plan on getting some of my wooden posts in the pen setting them 6ft apart, and making him learn to pick up his dang feet.
Well thats all for today... Hopefully saturday Ill ride with barrelbeginner (Stacie) for about 4 hours maybe (: