A really good reminder that taking it slow (and doing the job correctly) in the early stages and being sure they understand every step and feel comfortable with it saves so much stress, problems and time later on - she's going to be a superb little riding horse
But then she asked for a trot which freaked Gilda out a bit and she ran around the school in canter and quite scared but she came to me and stopped and Tiff didn't fall off.
So we took a few steps back and I started long reining her again and this time it was so much better than before and we started trotting while long reining which at first scared her but she settled down nicely. I have been continuing long reining and lunging and she is going brilliantly so I have now started getting on and off and practising rising while in walk - all good so far
She's looking lovely
IMO always better to take a step back when they get overwhelmed than to try and force the issues
She has all her life ahead of her so why rush at this stage
Yes I quite agree. She is also still only a baby (nearly 3 and half), so very happy to take things slow. I think the rushed trot was just unfortunate, Tiff got left behind and bounced which was just too much for a first trot, with hindsight I should have done this with her first but she seemed to be going so nicely for Tiff. Anyway, reviewing things and going back a step gives her time to digest the work and to build her confidence, so hopefully we can take a step forward soon.
Another good session today too , more ridden work this time with lots of figure of eights and me rising in walk. I was very tempted to ask for trot, but my Dad turned up so didn't. Tomorrow I'm hoping to do some more.
We trotted this evening she was nervous at first and I was reluctant to push her forward too sharply so it was tricky to get just a few steps of trot, but eventually managed a few and no rushing off or panicking - so a big step forward
I washed her mane and tail to celebrate and as it was a hot evening.