Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Rain, rain, go away... well. Sort of. We are in desperate need of rain, but could it choose a weekday next time so I don't lose out on a day of riding? The pony was a bit of a mudball today in addition to having a big goose egg on his left hindquarters from a kick. No idea who got him, he's still the newbie outsider, so it could have been anyone.
Jayne and I did some round pen work since the sand footing in there had drained and dried well. Walk, trot, I put some ground poles in there too. He looked gorgeous and balanced, though he couldn't keep it up for long. I'll see if I can get pictures tomorrow. Going to the right is his bad side, to the extent that if I ask him to pick up that lead, he struggles, fails, and then his brain exits the area and we have to start back with simple things he knows how to do to coax it back.
I noticed sometimes he would JUMP into a trot, other times it was smooth. Not sure what that means. He also is bad about not stopping squarely- I've noticed it under saddle a lot, but it came out in the round pen today too. We did get some nice solid stops in the mix, so hopefully I can selectively reinforce those.
I am still struggling to get him to trot on lead without sending him out to the end like I am lunging him first... sometimes I walk fast or jog while leading him, and he doesn't keep up. If I want to do some mini-endurance or other training type stuff, I need to teach him to trot behind/beside me while I run, and that it is OKAY for him to trot and keep up. I am hoping that continuing to train him to voice commands on the lunge will carry over.