I've been getting some good riding time in lately :) I had a clinic saturday, which was amazing!!! We did groundwork all morning and riding in the afternoon, and all for only $50 each. we did a lot of bending and lateral work, disengaging the hindquarters, turn on the haunches and forehand, rollbacks, etc. I got some great advice on overall training methods and on my specific difficulties with Mac as well :) with her bolting to the front in groups, he suggested something completely opposite of what I've been trying to do. His advice was to let her make the mistake (let her go on a loose rein all the way to the front) and then, once she's up there, make her work HARD. We did tiny figure 8s....lateral bend and disengage hindquarters, then go off, then repeat in opposite direction, and keep going until she chills....it seemed to work really well.
A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.