Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Rode Snickers at liberty again with the string. I have found that it is REALLY helping ME! I've become so comfortable riding this way with my seat and balance. I have also figured out that what I thought was 'sitting up straight' really wasn't at all before. It is also helping me not brace with the reins if I am off balance or scared. I didn't even realize I did it before. I feel in more control holding the string with one hand and figuring it out, than I did before letting go of the reins to hold onto the saddle during those times of fear. It's like now that I'm forced to give up that control, it's easier!
I think it is helping in teaching neck reining too. There are no distractions other than the pressure of the string on the neck and my leg/seat. It's going very well. So relaxing and like another type of, I'm gonna say it.....'bonding' experience.
Also noted Snickers running around in the pasture....absolutely none of the legs getting twisted up during canter or downward transitions...just a little popping in that right hind....maybe that is now the locking stifle part?