I haven't posted in a while... Figured I might as well write something instead of procrastinating over my Creative Writing assignment...
I've figured out (with the help of my father) that after all, Squiggy is not sore, she's just been telling me that she wants me OFF of her face and wants me to teach her how to work on loose rein.
I allowed my father to ride her to help me figure stuff out... see: I think... I taught my dad something!
So, re-training has begun. So far, I have her staying perfectly round and have pretty darn good cruise control at the trot with a draped rein.
The lope is a different story. She wants to charge into a run, and when I try and slow her up, gets all tense and stupid. So, I'm just establishing some cruise control there too... making her sit her butt in the ground when she ram-jams, and start over.
When she does agree with me and works on the loose draped rein, she is a lot more relaxed looking and happily plays with the roller on her bit, which she loves!
It's a work in progress and hopefully I can w/t/l a barrel pattern by June 9th for a gymkhana fun day!