|Now I can actually see them on the ground.|
Since Max was pretty calm, I decided to ride in the pasture. Two different neighbors around us were having target practice, so I didn't want to go into the woods. It was like riding in the wild west. Max handled it well and wasn't spooky at all, even when a closer neighbor started up with an obnoxious wood working tool (maybe a lathe, it was annoying).
|Proof we rode. I was trying to get Max, the cones, and the poles in one shot, but couldn't see my screen. This is as good as it got.|
We worked on bending on a circle with my updated ground poles, leg yielding around cones, and consistency at the trot. That boy has a nice little western trot if he would be consistent. He tends to speed up significantly if we start heading towards the barn. It's really nice to be riding in a pasture now where I don't need to worry about him flipping out and jumping the line. he can certainly still bolt and go nuts, but it will be contained.
|Recycled from Monday. Because he's too cute.|
I'm developing some sort of a game plan to work with Max after last weeks fiasco. My first step is going to lunge him in a rope halter with a 14' lead in the smaller paddock when its not too muddy. I want to reinforce vocal commands and remind him that he doesn't have to act like a complete idiot when I ask for a little more energy at the trot on the line. With the 14' lead I'll be keeping it at a walk and reinforcing the whoa command. He responds reasonably well to vocal commands under saddle, but not so much otherwise.
I tried this on Tuesday. For the most part he did really well, but he is so easily distracted by potentially spooky things. In this case, it was my husband out on the road coming back from a bike ride. It was difficult to keep Max's focus on me. That's something else we need to work on, I'm just not sure how to tackle it just yet. Also need to work on going to the right.