So we started out at the walk again and I forgot one very important component! When I pick up the contact, I use the inside rein to establish the bend and stay very soft on the outside rein so he doesn't feel trapped. Totally a lightbulb moment! As we moved into the trot, it was really all about using the image of the inchworm (a half-halt) to push Charlie rounder. Carolyn says the goal of the half-halt is always to push the horse rounder. And holy crap did it work! I don't think my mom got the best stuff on video where you can really see the half-halt working it's magic - she got the tail-end of the lesson. He was pretty good; a little ADHD as we were in a new location but still pretty good once he settled in. I ran through one of the BN tests just for fun - we were both a little tired and his fun meter was definitely pegged but he tried really hard and that's all that really matters. Here are the links for the videos - shorter video, longer video, and the test.
Almost forgot! Our lesson today was at a private backyard farm (backyard meaning it's only the owner's horses) owned by a very nice lady named Julie. It's actually in the town next door so it's only a 25 minute drive instead of a 50 minute drive. Very convenient! It was really great for Charlie to be somewhere new - like I said earlier, he was a little silly in the beginning but he settled right down and got to work.
I'm going to Aiken this weekend - Cherie will be down there showing her 15.2 hh quarter horse stallion (he's not really her's - he belongs to a very nice lady named Bev. Cherie's just lucky and gets to ride him!) in a mini prix. This horse is so nice! You'd never in a million years guess he was a stallion. He's super athletic - he started out as a reining horse, switched it up to eventing and competed (and placed) at prelim, competed at 3rd level dressage and now does the jumpers with hopes of contesting a grand prix this summer. What can't this horse do?!?!
|Cherie and Justin this summer.|
|Cherie and Justin winning a mini prix a couple of years ago.|