Speaking of being sick, one of our trainers at the barn, a woman named Margaret who works with a couple of Friesans and some Morgans in saddleseat, is very ill. I heard that she got some kind of flu, that turned to pneumonia and then got even more serious. She is in the hospital in not so good condition. Can you all, gentle readers, say a prayer, or light a candle, or send healing energy, or whatever it is you do or believe, asking that she become hale and whole again? Thanks in advance.
Back to my story, . . .
J said she was watching the boy horse watch himself in the mirror. Every time he recognized himself, his tail would flag. It was pretty funny to watch.
We did W/T/C again and I'm not sure if it is the change in saddles or the time I spent riding bareback (I think it is a combination of both) but we are both so much more relaxed and there is no rushing. After our bit of riding Cassandra called me into the middle of the arena with N and Erika. She had us move around her in a circle, as if our horses were the hands of a clock and she was the center of the clock. Ashke was really good at it, in both directions.
Then I asked J to pull out a pole so Ashke and I could work on sidepassing over it (something that is required in Working Eq).
Watch the video closely, especially when he is moving to our right (to the left from the perspective of the viewer) and tell me if you see what I see. I don't want to tell you what to look for, I just want to see if you see it.
Our biggest issue with sidepassing right now, is that he wants to move to the end of the pole that is closest, regardless of my cues. He certainly knows what is expected of him, I just need him to do it in the direction I ask.
And just because he is so darn cute!!