I think the key has been to work with him consistently even if it's only for a short period of time in a day. I'm also working on keeping his attention on our work. He has a quick mind so this part has been difficult but thanks to the videos in the Retired Racehorse Training Project I've been able to get some good ideas! I LOVE Brazilian Wedding! Just saying.. It may be a gray thing.
At any rate, I feel like Ollie is learning to trust me more and we're moving forward. I'm ready for a lesson so we can continue to keep this up! Don't worry, I've contacted Julie for a lesson in the very near future.
In the meantime, here are some photos which will demonstrate the ugly, the bad and the good!
|I kinda like this photo. We both look relaxed and I'm asking him to leg yield on our circle and he's doing it!|
|Can you see what is so GLARINGLY wrong in this photo? There's alot wrong but there's one thing that is GLARINGLY wrong. I'm a trier. I'll keep trying to improve. LOL! Now if I could only stop bracing my left leg...|
|We look cute going over the trot poles. Although I've got my lean going on along with that darned braced left leg. ARGH!|
|I like this too because Ollie looks so great although my position isn't the best. I have a good horse!|
|The beginning of a tense moment over the "trot" poles.|
|Ollie - Canter? Really?|
|Another view of our inadvertent canter over the poles.|
|But we regrouped and relaxed again.|
|He has the best facial expressions|
But alas, when I see those photos of myself, the proverbial 2x4 hits me in the head and I realize how much work I need to do. But I don't get down about it! I'm having a good time trying to reach my riding goals and I can clearly see that I'm not stressing out my happy go lucky horse. He's a very good boy.
We'll post more about our progress! I think this year could be a break through for us...