Fezzik had a greta day today! He now walks and trots freely and is able to turn while trotting. He is really gaining balance. He is just starting to yeild to my legs and think. I am asking him (as we do of all horses) to forget his instincts, let go trust me stop thinking for yourself, but think listen and respond quick to me. I am always blown away that they do. He was able to trot over poles. We are starting his canter. It takes about a full lap or two of large trot queing him. Him trying to balance and pick it up. I realized when I watch him loose he throws his head down to canter on his own and he is not very good at it. I have never seen him do more than three stides on his own. He was doing a good three or more strides head up. I am very proud of him. He is very soft and learning so much on the ground.
Inigo was great today, inch by inch. He was silly on the ground. He got it together. He did not want to yeild. Funny to have my soft horse begin to relax and resist me, as my heavey horse gets softer.
Each horse not unlike childern learn how they learn and on their own time line-NOT OURS! Inigo was here to remind me. He is so smart and quick, but needs to learn scarey things slowly. He was quiet while I mounted him, we walked our tight circles, with a few orward steps...then he pulled his own head straight put his head down licked and chewd and relaxed...he is getting better but we are a long ways from training on the rail... One day at a time, one ride at a time and one horse at a time. You know the wives tail about trying to ride two at once. It refers to going two directions at a time, I like to think of it as a great reminder..even if it feels the same each horse is unique and deserves to be treated and trained that way.