Thursday, December 3, 2009

Leading Exercises

Today we worked on leading exercises.  The idea behind the exercises is for the horse to walk when you walk, stop when you stop and keep its shoulder next to yours.  Coriander really gets it.  If I lean forward a bit before I walk he'll step off with me, then if I shuffle a bit before I stop he stops right next to me.  He's got that part down.

Gwen... not so much.  She's good at stepping off with me but stopping is an issue for her.  I stop and she circles around me.  So I ended up just walking up to the fence and stopping there so she couldn't walk ahead of me.  I kept this up until she started to get it and then I put her up for the night.  She's a smart little cookie, I think she'll have it down before long.

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