Farina is starting to cooperate more and more, she does not brace half as much as before.
She definitely is starting to understand the purpose and relaxing while riding, the only brace I feel is when I ask her to turn to the left and when I ask her to back up. I did find out though that I need to ask much softer to get her to respond without a brace. For example when I ask her to back up she usually turns her head left or right, anything not to put her nose closer to her chest. So I need to keep the same soft feel on the reins until she finds out that the answer is not left, not right but back, and the moment she takes one step back, I release the reins.
The first time when I started to insist more by putting more pressure on the reins, she tried to escape by throwing her head up and around.
This is a horse that does not respond well to force at all, you cannot fight her or she will fight back, with much more power then you obviously. So psychology is the key with her, keep her mind busy, when she thinks she has figured out the pattern and right before she starts to get bored and anticipate the next move, I change something.
It blows her mind and this keeps her very connected to me.
I am doing a lot at a walk because I really want to get that brace out of her. If she can excel at what I ask her at a walk, the trot and canter will be easier.
Online she is becoming super, some of the games are even starting to look like level 3! Especially her yoyo backup, which was the most difficult one at first. Her circling game is almost solid, she changes gait sometimes as she seems to enjoy a walk much more than trot or Canter. Her canter is great, it is not slow but also not too fast and she seems well balanced, she jumps into the correct lead and it seems to come natural to her. Her left lead is a little more difficult then the right lead but she still does it.
I walk with her in the fields behind our house and she does really well, she is curious but she also keeps on walking and is very attentive to me. This is a horse that would love trail rides, this is fun for her especially since she is not afraid of anything.
I’m thinking about introducing the bit again to her in a positive way next week so that she can realize that it is not something you need to fight or run from. I did put it in to see what her reaction was, and again as everything else before, it went really well. I could get her head to the ground to put the bit in, she did not even throw her head up, she took the bit and I put the headstall on without any issues. I gave her plenty of time to chew on the bit, to get used to it and when her mouth was calm, I took it off again.
Today I couldn’t ride her because she has a little wound on her side, right where the stirrups hang and she is very sensitive to touch on that spot. So I decided not to ride her and cause her pain, but I feel sorry because I really wanted to ride her, she was very calm and better then I ever saw her, her head was calm (not twitching and shaking), and most importantly, she stood still for quite a while!
More stories to come..thank you for reading