Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Ed came out and said that Jeanne and John were coming so I decided to stay - at least to visit. Despite the fact that I live on Jeanne and John's farm, I rarely get to chat with them.
So I stayed. And I ended up having a lovely session with Cricket.
I played with her at liberty. She's still reluctant to maintain a canter. As with most everything else, I'm 99.9% sure it's got more to do with me than it does with her.
I put a bareback pad on her and got on bridle-less. Because there were other horses, I just rode her to the rail and put her halter on from there. She was pretty reluctant to hold her head to the left - partially her opposition and partly I really think she needs to have her teeth done.
She was wonderful. Only a few snarky faces to the other horses. I've been diligent about leadership and confidence under saddle and it finally seems to be paying off. We walked and trotted around with relaxation and flexion. She carries herself so beautifully, so naturally. One of these days I hope to have the skill and knowledge to take her to the next level.
We even cantered. Yep, you read that right. We cantered. Just twice.
I put her on the pattern we used before and just opened the door to see if she was in the mood to go through it. She was and we did. The second time I just took her on the pattern and when I felt her connected to me, I asked and she obliged.
Again, this is only 2-5 strides. But it's earth-shattering to think that I can even consider asking Cricket to canter bareback.
The end of our session I played with posting bareback. Not something I've ever done before. I think Cricket liked it and she even got to the point where she was gathering herself to offer the canter. I brought her back down, thanked her and got off.
Fun. It was just FUN!