I feel as if I don't have general control over Cricket's direction and speed. She doesn't get the whole idea of "maintain gait, maintain direction."
The litany of reasons for this sad state of affairs is a long and pathetic one. Cricket's bucking, my confidence; Cricket's headshaking, my confidence; Cricket's dominance, my confidence.
It seems she has all these little ways of putting me just enough on edge that I don't push the issues that need to be pushed.
Horsenality is not an excuse. It is a piece of information that gives us a strategy.
How much have I not been taking this to heart? I am still making excuses for Cricket because she's a smart, LBI. I'm still using the excuse that she's a LBI to cover up how much I hate repetition and pattern work. But here we are, preparing for a L3 Freestyle audition and I cannot elicit a consistent trot or a rhythmic walk.
I think it's time for a warm glass of "suck it up and deal with it." I think it's time to get serious about pattern work. She's done great with the FTR and Corners Game. It's time to take it to the next level and start tackling the Cloverleaf.