Fast forward to Fall! With my goal of finishing up the season strong, Smokey and I are taking a series of lessons that comprise a clinic with the emphasis on foundation training, all the things we like to have automatic on our horses!
I threw a lot at Smokey the first week, three days in a row of mind and body work!
We started with bridle work, we imitate our rein placement on the ground, and ask that she stays out of my space. Instead of leading/dragging, I give the forward cue and move forward when she moves out. It mimics what happens in the saddle. It builds lightness. We follow with a disengagement and a back up.
Mounted up, I worked on a lot of serpentine work, raising the inside rein, alternating between the cones, building smoothness!
Smokey started out heavy in the face, which, unfortunately, makes me respond with heaviness in my hands, it can be a vicious circle.
We’ve started! We will only improve on our partnership as we clarify the lessons needed for both of us!