|Dusty & Nate|
When She Was Good …
She was very, very good and when she was bad she was horrid. Yesterday Dusty was so good I was considering starting canter training with her today. That didn’t happen. Apparently, since last weekend she seems to have forgotten her mounting block manners. Today I positioned her and got as far as the second step before she decided to swing her butt out. The longe line was handy as always and today she had her halter on over her bridle. I’m glad she did because we really needed it for longeing purposes. After insulting her sensibilities with a few minutes at the trot on the longe she stood like an angel.
I know this is my fault because the last few times I trusted her and left her halter off. Mistakenly thinking as long as she was standing still she didn’t need it. Yesterday she took one little step and after I mounted stood there flipping her head up and down. Okay, benefit of the doubt. Could have been a fly causing the step. The head flipping is unacceptable but I also made excuses for that bad behavior. After almost a week off I thought she was raring to go and I was holding her in place. My miscalculation. I should have dismounted and longed her right then and there.
Once we started work in the saddle, to the right she was a super star. Kept the pace and bend. Most likely because she still had the longe line nudging her memory. To the left… not so much. Her pace was erratic, speeding up and slowing down, popping her shoulder. We worked on the turning seat, indirect rein and lots of long and low. When she finally gave in and relaxed keeping the pace and bend a few times around we stopped with that.
Dusty is a very smart mare and she is never done testing the boundaries. I only wish she would put her brainpower to use for good instead of having an attitude about everything. She certainly makes my riding life interesting if not frustrating.
Until next time
Quote for Today
If, however, you reward him with kindness after he has done as you wish, and punish him when he disobeys, he will be most likely to learn to obey as he ought.
- Xenophon - The Art of Horsemanship