Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday!

And no one was at the barn.  It was perfect.  We were hoping this would be the case because we planned on Robin giving me a little lesson.

But first we let the guys run around the arena.

After that, Bear stood like a dream for grooming and tacking.  He's been getting a little fidgety lately, mostly because his favorite snack is right next to where we tie him.  But today he was thrilled to stand.  No doubt the warm temps (around 30) had something to do with it.

Robin had us start with some simple groundwork.  Bear can be a little lazy, so we worked on leading while I varied my pace.  It was pretty good.

In the saddle he was super calm.  We followed the rail, crossed some PVC pipe, did figure eights, lots of stop and go, and then when Bear started to get tired we worked on keeping the pace up.  I thought he would resist more but he was actually very good at it.

So the lesson was a success.  We'll definitely have some more.  It really helps when I don't have to be the one deciding exactly what to do.  Then I can just focus on me directing Bear.  We're going to try to keep this up once a week or so.  Hopefully I'll see some nice progress.

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