This day with Callie, really relaxed and a good ride. I swung a rope, cracked a whip carried a flag and He was good to go with all of it. We improved on his leg yield and softness, did some cantering and trotting. This guy is fun to ride, kinda my speed. We will see for sure on Saturday as he is going to a judged trail ride. I think he will do just fine.
This is day four for the two Arabs.
Darkstar- I worked him in arena for about 5 minutes and the farrier came and he stood good for having his feet trimmed. We then went back to the rd pen work. I tried something a little different. He was already giving me two eyes all the time and turning into me so I put the halter on him and went through desensitizing, YH and YF which he does pretty good. Not an 'A' of course, but probably a 'C-', room for improvement. Then I started asking him to come forward with my body language, then a cluck and then pressure on the lead. He got him to moving forward when I asked him. We worked on his backup on cue, and then started the LR1. I took a bit to teach him to lunge, but he finally got it from both sides. We did several YH from both sides and then started to ask him to flex laterally. Then we quit. I thought he made good improvement and will keep working on getting through his defenses.
Robbie- I think we made some good headway with him. The rd pen went well and then I had to really get after him and noticed that he stayed in a canter in both directions so for 30 min or so we did this trying to get him to step forward toward me. He gives me both eyes and stands to walk up, not backing away like DS. But he still didn't step toward me. However, after that bit of cantering he started to take step toward me and we just kept building off of that. I tired to take a picture of him later and he kept following me when I would move to get a better view. Desensitized him to flag. His LR1 was getting real good almost to the point where he is at LR2 and YH from body language. He did the downward pressure exercise pretty good. We worked more on YH and YF and back ups. At the end we worked on the sending exercise where I lunge him then YH>YF>send in other direction. When he was doing that pretty good we stopped.
The lesson went well and I see them both becoming good horses to ride.