Oh, and he's wicked smart.
|Just call him "Giraffe Man"|
|Look who can flex his poll after all|
On the lunge. In side reins.
I really don't believe in lunging as a form of exercise--I see only negatives to running horses around in tiny circles for extended periods of time. That said, I do think all horses should be able to lunge in case the need comes up, and I think this counted as a legitimate need.
We took it easy. First I let him warm up W/T both directions. Then I added the outside rein W/T both directions. When he settled and was able to trot through his sticky corner, I added in both reins both directions.
|Best shot I could get while trying to keep him going|
I do think that asking him to move in a different way and learn new concepts is challenging (and I am apparently busy this month), so he got the next day off to recover and process.
Which brings us to Wednesday.
|Demonstrating his lovely walk|
Then it was time to find out just how much progress we'd made. I asked for the trot. . .
|Blurry and adorable|
It's obviously a newer concept for him, but he was experimenting with letting his neck stretch forward and even a little downward. He definitely improved as we rode, and offered his softest, easiest canter to date.
|An excellent shot until the jump got in the way|
|White wraps, black bells.|
And I love it.