PJ was a slug today. What’s worse, he was a spooky slug. I know the two go together – if he’s not going forward he can use that energy for other things like looking around. At the end of my lesson I had had it. We were trying to do leg yield and he just wasn’t moving off my leg. I got so mad. I kicked and whipped him, so that he swung his butt around when I put my leg on. It wasn’t the totally correct response on my part. I needed to have more outside rein and push him into a small circle so that he had to reach with his inside hind to keep himself balanced in such a small figure (Barbara talked me through it). But wouldn’t you know it….after that little episode, PJ went forward. We went around the ring and I didn’t have to tire myself out pushing.
So, am I not being demanding enough at the beginning of my ride? That’s the question I’m going to try to answer in my next ride on my own.