Highlights: Smartest Pony Ever has learned how to open the gate himself so that we can exit the arena at his pace. I'm not sure this is a good game, but it beats me leaning over his head to swing it open.
He picked up on the "relax yo face, foo" game really quickly in the arena. On the trails, I let him do two short canters, working on slowing him down and letting him out again. He was really, really good and just plodded along when we were done.
The lowlights: He was quite sticky to the left at the trot and took awhile to soften his silly face. He was clenching his jaw and neck again. He finally relaxed and I stopped early to reward him and tell him he's a good, smart Baby Horsie. Several trees were cut down in the first field we go through on the trails and each time I hack out I walk him over them--they're that small. Yesterday, I decided to trot him over one that was out by itself.
|zomg, giant advanced log!|
|aw, robert. you can be cute.|
|memph and bobby|
|stretching and flexing his jaw? whaaaat?|
He leapt the ground poles, was totally taken by suprise by the X and tried to bolt to the right but there was another jump boxing him in so he leapt over the X. I was all, "I'm falling! Oh, nope, I got this! Nooo, definitely falling!"
I basically did a flying dismount, called "Gettin' off!" halfway through the air and landed on my feet with reins still in hand. Phew. Best fall ever. I went through once more just to not completely destroy both of our confidence...s? Then I let him lope around the arena once and we called it quits. Oi. Some days.