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Date:4/17/2014 7:54:45 AM
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This evening I rode Navajo and decided I am going to pay attention to me and see in what ways I as a rider can improve. Well I figured out that I need to make sure I keep my heels down and obviously move with my horse and be more depenent on my leg/body cues instead of my voice and rein cues. Toward the end I got a little sore because to build up my muscles in my legs I do posting without a saddle and believe me your legs hurt after a bit. Good exercise.

I then figured I would pay attention to how he responds to my cues and how quickly. He does very well with my leg/rein cues to move over. I want to work on the sidepass but am going to start that next week so he is fresh. Anyway as I said he is good with leg/rein cues. Amber Wolbeck gave me some tips on how to use my seat/legs to stop a horse and to back them up right after they are stopped so they don't hollow their back, lift their heads and go on their front legs which is hard on their navicular bones. Got that from Amber. So that is what I worked on. First I used my seat and reins to stop him with a gentle whoa. Then I went into stopping him using my seat and reins and a gentle whoa and then backing up. Eventually I want to just use my seat/virbal and leg cues to stop him. An so far it is going quite well and I am quite proud of him:)

Here I have an overview of what I have taught/retaught Navajo this summer. First I retaught him to neck rein and to move away from leg pressure. Using groundwork I got him to be a more confident backer (to back up). I also taught him to lunge. Another thing was I got him to stand still for me when we are on the trail. Doesn't matter where we are I say whoa his feet stop (for the most part) but it definitely is better than at first:) So I have accomplished some of my goals and now I am setting new ones. I never dreamed we would get this far so quickly but I am proud of how far he has come.

New Goals: Get him to sidepass. Learn basic dressege (if anyone has any ideas or a website you can point me to would be great). Get better at lungeing him. Be a more confident rider (that one is for me). Teach him to have more respect. Maybe ride bridless eventually but that is farther in the future because we have a lot of work to do before then.

These are some of the goals that I have as of now, I can't think of more right now. I might add some later. But I feel they are good goals and we will eventually reach them if we both work hard, have patience, and that I don't get frustrated as soon as he don't get it. So I am not going into this expecting him to know exactly what I want right away but I am expecting him to try to figure it out and he be patient with all our trys. Well that is all for now. ttyl ruth ann n navajo
p.s. sorry for the longness will add a personal blog tomorrow if i have time:)
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