Leading From Behind/Pasture Liberty Work is Paying Off!
While she did trot away a few times today, in general, our pasture liberty work was greatly improved. If she was leaving, several times she stopped and even came back when I whistled, and a few times she ran around playing with me. She is circling me at the walk, though not quite at the trot yet. However, she didn’t quite want to walk to the gate with me. I spent a long time on that, and finally, after being very quiet and very accepting of her leaving, I did ask her to accompany me by holding onto her mane for a bit. She tried to leave twice, then stayed with me even when I let go.
When we played at liberty in the arena, there was a big difference! Not only was she consistently circling around me (although going left she tried to switch directions for a while until she got the hang of it), although it was a lumpy circle ;), but she was willing to come in as well as take stretching posture. She was even comfortable enough to play a bit, with me playing with her into the canter a few times, her running around, me calling, and her trotting and even once cantering up to me! A huge improvement from the frozen walk recall of before. The high energy and playing posture I take to get the canter has gotten some playfulness out of her, which is very exciting.
More Roundness On Line
I’m still transferring the endotapping to the neck rope by “tapping” (squeezing, especially upward) it when her neck muscles tighten. It really seems to work, and she was even keeping her stretch at the trot while doing small yields. She was finding her a more round balance as well between the yield and endotapping neckrope, coming out of the stretch and into more compact carrying power (although still a quite low posture) as well.
Spanish Walk Refresher
We hadn’t worked on it for a while, and when I went back to it, she was ignoring my cues for jambette. I try to be very careful on what I label as her “ignoring” or not thinking about, but it did seem that this was the case. I played around with the intensity and placement of the cue, even having her stop doing jambette with the wrong leg (usually I don’t ever squash a suggestion by her, although I might redirect it). Pretty soon she was doing a good Spanish walk again.
|This doesn't have much to do with Maia, other than I would love for her to have this kind of Spanish walk someday. I don't think I've ever seen such engagement behind while maintaining lifted shoulders in front.|