I started playing with Patriot and Glory today, two huge, green draft/Saddlebred crosses—a really fun mix of a lot of life mixed into a ginormous draft body!! Not too much to say, just working on the very, very basics of getting clear about their space-my space, standing still, freeing up the front end, going in some circles, etc.
This evening was a workshop with me and Maia and two other lovely ladies. We did groundwork and I came away with a lot of good things to remember for Maia.
1. Getting clear about space
Things are really going a lot better in my learning to release Maia back into a spot—releasing her feet back works a lot better if I think about moving her whole diagonal (both the front/back foot) and not just the one foot I want.
However, when we were just standing there, she was doing the tinest bit of creeping. It wasn’t bad at all, she wasn’t rooting around, but every few minutes she’d put one of her feet forward. I’d go in and release her foot back, but had to definitely keep repeating it. That was when Karen mentioned that too much of that starts becoming an awful lot like correction and