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Slowly making progress

December 14, 2015

No major updates, just a lot of ground work practicing. 

 

Lunging: He is getting better at going out away from me and staying out there.  Sometimes he will cut in randomly or stop.  I just ask him to move out.  Other times he will look out towards the outside and make an oblong circle and pull on the lead.  So I have really had to reward him for turning his nose in and respecting when I give a little pull.  This helped immensely.  After all, I can't ask him to trot if he's going to pull me around like a rag doll.  

 

Shoulder Yield: he seems pretty responsive to this still.  I can see some imperfections, like he crosses his feet better one way than the other.  But it is ready for work under saddle.

 

Targeting: He did regress a bit on targeting the bit and putting it in his mouth.  I don't think he likes the chin strap. So now I have to undo the chin strap every time.  It holds the bit from going through his mouth, making it necessary to have.  Then I started upping the reinforcement for taking the bit again.

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