Last Sunday, Cactus got to make the trip to the indoor arena in Bloomfield with me & a few other horses. Once again, he loaded, unloaded, & stood tied at the trailer great. It was one of our better rides & topped our last indoor arena ride two weeks prior.
This week's big focus was on transitions, stopping, & staying soft in my hands each time I pick up. As you'll see in the video, there were times when he wanted to get resistant, but the more we worked on it, the more he found a more comfortable spot to be in my hands. From Day 1, this has been Cactus' weak spot & is where a lot of his "anxiety" originates from. Somewhere in his past, he's learned that he can push against the bit. In the past weeks, I had noticed he's begun to push against me in the Jr. Cowhorse Bit that he had been working so well in. The bit I'm currently riding him in has a medium port that makes it a bit more uncomfortable to toss his head up & pull against the bit. I've also been a bit firmer in my hands with him. As I've continued to ride him in this bit, the more I like how he's feeling. In the coming weeks, I'll likely rotate through some of my other bits because I want him to respond with softness regardless of what's in his mouth.
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.