This week, Jasper had his first rides in the arena. The transition from the round pen to the arena has gone well. We start with pre-ride groundwork as I make sure his mind is on me before swinging a leg over. Once in the saddle, we work on Flexing & a bit of Yielding the HQs before I ask him to move off for One Rein Stops at all gaits, where we're also working on his gas pedal & brake. With Cruising, we're working to establish his cruise control. When I put him at a trot, I expect him to stay at a trot on a loose rein & same for at the lope. He's been much freer in the arena, where he has more room to lope. Right now, he's a bit magnetized to the side of the arena closest to the trailer & his pen mates. We'll continue to work through that in the coming weeks as well.
Next week, we'll continue in the arena, working on One Rein Stops, Cruising, and Follow the Fence.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when, so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.