|Love love love this photo!
We had a lesson last night and while Peebs warmed up fairly lazily his Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde side came out pretty quick. When he gets excited, usually over fences, he grabs the bit and I have pretty much zero control. He doesn't take off, no leaping/charging/running away; he just tunes me out and does whatever he wants. He was fine over the first few cross rails but then we were to trot in and trot out of a line of x's and he said "See ya" after the first one. I was able to pull him sideways out of the line but it was very ugly and not super fun to ride.
|Trotting quietly is hard
After trainer talked me down we tried it again with a plant to halt immediately after the first fence and go from there. Again, he took the bit and ignored me but I did get him stopped quicker that the first time. Then trainer told me to get tough, sit down and back, and do a one rein pulley stop. It's hard to do that while riding in the fetal position but somehow I managed and he got stopped hard. There was much head tossing but when we came back around he calmly trotted the first fence, all but falling over it and trotted quietly down the line like the good lesson pony he
probably wasn't was.
|Jumping boxes like a boss