March 11, 2011
I got Jackson out for an hour. I didn’t have the bridle handy, so I just put the cordeo (neckrope) on him and the long lead rope on that. I wanted to see if he would piaffe with just that cordeo, whip, and voice cue. Perviously, throughout the training process, I would try and see if he would piaffe with just the cordeo; then he would only push through the cordeo.
However, today, he did piaffes as good today as yesterday! He lifted the base of his neck and kept a fairly nice rhythm. I didn’t put too much pressure on.
I kept it to only a few steps and really rewarded him when he did it well.
Then I did just a little riding bareback. I practiced keeping my chin up (looking above the horizon) and my shoulders back. I also did a little work on asking for the piaffe, but since I can’t see what he is doing, I don’t want to do too much. I also did just a tiny bit of work on our spins, which were alright.
Then I also did some experimenting with teaching the ballancer’ under saddle. He did okay with that.
The biggest thing was how well he did with just the cordeo on. I also did a little lunging with the cordeo. I would ask him for forward down at the trot, then to transition to a little piaffe. He did it! That was so neat! I am sure that, as he gets better and stronger, that I will get the piaffe at liberty!
Goal for this year!