Today was very busy, but I managed to get lots of things accomplished, so feel quite enthusiastic about what tomorrow will bring. Liz and I started by helping with chores and then Liz taught one of my young students for me so I could keep chores moving along rather quickly. I taught my lessons and was able to fit BooBoo in between, right after lunch. In the beginning, he was very strong and not supple on the left rein at all. I tried leg-yields, various size circles, leg-yields on the circle, etc, but he was strong and unyielding on that side. Finally, I just picked up both reins and pushed him forward. I had to really drive with my leg to the hand, otherwise he swung his hips from back and forth and jumped around in place. I was not going to give up before he did, however, and with quiet, but strong insistence, he finally let go! I don't like to be strong with my hand, but sometimes I feel the horse needs to release first, and then my hand. The other wasn't working, so I resorted to "if you let go, I'll let go." The tricky part is to not pull. That concept is very hard for people to understand. You have to keep your hand very still and your core rock solid. The horse can pull on you all it wants, but you can't pull back...just don't let go. After our minor confrontation, he was forward, energetic and engaged. He was tense, but I was able to reward him afterward with a nice canter and very lovely stretching forward and downward.
Boo was very nice today. She worked mainly on even contact into the bridle without blocking the energy to her hind legs. We could go straight and on various size circles and she maintained a lovely forward gait with a nice feel in the hand. I kept things simple with her today.
Liz was given the opportunity to school Junior. She's doing a lovely job riding him when I am not able and can go through his entire routine with little assistance from me. She did play with the one tempis today...but that turned into quite the show. Junior decided that was all he wanted to do and skipped joyfully along with Liz squealing, "June, stop, June, no no, June, stop skipping...Mom! What do I do??" It was very funny to watch especially since you could watch Junior's face laughing happily as he played around. Oh well! Happy horses...that's what it's about, isn't it?