I've had a couple rides of just working on me and seeing how small changes affect Koda. It's all about the conversation, and not only the conversation between Koda and I, but the conversation I have with myself.
Me: Relax, elastic arms, weighted elbows, give with your hands, soften, support with leg.
Koda: oh wow, ok, I'll soften and track up, put on my fancy pants and be as light as a feather.
Me: Ok, relax, weighted elbows, let him go...
Koda: nice, lots of rein, GRASS!
Me: NOT THAT MUCH, take him back but stay soft
Me: Relax again, slow it down...
Koda: slow down? Ok... *western jog*
Me: damnit, support with the leg!
Koda: MUST SPEED UP!! TENSE!!!
Me: Ok, slow it down, relax my arms, weight the elbows, and keep the legs on...
Koda: OHhhhhhh, that's what you want? No problem
Half a circle later...
And it continues on. As we practice and move forward, we're not only getting stronger physically (along with strengthening the right muscles), we're starting to work together better.
All in all, I'm loving it :)
Oh yes, new thing I noticed about Koda - when he's really clicked in and listening, he'll turn his right ear back to me.
|Another beautiful view from northern Alberta|