Misty & Marley Go to SchoolLast Friday, Marley and I went for training with Kathleen Sullivan and Erin McLaughlin. We worked on the ground naked and dressed in saddles. It was nice to work with Marley in the same arena. Kathleen taught Marley while Erin taught me. By the end of our lesson we both showed improvement.
Erin is asking me to back up.
Kathleen working Marley in a circle with the flag.
We were both very good about being saddled.
Erin asked me to soften and bend while keeping my feet in place. I was resistant at first because I didn't understand. Erin was very patient with me; she didn't force me, but gave me time to think.
I started to figure it out.
I became softer.
By jove, I think I've got it!
Marley was quite interesting.
He's rather stiff, but he can sure bend that thick neck of his while resisting the pressure of the rope. We know he can even run full speed ahead with his nose bent to his shoulder.
Here he is bent like a bobby pin, but resisting long enough to get bored. So he decided to nibble on his girth for entertainment. Silly boy.
But he did better than on our evaluation day. There was actually some communication going to his feet this time and he moved around more fluidly.
He has a really tough time with his right side though. Kathleen asked if on the occasions that Marley ran off with riders, did he veer to the right? My Lady said she had not witnessed his run-offs under saddle, but as she thought about it, she recalled the several times she experienced Marley trying to run-off on the longe line, he always tried to run away to his right. He's very strong on that side.
Kathleen is asking Marley to bend and move his feet.
See how braced he is?
He's a stubborn pony, but Kathleen was patient.
He finally got a clue.
And found the answer to the question.
Next time they might ride us both. We've been ridden before, but I'm green and Marley is ornery. It should be interesting.
To be continued...