Riding with a bit

The DOR has been riding me with a halter and one rein most of the time, sometimes she uses two reins. Today I worked with her using a D-ring snaffle bit. I had her work on her one rein stops and direct reining. We also did some backing up, yielding the hindquarters, and lining up to things. We worked on walking and trotting in a straight line in addition to making tight turns.

I am still working with her on staying off my mouth. I had her ride for ten minutes without giving me any directions unless they were needed-it really is hard for her not to micro-manage.
The DOR is getting better about using her seat, legs, and head to tell me what she wants. I really like that better than her pulling on my face.

Here the DOR is practicing letting me wander around without micro-managing.

More practice. I like this end of the arena because there is stuff for me to nibble on. The DOR was getting frustrated with me constantly heading down here, but she was good and let me wander around like she was supposed to!

Working on tight turns. All-in-all it was a good training session.

As a reward for her progress I let her flag the heck out of me and stood really still for it...I have to keep her motivated!

Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR


Amanda said...

I am so happy to see how things are coming along. Looks like a partnership is forming.


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