Today was the first day I’ve been able to see and ride Ella since moving back to Colorado.
We lunged on the line before doing some liberty work, but she didn’t need it 😊 She was absolutely perfect and engaged the whole time! She “kneeled down” for me to get on and we did some relaxing riding bareback with just a halter. She didn’t miss a beat!
Recently for our liberty work on the ground, we’ve been working on her staying with me longer at the trot and improving her liberty circles. She still gets distracted sometimes and I have to reobtain her attention by taking a step back and rewarding the littlest accomplishments. The main problem that I run into with Ella is that she will reach a point in our session where she just “shuts down,” telling me that she’s done. I will usually ask her for a little bit more, and if she engages more then I will call it quits.
Once her trotting next to me and circles improve, I will be adding her maneuvers together into patterns, including her pivots, sidepassing, backing two different ways, and bowing for me to get on. I’m looking forward to teaching her the lay down, rear, and Spanish walk! All in good time 😊
For our riding liberty work, my goal is to be able to ride her bareback and bridleless on the trails! We’re continuing our bridleless training within a pen, and will add tons of miles on the trails, hoping to be able to put the two together! She gets better with every session!