Monday, August 25, 2014

"Backing up. Who says you can't teach an old dog/horse new ways to do ol...

"Does you horse have issues when you are backing it?  Watch what we do with Darrien to take him to a new level"

In this session Susan is focused on keeping Darrien in balance, with his back up.  We start with the turn on the haunches (and walk pirouettes)  and add the halt and backing up. In the past, Darrien would back up, but he would drag his feet  and hollow his back instead of keeping it up. He would go into what we call “robot mode”  In fact,  It was like he knew how many steps to take.  Imagine his surprise when we started asking him to do other things while he was backing!  Instead of only backing in a straight line we asked him to do curves.  He did not know what to do or how to do it.  Watch what happens as we work him through the process so we can take him to the next level of connection with how he is backing up. You will see all of his issues coming up as he is insulted.  The good news is that by the next week, Darrien was able to back in curves,  

What does your horse do when you ask it to back?