Once Annie could Ride with a friend, we started pairing Spots up with Marigold. Michelle and I took turns on Marigold and Annie coached us from Spots back. Spots was being so good, Annie decided to try letting him open up and see if he'd canter, since he wouldn't in the round-pen when she tried before. She had us stand at the gate end of the arena, then took him to the far end. She began trotting, and let him go and encouraged him with her voice. It took a couple times down the side, but finally he took a canter step! We cheered him on. The next time he took 3 canter steps. By the end of the session he was cantering nearly the whole side!
6 years ago