I listened to the great advice about the canter. Get the trot right and then ask for the canter. If he starts running, bring him back to a good trot and ask again. The first night I did this it worked like a charm. I found that by prepping him loads he responded by answering me promptly. And I thought - voila! I have found my solution! And it was so easy! I should have already been doing this, but I can occasionally be an asshole who doesn't think about these things and I don't have enough money currently to get a trainer to remind me. The next night I came out to this friendly face. And though he's friendly - he's also a combination of lazy and wiley!
|Who you calling lazy and wiley, lady?!?!|
|Laura with lazy and her boy, Sterling|
|Gavin after the ass-kicking, note he's still alive and well ;)|
After our ride we took the boys on their first trail ride from the barn. We hand-walked them to the trailhead and then got on. Gavin's size is perfect for getting on and off from the ground (though I try not to for the sake of his back). So a few times that the boys deemed too scary to move I did get off to be the brave leader ;) It worked out really well, and they were great!