Have you any idea how difficult a task you've achieved? You and Freckles?
Are you kidding me? It wasn't difficult - just time consuming and tedious
I would hate to know the number of hours we have spent walking in circles *sigh* big circles, small circles, turns on the forehand and on the quarters, straight lines in-between of course, and also pedestals and sideways movement ...
In the sport horse world this is, with the best trainers and coaches, one the most challenging difficulties to overcome.
I hear what you say, but it seriously was not difficult
just immensely long-winded. I have no doubt that if we stop doing that kind of work he will regress fairly quickly.
And most of that problem is in the mind and nervous system training
Add to that how young Freckles is and I think it's more that he still sometimes gets emotional and excited and then can't/won't/doesn't listen to me carefully. You see, BIG FUN and shouldn't be interrupted by technicalities, apparently.
Those who decide to learn to mount the horse on the off side
... can expect to spent some time on their bottoms on the ground below their horse, or stuck halfway up the side of their horse, and occasionally even head-down on the other side of their horse to where they actually expected to be.
Yes, this is a voice of experience. Sigh.
Ooh, I can't wait to see the Elk vids.