I've been longeing him some, so he's figuring out the trot on cue. He actually did really well picking up the trot! His biggest problem was maintaining the trot and circles. He just doesn't have the strength yet. We only trotted six or seven strides per trot, then I would click/treat. I definitely need to strengthen my core because I kept collapsing forward when he would stop so suddenly for his treat. :)
He nailed his whoas which is awesome, because that's one of the things that had me worried. :) I started out in the saddle, but he was being balky so I pulled it off and rode bareback. It didn't change the way he was acting so I don't think the saddle is to blame. I think it's just really hard work for him because he has no muscles!!
There was one point when he ducked in sharply on the circle and tried to stop so I tapped him with the whip and he ducked his head as he jumped forward into the trot again. It felt like a crow hop, but it wasn't. If that's the worst "attitude" he pulls I'm totally cool with that hehe. I think I totally psyche myself out sometimes because when I think about it I start thinking of everything that could go wrong, but once I'm on his back I'm as happy and confident as can be. I get to start taking dressage lessons again in June (on a school horse) so hopefully that will boost my confidence some more as I get my strength and position back.
I rode for probably twenty minutes but only got about five minutes on tape because my memory card was full.... go me! :-/ I took some screenshots off of the video of some of our better moments. I was wearing jeans and sneakers so my pants leg pulled up.... I'm wearing breeches from now on lol. The jeans were horribly uncomfortable. Like I said my position is horrible.... I constantly caught myself looking down which causes me to slouch and my toes kept pointing out and my feet sliding forward because I wasn't on my inner thigh/calf like I'm supposed to me. It's just a lack of practice over the years. I'll get it back I hope. :)
Sorry for the rambling. Here are the pictures.
I like this picture. :D My position sucks, but he sure is pretty!!
And this last one is for Faran. He stood right there watching us the whole time! Such a good boy. :D
Anyway that's all for now. I'm going to stick with my plan to do the Couch To 5k with him in hand and on the longe to get him in shape because he was definitely struggling with me on his back at the trot. He could barely trot going to the right. He kept spiraling in on a tiny circle and trying to turn around, so we will be spending a LOT more time in that direction on the longe!!