Horse Training: Dina-mite, Day Three

I saddled her by the barn and then rode to the round pen about 100 yards. She was crabby, ears pointing out flattened sideways, tail swishing. I round-penned her for a good long while. She brightened up considerably and got a lot more congenial. I rode her to George’s, about a mile.  She needed to become supple to the reins by tipping and/or dropping her nose on cue, but at this point she was heavy and resistant. As I pulled to the side and when I ask her to bend at the pole, she violently dropped her nose and then pushed back again obviously irritated. After a few efforts at rein-back she began doing it nicely, although her head position was still too high. She was quite responsive to my legs and half-passed with agility.

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