Get yourself a horse that can do both (or one that can't do either but dresses the part).
I can't ride in this saddle at the moment, because one of the billets is broken, but it fits Ava well. I will fix it at some point, but for now it's a great desensitization saddle.
|Ava has gotten really good at grazing with a lead rope. When she steps on it she backs away from pressure. Apparently she doesn't mind ropes on her face either.|
|Notice how relaxed she is in the arena!|
Avalon has been much more relaxed in the arena. Partially because it is summer and she mellows out in the summer, but I think that taking time to slow down and connect helps as well. I set up a couple of ground poles to encourage her to lower her head and pick up her feet.
|I love to see her trotting with a lowered, relaxed head.|
|Spicing up the circling game with barrels|
|Trot poles to build awareness and topline.|
|Avoiding the trot poles|
|An artsy phone taken by accident. It shows the complicated reality of lunging while taking photos.|
|Mostly even sweat marks.|
|A weird sweatless spot in between the saddle and the girth.|
I'm hoping to get some ground driving in soon with the long lines and western saddle.