Canter Does Not Mean RUN!

Gus is doing so so well! I backed up a little bit this week and spent three days lunging with the vienna reins. The first day Gus did not think he could go around in a circle, he was not so sure about the pressure on his mouth, and canter? What? The circle was way to small to canter. But on day two? He was like a completely different horse. He’s a smart boy.

Over the weekend I got Eric to come out and take some photos and, of course, get on Gus himself. Despite being so relaxed during the week, Gus was a little spitfire on Saturday! The good part: Gus was forward and picked up his leads when asked. The bad part: Gus thought he was back on the race track and burst into a canter.

I had to spend a lot of time just trotting, half-halting, trotting, halting, walking, trotting… you get the idea. And of course then when Gus would bolt into a canter we would come back and start over again. It was exhausting, especially in this GA heat! And of course, Gus is still learning what a half-halt is so it’s a bit more like “I’m going to strangle you for half a second” then the polite “listen please, I’m still up here” that a half-halt is supposed to be.

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But eventually we got a few good trot-canter transitions. I love that he does react to my leg. I just wish it wasn’t quiet so crazy of a response. Even better, he was listening to my outside leg and actually turning! Eric says it still feels like trying to turn a semi truck but it used to be like turing a semi truck with flat tires so, I’ll take it.


Because I had Eric out to help me, we even put Gus over his first ground poles and his first mini x-rail! He was a superstar, the poles didn’t phase him at all. Once we get a little bit more consistent with steering and our transitions I’ll start doing a lot of pole work.


To end, because Gus was getting a little anxious at this point, we went on a nice relaxing walk around the property. I really love this place and I can’t wait to get on the trails this week (I had planned to on Sunday but forgot to bring any saddle pads with me…fail!). Gus_34 Gus_37I love this horse, he’s such a good egg. He gets today off and then this week we start hacking on the trails!


27 thoughts on “Canter Does Not Mean RUN!

  1. He looks so awesome. You are doing a great job with him so far! And love his color against the green background you have out there!

    1. Thank you! It helps that everything is so pretty. I’m just trying to take things slow and get a hood foundation on Gus.

    1. I have to take a million photos now when he’s all dark and pretty. He’s going to white out pretty fast! (Though I still think he’ll be adorable then).

    1. I dont think they make bridles. Which is sad because I would get him one. He does need a new bridle though. Is it sad that thats my main motivation on the job hunt?

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