Apparently, I was wrong.
Cisco's fear of pigeons is back.
I'm hoping that it was just because he had an excess of energy after not being ridden for four days (but lunged a bit the day before).
|The intent stare.|
For the rest of the ride he was looking for that pigeon. And spooked pretty big about 5 or 6 times when he thought he heard the bird.
His spook is more annoying than anything - first he splats, which seats me deep in the saddle, then stares, so I have a second to get ready, then wheels. Because it's a little bit in slow motion, he hasn't unseated me at all. It's just annoying. Especially after the first couple.
|Phantom drew in her eyebrow with dirt.|
I also tried to change the height of his neck for the first time. He was total periscope up looking for the pigeons for the whole ride. So I tried a Lendon Grey exercise that was in the Lessons With Lendon book that I had just picked up at the post office. It's basically ask for strong flexion to the left, strong flexion to the right, strong flexion to the left, then throw the reins away and let the horse stretch down. Then repeat over and over until the horse starts to get the idea of stretching their head down.
|Somebody took a chunk out of Phantom's tail. I saw the chunk on the ground in the field and hoped it had come from a different horse who left last month. Nope.|
I am happy to see that there has been at least some progress. Now just to work on the pigeon fear.