Online Level 3
Liberty Level 3
This definitely was the best session I've ever had with Aspen! It's taken me a couple days to decide what to write about it because I don't think I'll be able to capture the moment in words. We started out on the 45' line warming up with weave and F8. Calm? Check! Connected? Check! Check! Responsive? Check! Aspen was so interested in what I wanted her to do that she wouldn't take her eyes off me! She was doing FLCs, sticking to the pattern herself, and asking lots of questions.
At one point (my bad!) the rope got tangled around one of the barrels and it went behind both her front legs and between one of her back legs. She was cantering and there was no way I could fix it so I let go of the rope and she took a few worried strides then stopped, looked straight at me and asked to come over. She walked to me really calm and I untangled her and we went on as if nothing had happened. So totally awesome for an RBE!
During one of our canter circles Aspen became a totally different horse. She lifted her whole front end, engaged her HQ, flexed through her neck and poll and demonstrated this beautiful, elevated, round canter! She carried herself like an Olympic champion dressage horse (at least in her heart!). It was so athletic and beautiful to watch.
I was mixing up and weave and F8's at the trot and canter and as she came around the end barrel she did her FLC and then looked at me, did this great big star jump off the ground, stomped her feet, shook her head, and then cantered to me with her ears forward!!! I haven't seen her this playful - EVER! I took the halter off thinking I'd just let the day go at that before getting greedy but she was so stuck to me with so much draw and really seemed like she wanted to keep PLAYING! Now, I know we always say we're "playing" with our horses, and maybe we are, but how often are we engaging our horses to actually physically, mentally, and emotionally play back with us??
This seemed to be our day so I asked her to do a little sideways toward me, then some stick to me, some circles, how about a little cutting back and forth (first time ever!), some jumps? She was just there every time I suggested something to her. Ears forward, magnetized to me, game on! I could have played with my horse for HOURS but decided I really must end on a good note and call it quits before I exhausted the fun. When I have a little more time expect a more details post in my blog! :)