The first 45 minutes of my lessen went very well....it was just the last 15 that became very interesting!
First I warm him up by lunging.
I take him through all of his gaits on a long rope.
..and then I use a mounting block to get on him.
Now we start to walk.
Now trotting the other direction.
Dominus has really good natural motion and WILL be a great show horse one day!
Trotting figure 8's through the center of the ring.
..a little rear - typical when we are going to the right
Before we canter, my trainer Kelli Lowery has a little talk with Dominus.
Cantering to the left is good.
and we start to canter right ok...for now.
not happy about it though.
Jumping into the canter again..
Nice Trot!..but you are suppose to be cantering!!
Tail swishing is never a good thing.
Let the fight begin..
Big Buck! Enlarge this picture for unbelievable details.
Positioning for the rear..
and up higher..
Can I get off nowwwww???
He is mad..
I am madder!
Flex Dammit! (This is something called the one rein stop and something we do everytime he rears up with me.)
1 more buck..
..and a rear.
Until he finally canters to the right 3 full size arena circles (very large) without incident. YEAH!!!