Thursday, April 29, 2010
Jason gaining coordination
As usual, the weather gal is off. I have to say….I feel as though the statement…..”it’s raining again” is redundant. But I am so sick of the rain! It was suppose to rain tue/wed/thur this week. And while accurate somewhere…..just not accurate for where I live. It sprinkled a tad on tues, but Jason managed to get in a play session. We tried to tape it, but my batteries in the camera died. He did all the stuff he has been working on, and his coordination is getting a lot better. As far as the pedestal, he has had to be quite close to spirit to get him up there. So I set a cone a couple feet away, and told him to stay behind it. I got his usual pessimistic response “I can’t do that!” I reassured him that he can, and of course he did. So I moved the cone another foot back……again “I can’t”……again…..he did. So another 6in back….you’da thought I was cutting off an arm or something, but again, he did fine. When done, he was so proud of himself. He started on the weave pattern, not to shabby for them. Granted, most of his work is on a relatively short line, he has to have a starting point. Then we tried our hand at driving the front end. Hmmm, not so good. Spirit has his foot planted firmly on the gas pedal. It be came obvious, as my memory from 8yrs ago is failing me big time, that there are some things that I did NOT teach Spirit back then. I was still new to Parelli, was new to owning a bunch of horses, was still new to being a mom, new to being a ranch owner. I guess I just did the minimum required for him to be safe around Jason and for maintenance care. We also did not have the Horsenalities when I was playing with him, AND I was still on the original green pack level one! ……….New strategy…..porcupine front end and then back end, which just so happens to be the next thing to add on his OLL1 self assessment check list. Spirit is still too RB when “driving” even with me. I need to get my hands on the new L1-2 dvd’s for Jason and I to watch together. I would like to see the quality, distance, coordination that they are looking for in the new L1. I think Jason would benefit from seeing it as well. He is OK with me giving him directions….just not ‘showing’ him. Yesterday it poured down rain, but today it is sunny. So I hope we both get to play tonight. I would like to play with Rose in the egg pen, and maybe Cha’cote a little for friendship. Snookie needs her bandage changed….geesh the list gets long fast!