Lesson 10.1

Friday, of course, dawned damp and chilly, a drastic contrast to earlier in the week.  With the long weekend looming, the weather forecast is decidedly not favorable.  Once I arrived at the barn, though, the sun came out and it felt like spring again.  Lovely!

Zeb was the lesson horse on Friday, and Tina and Gio rode with us.  At first M didn't hook the overcheck to the string that we tied to the front of  my saddle, and Zeb was a pretty good boy.  He didn't pull, and he walked when he was supposed to, though not in the straightest lines I've seen.  I kept having to adjust my stirrups; I just wasn't comfortable, and I don't know why.  I was just fidgety and didn't feel right all lesson.

When M fastened the overcheck, Zeb suddenly started pulling, so she took it off again.  Maybe he's been conditioned that when it's hooked, he tries to pull his head down and fight against it? I don't know, but it was weird.  Towards the end of the lesson, he did start diving his head and stopping by the out gate.  He was done, and he was making sure that everybody knew it.  M had me hop off at the far end of the arena by the corner, so that he stops thinking that when he walks by the in-gate he's finished.

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