Last night I had a fantastic ride, where I focused on FORWARD and STRAIGHT and not getting caught up in the placement of his head.
Before my friend's advice the other night, I had been getting too caught up in fixing everything in the bridle, when Boca pulls his cracked-out-llama imitation (aka his favorite evasion). If I continue to focus on forward and straight and don't get baited into fiddling in the bridle, his head fixes itself. Wonders never cease.
Also, we completed TWO full 20-meter circles in each direction at the canter, with NO bucking, leaping, sunfishing or breaking. I can feel us each getting stronger and stronger.
I have a lesson tonight and can't wait to show off our progress. I brought my camera and video camera and hope to coerce someone into taking media of some sort.
I'm really happy with my little red horse and feel like we're really getting somewhere.
I know someday we're going to put it all together and its going to be awesome.
Until then, I'll just enjoy where we're at.