Hemie was brilliant. He got the concept right away, and was a good sport even when I asked him to do it a little too “grand prix” -like, as my trainer immediately pointed out to me. Ha. We did it at walk and trot and he was a good boy – trying to do a good job and concentrating on the task at hand.
Next we did some trot poles. His little ears perked up and there was more pep in his step. The boy wants to jump! So out came the tiny crossrail and he was fantastic. The first go I was very defensive in my position so I got left behind. Thereafter I was pretty good about staying forward and grabbing a hunk of mane. =) He was lively and enjoying himself (and probably enjoying all the pats and squeals of excitement). He even figured out the concept of half-halts before the jump. I’m a proud mommy today.