Today we set up a little obstacle course and had some fun. I think setting up obstacles is a great way to get your horse thinking and responding to your cues. It gives both you and the horse something to focus on and really makes them think about how they are using their body.
I have also been working on trotting. Rem is pretty lazy, so keeping him in the trot is work, but he is starting to understand that when I ask for something, he needs to keep doing it until I ask him to stop. Next weekend is a practice for the mustang pride group. I think I will be taking Remington along because there is a nice big arena to work in... Perhaps by then we will be ready for some loping!
Yesterday the vet was out to check teeth. He took a look at Remington's and couldn't find any sharp points. I asked about his wolf teeth and he said they are large, so they shouldn't give him a problem, but if they do we can have them removed. I was happy that Remington was cleared to go. I put the bit in and out of his mouth several times yesterday and he did what any green horse would do and chewed non stop. Today I put the bit in, but I still rode him in my halter. I could tell he was more focused on what was in his mouth than me, but by the end of our session he was holding the bit with no fuss. He's not real fond of it yet, but I've just got to give him time to adjust.