Friday, December 17, 2010

2 Steps Forward, 10 Steps Back

Ugh.  After coming back from a 2 week hiatus while we were at the Weimaraner National Field Trial with our dogs and our two Walking Horses, Louie seems like he's taken 10 steps backwards in our dressage lessons.  And, he's still pretending to be scared of the far end of the arena. 

I lunged him earlier this week on the scary end of the arena and he hardly blinked going by the scary stuff.  When I rode him last night, he was back to his full "flight mode."  Argh.  This is definitely testing my patience, so Sandy and I plan to do a little working on it this weekend.  There were moments when Louie appeared to have forgotten how to do the simplest things like "go" and "turn."  By the end of a short ride, we were able to make a little bit of progress, pass the scary end without *that* much trouble.  But we still have a very long way to go to catch up to where we left off 2 weeks ago. . .

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