billy has started to get extremely emotional when i ask for the canter on the circle. he used to just not offer it, now he’ll pick it up but quickly goes RBE and tries to run away. a few times he’s ripped the rope right out of my hands and RACED away, tail flagging.
this new part of our journey kept me awake last night. as i mulled it over, i started to break it down for myself and billy. we have been playing with him picking up the canter and i’ve had to get REALLY interesting to achieve that. then i started to wonder if he has always been emotional about the canter and that’s why he wouldn’t pick it up before. once his feet start to move he seems to get more and more worried until he is galloping madly about with me standing in the power stance in the middle trying to hang on.
i think to help him with this i’m going to have to ask for the canter, then ask for the gallop and just keep him there, in a fenced in, safe area where he can’t get away. i think i’m going to have to ask him to go closer and stay longer in that uncomfortable place. it’s uncomfortable for me too so this should be interesting. i hate to see him scared or worried, but i won’t be able to ride that canter/gallop unless i help him (and at the same time help myself) become more confident about moving his feet more.
i’m surprised at this turn of events because he can trot all day long. when he got scared he used to disengage and come right to me, but the last week or so he has started to turn all the way away from me and just take off. how interesting!
i was awake trying to think back, to see if i could remember anything that happened in our sessions that caused him to feel so stressed. i can’t remember anything. so i will just tackle this new problem head on and see what we can accomplish.
parelli gives us so many wonderful techniques, ideas, support and knowledge that if we can break it down in our heads, we can solve the problem. all we need is time and courage and lot of determination and we can make a breakthrough.
billy and i have worked through many issues as they have popped up. i have faith that we can work through this one as well.
but it will take courage (on both our parts) and determination.