Rope could have been a little softer but she was dropping her head nicely.
And backing out of my space with a wiggling rope. Ears look flat but were more flicking back and forth.
Progess was made today. The acting out behavior of yesterday was easily reduce by 80% in her willingness to continue resisting. She is figuring out that home means "work" too. I did discover she has very few confidence issues out in the woods, she was reasonably forward at the walk, with ears tipped ahead, no hesitation in her go. I could have picked up a trot on a loose rein, but for the present I want the trail to seem like the "preferred" option vs. the front lot where I'm concerned. I might also start limiting her treats to trail work, so the only time she is rewarded with her peppermint cookie is "out there." I also learned that a running pack of horses gets her into a frenzy so that will likely be an issue on the distance trail. But guess what? This horse is going to start her first ride so far back in the pack they'll be calling her Granny too.
Overall, I felt really good about today's training session. The thing I'm having to work at hardest is with my brain. This is not Phebes, this is not Phebes, this is not Phebes. I have to think about how Journey ticks, and how to build off her positives and thwart her negatives. She is an incredibly easy horse to ride. Her trot is like a little putter, so posting is little, where Phebes trot has so much impulsion that you lift way up from the saddle. Journey hasn't acted truly tired yet. Compliant yes, tired, no. She sweats but not bucket loads like Phebes. As I was riding along I was thinking, hmmm...that stick would spun Phebes back, or that rock pile would have set her back into sudden stop, and all these reactionary things that upset her. Journey doesn't even look at them! She is a little more reactive to noises, rustling things and such, but not crazy reactive. If today is any indication, I'm going to really like this mare when all is said and done. ~E.G.