Today's session was short and sweet, and really progressed from yesterday's session.
Here's are some short video clips.
Water. I want Tumbleweed to willingly come into water with me, stand, turnaround, play, and basically, relax.
If you fast forward to the 1 minute mark (1:00) I ask him for circles to the right. You'll see that he's trying to back up and evade me, and position himself for a good rear, but thinks better of it when I push him forward.
When you realize rearing as just stopping on two legs, it's easy to fix--just make sure they're always going forward. At this point in his learning, I still have to keep him close enough to me that I can direct both ends. The crop works great for this close work. He's young, and I don't want to do too much of it, but he does need to know how to lead well and safely--so I think it's pretty essential right now--in small segments.
This second video is our second time through the water today. You can see how much he improved after I directed his feet with the circle work. It's all connected. At the end of this video, you'll notice him trying to get his mouth on me. That's pretty common for him, so I'm turning straw into gold....
Straw into gold? Yes. Since Tweed loves to mouth everything, I'm taking that opportunity to run my hands all up under his lips and gums, in his nose, basically, everywhere I can get them. It seems to satisfy his need for touch, and soften his muzzle and head.
This is one of the things I do during TTouch sessions, and horses love it once they finally figure it out it feels good. Starting it sooner, rather than later, is a good thing.