Well, the next time I rode her out, by herself, she was broke again, and I don't mean that in the good horse way. Actually what she was was balky. Not too, and it didn't take too long to work through it, but it didn't take less than last time either. I probably did more pressure release and less approach retreat because 1) I wasn't scared and 2) I wasn't patient. In the end it was a good ride, a fun ride, and what I mean by that is that we went everywhere, did everything. I did go into the arena to canter but we did do that and did it quite nicely and quite a bit with more than several and less than numerous transitions on each side.
Now, lots of things go into this for Jin. Hormones #1. If it were all the same to me, she'd either get pregnant or get regumate. But it isn't all the same to me. We've brought her in this week to be turned out with the horse who, it turns out, is the love of her life, another mare who I guess at least isn't mean to her. Jin is in love with her. So our choices there aren't helping. I just don't think they are hurting it either tho -- that it is an issue that is going to be there to deal with anyway.
On the good side, I've been ponying. Which has been interesting and productive. On the bad side, it is these two mares I've ponied so far. But others are coming in the mix. But it'll be next week before I can get to that.
One of the thoughts I've had is that working with her and her being a better horse has NOT made her easier to ride. Which is interesting.
Also, the more confident she gets, the more "left brained" she gets -- "make me" & "what's in it for me".
And when she's unconfident, she accepts me as leader but as she gets more confident, well, maybe there's something missing from my leadership there? I think of Blaze. I think of Zip who I am actively working with now. So far so good with him but I can already tell that at some point he is going to say to me, "Are you my leader or am I yours?"
Now, the absolutely "I control your feet" thing has been VERY important. As Buck puts it, they need to understand (and deeply understand) three things: 1) I can move your feet; 2) you cannot move my feet; 3) you can move your feet without being troubled. I have (perhaps ironically) used this a good bit or standing still. Obviously I need to use it more moving.
If I had a teacher right now I'd ask: How do I do that leadership thing? In the round pen? On the lead rope? Riding?