Yesterday my grandpa came down to watch me ride and show him different exercises of the Clinton Anderson Method. I gave myself an hour to get Ruby ready and mostly have time to lunge her before riding. It took awhile to get her to the round pen; in fact it was pretty bad. I feel like I'm getting stuck a lot on what to do. Every time she gets her 'sticky feet' I either back her up or try the C pattern. But now I can barely back her up that day. When I tried, she would shake her head and it takes a lot of effort to get her to take a few steps back. I've also noticed she gets mad and even takes a few steps forward. I feel very bad that I can't fix this, and hopefully can watch the DVDs more to find answers to the problem. When I try the C Pattern she starts making it a bad habit of turning to face me and pinning her ears back.
When I did finally get her to the round pen I saddled her. I left her training halter on without the bridle and started the lunging. At first it was going well, in fact a little better start off then I expected of her. In a previous day she nosed the ground lay down to roll. I had to get her back up because she had her saddle on and she wasn't too happy about that. This time she started nosing the ground but I kept her moving so she couldn't stop to lay down. For the first part she kept trying to nose the ground to find a good place to roll but I kept her moving and changing directions. She soon forgot but not long after I had another problem. When I changed her directions she was turned to face me and stop. If I try to point her back and keep her lunging she actually comes forward into my face trying to move me! Only once she struck a little which made me take a step back in surprise but I guess I started getting mad because I made her back up and didn't stop until she was touching the fence. I did start with a little pressure at first to warn her but I had to increase it. When I had her backed all the way I pointed her off and this time she obeyed. Unfortunately she did it two more times and I had to back her all the way before I could start again. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong and why Ruby is behaving badly. I do notice that she keeps cutting the circle and sometimes almost completely in half where she gets too close to me. When that happens she even goes right up to the fence and stop with her hindquarters in my direction and then when I want her to move she chooses the opposite direction I wanted her to go. This is signs of showing a lot of disrespect to me, I just need more knowledge in what to do before they become bad habits or I end up getting hurt.
When my grandpa came down I ended her lunging and put her bridle on for riding. I thought today was going to be a bad time for me with Ruby acting up that day when I'm trying to show off Ruby to my Grandpa. I've also noticed it's getting bit by bit a little hard for me to put her bridle on. But I thinks it's because I'm not having her head low for me like Sarah taught me and Ruby's getting worse about it. But that's not as bad as it sounds. I remember Raleigh being the hardest horse for me to put the bit in his mouth.
I expected Ruby to be as bad as when she was on the ground to be the same in the saddle. Nothing of the kind! She did great! As soon as I got in the saddle she didn't show any signs of misbehaving and stood patient while I talked to my Grandpa. In fact I talked a lot, almost the whole time. I think Ruby was happy enough to stand still and if she got impatient and started pawing the ground, I made her move her feet and then stood still again. I know she liked staying where my Grandpa was because that's where I had her stay still so I got talk to him. I knew she would be wanted to go there/near the gate so I had her moving her feet, trotting or cantering near Grandpa/the gate and then rested her at the farthest end. I talked a lot during that time and explained a lot, too, showing my Grandpa different exercises. Ruby did so well with the riding and showed me she could move when I wanted her and stop and stand still when I wanted that. She did show off her stops almost too well. When I had her cantering or trotting freely to where she chose where to go I kept my hands away from the reins. Then when I sat back in the saddle she stopped very fast. Even her backing up was showing off of how well and fast she could back up with very light pressure. Her backing up on the ground wasn't very good, I know Sugar is a champ compared to her but in the saddle she's amazingly soft and easy.
So sometimes she turns from terrible to show off. I just hope I can learn more with the ground work. It's kind of strange to me that she's getting better in the saddle but worse on the ground considering that I've been working so much on the ground work and so little in the saddle.