I am not sure how much I talk about it on my blog? But Kaspin has not been able to get his left lead at a canter for the 2 years that I have had him now(Kaspin cow canters instead, on his left lead). At first I thought, it was all mental, but after 2 years something should start to come through but still nothing. I had vets look at him and he is fine:) No medical problems. Kaspin cow canters on the left so well, that it really amazes me! Since Kaspin is so fluent at it and makes it look natural! As you know, I am healing from my shoulder surgery. During this time, I have my Parelli Professional out every week, once a week playing with Kaspin for me. I mentioned this canter problem to Steve and told him to try to work on Kaspin's left lead when Steve could find time in the hour. Steve feels that kaspin is not bending in his ribs when he travels to his left. So Steve worked on lots of rib bending exercises, sideways, and also softening his neck. Kaspin can brace in the neck also when he wants to. In the first few lessons, Steve would get Kaspin to canter once and while correctly on his left lead. More than I ever got!!!! The last 2 times Steve was out he would ask Kaspin to pick up the left canter 3 separate times and every time Kaspin picked it up correctly! Steve would bring Kaspin into him immediately and reward with taking a break. A few times I played with Kaspin in the past few weeks and I would notice Kaspin on his own sometimes would offer a canter to the left and pick up the correct lead!! I would be amazed. So now Kaspin would do it about 50% of the time correct, and 50% of the time wrong even when I was asking for nothing. I was just moving Kaspin around the field for some exercise and I really didn't care what Kaspin did. I just watched and it was interesting to see Kaspin offer canter on his own and then correctly pick up the left lead correctly half of the time! Last week when Steve was here, he asked Kaspin 4 different times to canter to the left. Also using the fence to help bend kaspin, and all 4 times Kaspin picked it up correctly!! Steve then moved onto another Parelli game. This past Sunday, I went out with Kaspin and asked him to go into a traveling circle. Kaspin left to his left and picked up a canter again on his own and AGAIN picked up the left lead correctly!!!! Kaspin cantered on his left lead for 5 minutes! Around and around he went. WOW, maybe Kaspin is finally figuring out it is much more comfortable to canter on the left correctly, yeahhh!! Next time, I will ask Steve to ride Kaspin for me too. Either way, I am soooo thrilled to know Kaspin might eventually have a correct left lead!! GO KASPIN!!!
Steve and Kaspin playing together:)
Keep it fun, still healing J9, left lead Kaspin, and the late Enzo!