"Hay Mister, Your Horse Is Loose !"
Yes, that IS Rosie... NOT TIED TO ANYTHING... Standing NICELY !!
Me Riding Bonnie (bareback) ALL around her!!!
Rosie stood there in that spot for at least 30 minutes!!! Even when Jim walked away from her she stayed there.
You will notice a bit of sweat from the saddle. I promise I did not work her until she was too tired to care. I had THE BEST ride EVER on her, Jim even said he can't tell how I'm steering or stopping her any more !!
There was a course already set up... going to center line, weave through 5 cones, with about one step between each, halt in the middle of a box, move on to ground poles set up to step over each stride, figure 8 around barrels then down straight line. I warmed both of us up, then started slow, guiding through each area. Walked the course until Rosie no longer needed to be guided through each step, then moved into a nice working trot. Amazing rhythm.
My only complaint is on the straight she tried to run through my hands, power through me. I nipped that in the bud with as small of a circle as she can do at a trot until she became soft again, every time she would push her head down, off into a circle we'd go. Didn't take long for her to figure out that powering through my hands is uncalled for.
As soon as she did one full completion of the course at nice steady rhythm without powering through my hands I hoped off and untacked.