Played with Renegade tonight using my new strategies and the idea that it’s not about the canter circles and had a really successful session. Stayed particular with our yo-yo back, a rest out there when he was straight and looking at me, keeping everything soft when possible and giving Renegade time to think and respond. I ended up getting some really nice canter circles on line in both directions (always bringing him in when it was MY idea) and his departs on the send were snappy. Tried sending him out on a circle at the trot and asking for the canter after a 1/2 lap and it only took me lightly rolling the stick and string to get the canter. Wooohoooo…so happy!!! He did lots of licking, chewing, and yawning DURING our session as well as after during undemanding time. He also laid down again, it wasn’t for long but each time he’s staying down just a bit longer.
Judging by all the nickering, chuckling, and engagement going on, I think I was getting something right!!
Also, during our play time I played some Spanish music and some Santana…maybe Renegade likes latin music!!