Which led to yet another (lost count of which # this is....) Revelation.
#??. Reins pull AND push.
So in my post here I mentioned that I was suppose to work on pushing Farley into the connection as my homework.
Today I played with that connection and it was amazing. I can pull on the reins....and I can "push" with the reins. "Pushing" is different from the horse pulling.
Within a very short amount of time Farley was going "long and low" around the arena. I experimented with how far she could stretch down over the bit.
Playing with the connection for 50 minutes was probably the most fun I've had in the arena for a while.
Which is ironic - because to someone watching it looked like I was *just* wandering around for 50 minutes.
In reality - I was communicating with my horse on a level that we've never communicated at before.
Because I was sick, the session went like this. Work for 15-20 minutes. Walk past the rail where hot tea was waiting. Walk around arena on loose rein while Melinda sips tea. Put tea back on rail and continue working. I liked it so well I think I will incorporate tea breaks into all of my sessions.....