Yesterday Becky began working with my boy. Granite has lived there for almost 10 months, but Becky and Granite don't know each other too extremely well because he is pasture boarded (out 24/7) so they don't get a lot of time to interact. Becky spent yesterday doing some ground work with Granite in the round pen and got to know him a little more and got a feel for what work I had done with him.
Today when I pulled up to the barn after work, I looked for Granite in the pasture as usual. He wasn't there; I immediately start to panic. But then, I looked up and realized that Granite was in the round pen, and Becky was on him! I squealed with excitement and managed to put my boots on (sock-less) while driving down the driveway so that I could sprint out of the car and to watch her ride him!
OK, I was really jealous that it wasn't me up there, but I don't want to ruin anything-- so it is best this way.
Granite is more stiff when being asked to bend under saddle than he is on the ground.
He also had no clue what Becky is asking when she asks him to walk on. Turns out he responds well to the reins on his flank, but not to side pressure. I assume this is because he has had so much practice working on the lunge and being led from the shoulder. Becky said that will be the main focus of tomorrow's lesson. This is why I have her, I don't have the patience or skill to get him to understand how to move from the leg (forward and laterally).
I hope Granite gets better and better. He is still my elephant (we should have named him Horton). Very S-l-o-w and easy going. Nothing seemed to phase him at all today. The horse is really steady. But, I do hope there is some impulsion in there somewhere (hello Granite, you are supposed to be a jumping horse!!! duh!)
In other news, everyone is so in love with Reno! Becky REALLY likes him. I don't think she likes Granite nearly as much--- boo. But I love him <3
Oh, one more thing. We measured the big guy today and he is 16.1.
That is all.