Just a couple of quick notes from today's lesson....
* ask nicely with leg and seat for the bend and then if no answer, rein. If still no answer then a very firm rein and the SECOND he answers, move him forward and give him some release.
* remember to keep loose legs to allow horse to move freely forward
* be careful not to gather up the reins when you aren't getting the bend. Use your seat and send him forward rather than constricting the movement. I have a tendancy to tighten up the reins when I'm not getting the answer I want.
* when using caveletti, look ahead of them and make sure you have energy coming into them (for Golly it took a little light squeeze as we approached.... I had the thought of lightly squeezing a sponge to release water)