Days three and four are all about repetition, refinement and PLAY!
Monty was asked to do a little more than stand like a statue (his favorite). We worked on just moving around a bit at the walk and trot, negotiate around the other riders in the arena and some obstacles. He did great. But he is really all about "All whoa and no go!" LOL There has to be draft horse in there somewhere! With a little, ahem, encouragement, from behind, we were able to break into a nice two stride lope until he, um uh, trotted again. He's a trotter, for sure!!! I have yet to see him lope of his own accord. Even loose in the arena! Too funny!
The best part was going on a mini trail excursion outside during ride number two. The clinic had to exit the indoor early on Day 3, so we headed outside for a stroll around the grounds. That was cool!
A few more things Monty was exposed to was being bridled, tied, wormed and clipped. He's also looking more like a show horse, as I clipped his muzzle, bridle path and ears. I told you it was horsie boot camp!
By the end of day four, we were negotiating a gate, opening and closing it with just a small bit of a struggle. I'm so proud of the big guy. He really tries hard. I think we have cemented a trust that will help us in the future.