Mojo Ridden

A couple of snippets from our 2nd lesson with Sally Ede. Mojo was calm and relaxed and focused. I used my body and a slight open rein to turn. We used scratches as reinforcement and he was forward going so only a slight touch with the leg to indicate ‘yes” that is what I want.

I now want to add verbal cues to the rein cues but that will come after I get more confident riding. At the moment Mojo doesn’t seem bothered by my riding and as long as he is under his emotional threshold all is well.

I did feel a little guilty as I wanted to use more positive reinforcement in our ridden sessions but I also need to know he can be ridden  by anyone, as he will most probably out live me.

2 Replies to “Mojo Ridden”

  1. Wow, this looks great, Gill. Very exciting to be having lessons! So true what Sally says about being more directive. My little coloured cob was a bundle of nerves without leadership when I first got her. (She will revert somewhat after a period of time off too). I discovered this out walking/hacking alone as I don’t have a school. For the first 45 mins, she would be very spooky and I started out by being very careful not to push through her thresholds but, in the process, I later realised, that I was giving up leadership, which she needs to feel secure. Somehow, I just got the feeling that I wasn’t making any progress by taking her home or even turning for home when she was still scared. So I kept going (leading her at this point!) and, after about an hour, she suddenly relaxes. It’s been so interesting. I know you are not a PNH fan but I don’t know any other way to describe her personality other than RBI. Jack is LBI and I have always been different with him – well you couldn’t push him through thresholds even if you wanted to! Well, Poppy is turning out to be an absolute star and I go for long hacks (combinations of walking and riding) for miles by myself now. So, have fun, Gill, and don’t feel guilty – you are right about preparing your horse for other people to ride in addition to your own positive training. It’s the kindest thing for him as we never know what’s round the corner for us.

    1. Thanks Lucy, I know what you mean. I have done so much work with desensitising and counter conditioning him to tack and being mounted etc. I didn’t want to break that and poison cues. He likes scratches so they do the job when riding. There is no way I can force him to do anything, he just looks at me and says ‘no’. Ridden he wanted to follow Sally so I had to use a lot of focus to get him to move away, but he was so calm and relaxed about is all. We don’t need to get hung up on quadrants but do need to keep them under threshold.

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