Here's a couple more great posts for your February reading and thinking pleasure.
First, here's a follow-on post to the ones I linked to earlier this week (see this post of mine for those links), again from Linda at Beautiful Mustang. Really good stuff. I'm planning on putting together a sidebar with some of these posts so I can easily refer back to them.
And here's a post from Amanda at S.M.A.A.R.T. Horses that's about some issues that can arise in clicker training, and how to deal with them - but even if you don't do or have never done clicker, there are some pretty powerful ideas about working with horses in there that aren't specific to clicker.
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Pie and I got in a quick ride yesterday - the wind was fierce but temperatures were above freezing so we just did it. There wasn't too much we could do - the footing is terrible in most places and the trails are unusable - but we did spend about 15 minutes walking around on the field behind the barn and doing some figure work, including some turns on the haunches. That boy sure has his neck reining down - all I have to do is touch his neck with the rein and turn my eyes to the side and he's right on it. So far he's soft, soft, soft at the slightest touch - he came that way from the great start he'd had with his old man. Can't say I've had this experience before - every horse I've every had has come to me with a lot of braces built in.
I'm hoping for another (sort of) ride today.