The whip has been an issue for both Elvis and me. Even though I carry a whip for convention instead of use, Elvis had a fear of the whip. Jan has done a lot of work desensitizing him. My problem has been keeping the whip and the reins in my stiff fingers. We started Elvis back to work carrying a short little hunter/jumper bat, and that went fine. Today we graduated to a dressage whip, and both Elvis and I forgot it was there! He wasn't nervous about it, and I didn't have to concentrate to keep it from falling out of my hand. That's huge!
Here's a look at today's trot work
and the canter work
It makes me feel so good to have my dear friend Jan coaching me and my dear husband David taking photos. Does it get any better? NO!
That's Jan's husband John in the background. He built her arena.
Big Ben is coming along nicely too. He's had some time off after getting his wolf teeth out, but today David got back in the saddle.
Good boy, Ben!