What’s New with Roll? Ground Driving

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For the first time, Roll was ground driven straight out of the Tack Barn with no warm up.

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On the way to the hayfield, we stopped to see the old broodmares and give them a treat!

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Although we lacked impulsion getting there, Roll picked up the pace in the hayfield.

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Roll walked immediately into a square halt, keeping his hind quarters well underneath.

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Roll stayed well-connected to my hands through all moves for the very first time in four years!

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Roll’s reinbacks were flawless…light on the lines and straight.

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Roll now knows that the whip is a tool used for communication and not for punishment.

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Roll understands that I do not want him to eat the grass until he is signaled and free to do so.

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Roll receives his reward of crimped oats for paying attention and NOT eating the grass!

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Roll finally received permission to eat the grass while I straighten the lines to continue forward.

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Upon the command to “Walk on,” Roll promptly raises his head and acknowledges my request.

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Roll and I stopped to check out the bronze statue of Lucky Three Eclipse.

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We stopped to see the Mule Fountain in all of its splendor!

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Then we said “Hello” to Lucky Three Mae Bea C.T.’s bronze driving statue.

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Roll thought she was beautiful and did a little flirting!

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Great lesson! Fun morning for both of us! Now back to the barn…the snowstorm is rolling in!

 

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