Sylvana, an awesome natural horse trainer (and mentor), met me at the barn after work to help me with Kasane. Sylvana and Chris, the barn owner, have given me tips and suggestions for working with young horses using natural horsemanship methods. I’ve always done traditional training methods and always enjoy learning new techniques and methods.
Sylvana watched me work Kasane. The Bay Wonder Mare Junior was frisky at first: she bucked at me a few times when I asked her for a canter with the saddle on. I had to get after her so she realized it was easier to do what I asked then bucking towards me.
Sylvana showed me some new ground work to try with Kasane, including encouraging her to give to pressure on her nose so she would arch her neck when asked to back (instead of bracing against the pressure). Kasane picked it up immediately. When she backs and she is doing it properly, her entire frame rounds and looks like her back lifts and she glides back (instead of looking stiff). Such a smart girl.