Both Zing and Ari fight the canter cue. Last week Bill had Kristina get Zing to trot really big, which he can do and then some, and when he was motoring along ask him with the very slightest cue to canter. He went right into it, both sides. Bill told Kristina it isn't the canter he fights, but the cue, so get his trot big and then you don't need to cue much. The same thing was done with Ari today and it worked. Ari will rush into the canter and Bill doesn't want to see that. This really makes training so much easier.
Ari loaded today without any trouble. I had to show him the whip, but he got right in when I did. What a relief not to have loading stress!
It will be 20 days until the next lesson. Bill's schedule and ours often don't mesh, but this will give Kristina some time to work on what he showed her last week. We don't use the indoor arena except in winter, so I haven't prepared the footing for use yet. Winter came fast! The bad weather this past week kept Kristina from riding, because I haven't put myself in gear, so I need to get active. This week it will warm up and I can get the calcium chloride down and watered. I don't want either of us to die from arena lung.