I then began my lesson with Kaila, focusing on improving our weave, especially helping him not to rush ahead of me when trotting the pattern.
To help with the rushing at the end of the pattern:
I can start and end the pattern with walking and then speeding up in the middle.
I also need to help Kai move healthier and to bend around the cones.
When he is not putting an effort I can ask him to circle around the cone until he is bending again.
I can start the pattern like a figure eight to help with the timing.
If he happens to speed up so much that we lost the rhythm I can turn it into a figure eight.
To Help Kai understand to mind the cones I should playfully tag him every time he knocks one down.
Kaila explained that she almost never does touch it with her horses because it is not a good habit for the horse to get into. The horses will begin to want to stop and touch things at shows or other places that it is not allowed. Not doing touch it helps her to set her horses up for success. What an interesting idea!