I’ve lost track of the time. We’re around 6 months of breaking the buck out of Calypso. The last post, Part 3, I mentioned the bit being a distraction for Calypso. So we tossed the bit and went for a side-pull. Actually a drop nose band with reins.
At this point the ground training has been solid and clear. There is no need for a bit. Calypso turns as requested and stops verbally so tossing the bit isn’t a problem.
We are continuing her routine everyday. The only difference is my daughter is astride her now. Calypso is performing above and beyond my expectations.
The video below is my daughter warming Calypso up by lounging her at a walk and a jog.
Calypso is no longer focused on a bit. She enjoys a natural mouth and she works fine that way.
The next step….loping. This will be interesting!!
Until tomorrow, Happy Trails!