|Mike and Marley|
Mike came with me this morning and helped me with some ground work training. They are both doing so well, Mike is learning a lot of about horses and how to work with and around Marley, and Marley is starting to be really comfortable around multiple people and situations. He also knows that Mike is a pretty reliable source of carrots, and they've become good friends.
Marley has gotten better but is still a little funny about riding near other horses. Most people at the barn tie their horses up to the outside of the arena to tack them up, and this morning I used it as a training opportunity when someone was doing just that. Eventually Marley was ignoring the other horse, and we moved on.
I also had some trot poles set up in the arena which Marley figured out immediately. He is really smart with his feet, so Mike set up a small cross rail for us and we trotted over that a few times too. To finish up our session I took Marley over to the "bridge" in the arena and for the first time we went over it under saddle, and even trotted over it. He's such a little smarty pants!