So, Fosse and I played on the ground a bit and then I rode him in the bareback pad and rope halter, one-rein, and we worked on not only PPL at the walk, but steering and point-to-point via my looking and thinking about where we needed to go, and he did it, with ease. We also rode through several obstacles initiated by each of us. Fosse is definately going to be a great time. I did try for a trot but he was not clear on my request--a bit premature on my part. Once we were done, I took him out of the arena and fed him. Whiskey was watching from the woods but not buying in---yet.
I returned to the arena and there was Whiskey, hanging out at the gate. I suspect he wanted dinner but, the bareback pad was hanging on the gate and I decided to saddle him. I haltered him first and then saddled him with the pad. He did not fuss at all and seemed ready and willing to play, if only for a bit.
We played on-line at firist. I would ask for a walk with one smooch and a trot over the obstacles and down the arena by asking for a trot with two smooches. He immediately changed gait as requested. it was totally cool. Rather than play on the ground on line much longer, I let him go loose in the arena still tacked up. He followed me. I then asked for a circle. He willing circled me --this is a first at liberty for us. What made this experience even more fun was, I was able to ask for a walk by on smooch and for a trot smooching twice doing this too. I also was able to do this with him close by me and far away. Whiskey and I were really partners and he looked great--this was so fun.
Finally, I rode him. We did walk-trot PPL using the one and two smooch technique. He and I did fantasitc! One time he even rung his head around in a playful motion, he was having fun! He is willing to trot out quite a bit more now and understanding the tasks. He even made some talking noises at me, happy horse talk--how interesting as he is usually silent. Whiskey's personality is really blosseming. By the way, he is looking better than ever too!
BTW--Mini-Me is doing much better. He has been sick if you recall but seems to be improving. He is in our version of a stall situation (horse trailer with three dog kennel panels out the back. He is happy. taking his meds, and looking better.