I believe in compromise. I like to think I'm an equitable trainer. That's why yesterday Steve, Ellin, a Newfie puppy and I walked the 1.6 mile round trip to the end of the road and back. Ellin LOVED it! She carried the Aussie saddle, bridle, and martingale. Next time she will carry reins and stirrups...and 50lb. Mr. Bluejeans!! We'll continue going up and down the road, first at a walk, then trotting uphill, until she carries 100lb. Mr. Bluejeans and returns without breaking a sweat.
Hope's eye looks better. She goes back tomorrow for a recheck.