Green beans are also challenging because they don't know very much. When you ask for a canter, they trot faster, when you ask for soft and round, they barrel through your aids. When you cue for a haunches in, they grunt or squeal and toss their head in confusion.
When you know you have a green bean waiting for you at the barn, your normal lead foot gets suddenly lighter and you take a lot more time to get to the barn - if you arrive at all.
When I rode Izzy this weekend, I realized that my green bean has started to show some predictability - in a good way. For the first couple of minutes, he's pretty mellow as we do some walking work. He knows the real work is coming though, so once those minutes have passed, he stars to get anxious.
I am finding that if I ask him to wait a bit longer, I can start to control the tension. He's just now starting to understand that I am in control of our rhythm. When he settles back down into a walk rhythm that I am "okay" with. We move on to some trot work.
The first 10 or 15 minutes of trot work are either easy as pie, or he spends the whole time flipping me the bird in an effort to convince me that he can't do the work. He whirls left or right, usually right, squeals, whines, sucks waaaaay back, rams his nose straight in the air to bolt, or exits stage left with the right rein firmly in his grasp.
If I can make it though all of that, his brain suddenly switches on, and he starts flicking his ears in my direction. Once the I can't do it stuff is over, he really starts to try. His leg yield is actually developing pretty nicely, and it's much easier to get than on Speedy. He can also now do a bit of shoulder in and haunches in. He can spiral down the arena, do 10-meter half circles, and his changes of bend are pretty decent.
Every day, I look forward to reducing the I can't minutes and increasing the hey! this is fun time. I just have to remind myself that it doesn't all have to happen this week.