First of all, my abject apologies for disappearing for 2 months! Thanksgiving and Christmas were really hectic (I'm sure I'm not the only one) and we went out of town for awhile to the kids' house to see the grandkids at Christmas. Between early darkness, cold and rain, and an absolutely awful work schedule, I didn't get much riding time in on Blossom. When I did ride, it was in the round pen. And I was absolutely amazed at how tense and frightened I was. She is VERY different than Mr. Big Stuff. She's taller, longer, and her movement is different. It was a real adjustment after only riding Big for years and years.
Yesterday, Blossom and I did about 1.5 hours on the trail. FIRST trail ride for me since the accident and first time on the trail with Blossom! It was 69 degrees when we started and 72 when we ended and after going uphill and down, she never even broke a sweat. She was absolutely PERFECT! I am over the moon and I adore this mare!
She's finally settled in and a lot of her "spookiness" is gone. She was calm as a cucumber on the trail with Jim and DB and never hesitated a bit at water crossings or bridges. She let other horses ride off and stayed calm. Basically, whatever I wanted her to do was fine with her! She is incredibly sensitive to leg pressure: I think I could almost forget a bit and bridle and ride with a halter. Speed up, slow down, gait, halt, turns...I could do it all with seat, leg pressure, and voice commands.
While I wasn't riding, we spent time grooming, loading and unloading from the trailer (she needed to get used to our straightload) and playing "give me your hoof!" LOL She was much better about giving her hoof to Jim than she was to me! She LOVES being groomed and will nuzzle and nudge me if I stop. She also wraps her head and neck around me and "hugs" me. At first I worried about a lack of respect. Mr. Big Stuff would never have offered to do that. I always had to keep him in line or he would have interpreted it as a weakness and dealing with him would have been impossible. I can actually relax and ENJOY this mare!!! She wants attention but she's always mannerly. She's just kind. Kind. Kind.
She's also a treat hound and I'm going to have to be very careful not to spoil her. My daughter bought up a boatload of after Christmas candy canes at rock bottom prices and gave them to me for Blossom. At this rate, I'll be looking for an equine dentist who fills cavities! LOL She also loves alfalfa cubes that I've broken into shreds, carrots, and apples. Looking at this paragraph, what horse WOULDN'T like me??? ROFLMAO
I'm going to get some pictures up ASAP. She's had her teeth floated and she's lost a little weight that she needed to lose. I'm hoping that regular riding will help her topline. As a former brood mare, she's never going to be as straight as I'd like, BUT...riding should help build up some back muscles. Retirement is coming Feb. 15 and then Blossom and I will be on the trail. Any time we want. All my worries about this horse have been put to rest. I'm a VERY happy camper/rider! LOLOL