It was a 'snaffle bit' of a big day for Aspen today..
First we worked in the round yard at lunging around the tarp on one side of the circle, on her worst side of the yard, which she did reasonably well considering she had to learn to ignore another horse in the yard next to her which was having a bit of fun. Then we lunged her over the tarp, just moving the tarp closer and closer to the wall of the round yard until she had to go over it, and in the end she went over it a few times without rushing etc. She was very good, considering the last time she would not step on it at first, to putting one hoof on it, to then walking over it. Ended it there since she did well, something we will work on for another few times until she is 100% confident as if it weren't there at all, then will mix it up a bit to challenge her again once she doesn't mind this.
She also wore her first ever bit today (Second time wearing her bridle) lots of chewing at first, I then turned her out in (the yard the other horse was in when we were in the lunge-yard) whilst Jacinta and Bella were working in the round yard, and after about 20mins Aspen didn't care at all about the bit in her mouth - just went on her merry way walking around and watching Bella (with a bit of a snort and prance here and there).
Practice, practice and you've guessed it - more practice!! Hope Aspen was paying close attention to Bella (my friend/instructor's Freisian WB x Andy mare)today - she's got big shoes to fill!
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