She is slowly getting bigger, but not much changing in the way of her udders. Today I noticed they didn't seem as squishy, but they don't seem to substantially more full. Whenever I pick up her tail she doesn't even attempt to clamp it down, which might be a sign? I guess I won't really know until there is a foal on the ground. Just one of them deals. ;3
But I rode Tenakee a wee bit today and she did pretty good. I was bareback and just let her graze. I rode her with a halter and lead rope which she probably hasn't been ridden much with.
I thought I was going to ride her with a saddle the other day, and apparently I thought wrong! My father and I were going to plop around on the Curlies in the outdoor arena so we had them both at the hitching post. Young little Scarlet was a perfect angel, standing there like a pro. Tenakee was a little fussy when I put the saddle pad on, but I didn't think much of it. When I swung the saddle on her she nearly ran me over! So that day we just worked on staying out of my space and standing still. I am going to keep working on her manners seeing as the foal is probably going to wait a while, but we aren't going to ask too much of her in the moving her feet department.
She was probably just used to people barreling out of her way when she wanted to wiggle around. But a few good ticks with the leather on the end of the lead rope let her know I was serious and she backed off. I remember when we got Scarlet the owner's son was talking about being trampled by one of the horses. Too bad I forgot which one, but I think I've figured it out. Sort of an important thing to tell someone when their buying a horse.
But anywho, we are progressing with both the pregnancy and training. She sort of likes to mosey around and put her feet wherever. Before we get her out on the trail I am going to be working with a lot of obstacles that she really has to watch where she's going. Anyone know what I should do with the foal during my training sessions? Is that a good time for the foal to learn how to stand tied? I wouldn't want to ask too much of the little foal's joints or for it to get bumped into or ran over by miss mammoth. I'm going to go out and take some pictures today so I'll get them on here for all of you to see. Our little mishap with the saddle let me get a good and well needed mane grooming session. I also plan on starting to give her daily grain in the trailer. Two birds with one stone.
I am quite excited because aside from her massive tummy there wasn't many signs of life in there.
Yesterday I took Tenakee for a walk on our trail; just simple in hand walking. She really enjoyed it and was such a sweetie. Aside from occasionally coming close to crushing my toes and taking off my shoes she was well behaved. We went over to the neighbors which also run a boarding facility and have many of their own horses. They really liked her and she just stood right by me when we sat at a picnic table and kept her cool while dogs wheeled around and around 20 strange horses attempted to flirt with her. When we walked home we took a stop at the pond and she enjoyed splashing around and soaking me in the process. She even stuck her head underwater and blew bubbles. We could actually see the baby squirming around whenever we stopped.