Here are some pictures of Takala this past Sunday. She spends most of her time in a paddock with her two buddies, our twenty four year old morgan Gypsy and our newest addition, Franklin the miniature donkey. In the afternoon all the "big horses" get to go out on pasture to run around and get some of the stupid out of them. Takala gets let out with them and she makes it a point to sprint all the way down there and stretch her legs.
She really loves it out there, but the geldings sometimes get into moods where they play a bunch and get a little rough with her... but after being chased off she'll wait a few seconds, then run back over to taunt them.
So I limit her exposure to them to protect her from herself.
Monday I worked with her a little, mostly on tying. I tied her up in the arena for ten or so minutes while I lunged one of the geldings. She was a little antsy, and "aunt" Gypsy must have taught her how to paw because she puts lots of effort in it now. I tied her on several occasions and she hadn't tried to pull back. I also tried our lightest driving harness on her. It is a little big yet, but she did not care at all that it was on her. I didn't bother yet with the crupper as I do not want to solicit a reaction with an ill-fitting harness. She doesn't even mind walking with it on her. I can't wait for a few years to go by and I can start her in harness! It will be so nice having a horse that has been handled through out it's life to train for once. And it will be even better considering it is my lovely Takala Rose.