Well, this was a big weekend for Elsa. She got a bath, started learning to trot in hand and wore a fly mask for the first time. Don't worry... I didn't do this all in one day
. She bathed like a pro. She was a little skittish when we first started, but then settled in like she had been doing this forever, even over the more ticklish spots like her inner hind legs and around her tail.
The fly mask she was less than fond of and threw a big fuss for the first few minutes she had it on. The flies this year are SO bad. I tried finding her a fly sheet as well, but all of the stores in my area are sold out in foal size, so I settled for at least a fly mask.
It took a few tries, and she was a little apprehensive and broke into a canter more than once, but by the end of our short session, she had the trot down pretty well. I'm taking her to a show in a few weeks and she's been entered in the foal class. It's nothing huge, just a local B-circuit show, but I want her to have some experience. I'm tagging along with a friend who is showing her yearling at halter, so it will be a nice short day for Elsa's first outing. The foal class is 4th in the day and the yearling class is directly afterwards. My friend is not showing in any other classes that day, so we'll probably be home by lunch. Here are a few photos of this weekend. I haven't measured her, but I think she's sprouted upwards again.
Really was not terribly fond of mom's ill-fitting fly sheet. I know it doesn't fit her well, but she is a very difficult horse to fit in jackets. She has a short Arab back, long slender Arab neck and wide stock-breed chest and full hindquarters. She's also not tall. Next size up was a parachute and hung really low, next size down was too narrow in the chest. 2014-08-01 20.35.33-1.jpg
Thought chasing mom in it was more fun. 2014-08-01 20.35.41-1.jpg
Giving me the stink eye. 2014-08-02 14.41.15-1.jpg
Which didn't work, now it's time to look pathetic. 2014-08-02 14.46.06-2.jpg
And somehow managed to get dirty immediately after her bath. 2014-08-02 15.14.34-1.jpg
Everyone in their fly protection. 2014-08-03 14.15.56-1.jpg