First, I worked with Gracie on our new lunging skills. I took her out on Wednesday and taught her how in about five minutes, had a little more difficulty tracking right [she's a total lefty], but managed a walk and trot both ways. I was very impressed when I started using vocal commands [walk, trot, and woah] and she responded. I thought I would have to teach her those, but apparently not. Maybe she watches Ricci? =P So I went two days without touching her, and pulled her out today. She lunged like she's been doing it for years. Perfect transitions both to the left and the right. She wasn't coming in on me or pulling to get to the end of the rope, just kept to her circle. I was so proud! We've only done it for a total of 15 minutes and I can already keep her going easily enough that I could take pictures!
I got some pictures of her standing and waiting on the lunge line, but I took the pictures with my phone and it says the images are too large to send. How disappointing.
So then I rode Ricci, got a decent picture of her pretty head before our ride, then took pictures of my two girls cuddling. After that I tied Ricci to my truck to let her graze and snapped a million pictures while the two other ponies looked pitifully at the "better" grass on the other side. =]
So here's Ricci's pretty head.
Some cuddles. =]
Gracie being naughty and trying to chew on Ricci's halter.
Ricci: The never-ending yawner, lol. She thinks she worked hard. =]
More pictures in the next post. =]