Well, little ol Silent has been everything to include "impressive"! When I bought her, I absolutely liked her lope in pasture.. I knew this was going to be a wonderful western pleasure mare! The previous owner had some unkind things to say about her, mostly that she was not emotionally attached and ver evasive. I brought her home, gave her some time to adjust to the herd, and let her learn about how things work by observation.
She came around and actually started seeking attention, even after feedings. Well, as much of an adorable PIA she became, I knew it was time to begin training and get her under saddle before fall. This mare was barely halter broke and that was about it. After spending a week just messing with her and seeing what she was capable of on the ground, she took it with enthusiasm! Now her name suited her well.. Silent.. I wondered why, now I know. I threw a variety of things at her, and she was looking for more!
Day 5 came along and I could tell that there was so much to her that I needed to unlock! I brought out the dreaded saddle pad, saddle and headstall. She checked it over and didnt bat a eye! So I started sacking her out, and never a flinch! I went ahead and put the bit and headstall on. She took it but wasnt sure why it was in her mouth! So I worked with her being comfortable with it and giving to pressure and flexion the rest of the day!
Day 6, The headstall went back on, and again.. she was silent! I sacked her out with the pad and not a wince! So, on went the saddle pad followed by the saddle! she looked with curiousity and continued to stand! The scariest of them all.. I cinched her up! Never even sucked up! Walked her around for a short, and complete comfort and ease!
Well, to sum it up.. I was totally impressed with her, and continued to move forward.. I dropped a foot in the stirrup with no reaction, followed by bouncing the saddle with my weight and still nothing! I would never suggest this to another, but in reading her, it went so well and was not stressing, I got on and bounced around a little. The only issue that happened was that new horse balancing game! The one where the legs on the opposite side come up off the ground when you climb up.. trying to figure out why one side of her body was heavier then the other! LOL!
We circled a few times, moved off, backed up and disengaged the hips!
Now on ride 6, we have been loping in the pasture and working with shoulder movement! I can honestly say I have never had one be so eager to please and give me so little (in her case none) problems! I want to see about getting some pics taken of her trot and lope under saddle.. She is sooooo smooth and collected, I know it has to look just as good!