I'm sure a lot of you have read my "Heard back from my instructor" thread, so you likely know that Indie was coming home today.
The seller could only bring her at 1:30, and my mom wouldn't let me miss school (as I had English 112 and Chemistry 112).. so my dad and instructor were at the barn to welcome her home. My instructor said she was pretty relaxed and didn't even glance twice at the alpacas.. except she thinks she may have a bit of a cold, so she's staying in the stall for a couple days until my instructor is certain that she's okay. I'd prefer her to just be out to pasture by herself.. because it seems that her legs get "stocked up" when she's cooped up too long. Her legs were kind of puffy before I rode, but they looked pretty good when I was done, thankfully.
We were at the barn for four and a half hours, because I had to give her a quick trim and trim her whiskers as well as groom her.. then I needed to put on some polo wraps, figure out which saddle fit.. etc. She was so
patient with all of it, even though I was getting a bit anxious/frustrated.
The ride went pretty well though, I walked her around the ring by hand for about five or so laps just until she relaxed a bit.. then I hopped on. She ended up walking away as I got on, which I expected, but I ended up having to adjust my stirrups anyways so I took the opportunity to get off again and try getting on. She stood still! So she got a big rub and some verbal praise. She was pretty out of rhythm at first, but she got much better at the end. I don't think she's ever been over a pole before.. she was a bit hesitant at first and did more of a hop when we trotted over it, by the third time, she was just trotting right over it. :) Even though we can't jump, I think we'll do lots of pole work to get her striding a bit better.
All in all, she's a project horse for sure.. but once she gets some weight on, plus some muscle, she's be gorgeous! (even though she already is) My instructor said she liked how dainty her face was, as it's pretty feminine. She wasn't a fan of her legs, but she didn't see them after I rode. I also need to work on wrapping the polos.. but I can get lots of practice. :) As for feed, we have her on a mix of her new and old food, rice bran oil (1/4 cup) and then the Recovery EQ. She's just super sweet and patient, although there were times when she got pushy.
I only have one picture on right now, but my mom has more she's uploading so I'll update the thread after.