I'm in LOVE!
I've been dying to share these pictures with you guys, but I've been out of town for a few days, had my therapy - 4 days in a cabin in the mountains.
I left Monday, we picked Stormy up on Saturday. On Sunday, Stormy was a bundle of energy just about to explode. She was still slightly jumpy and freaked out over being in a new place, and I was hesitant to do much with her. It was like she was a gun about to fire, and I knew she needed to do something. I decided to get the lunge line and see what she could do. She acted like an old pro - aside from the fact that she wanted to flat out RUN. I don't know how she was running so fast in a circle, but there was no slowing her down. I finally gave up and just let her run it out, while wondering what I had gotten myself into. She ran for a good 10 minutes, a full gallop. Then slowed down some, then some more, until she was CANTERING (yes, I said cantering) and finally was a calm happy horse trotting around in a slow relaxed circle. She just had to get it out!
It was going so well, I fitted her with a saddle. She did great. I hopped on, we did walk and trot without any problems at all. We met mailboxes. Still those pesky dogs are scary. And the tall field grass is very suspicious. But all in all we did wonderful. I felt confident allowing our friend to hop on, who is not experienced with riding horses! None of the horses I currently have are A) Big enough to hold him and/or B ) Tolerant of inexperienced riders. As you can see, she was fine! Disclaimer - not matter how good she was, I wouldn't have put him on her had she not been as tired out as she was.
I rode her today (as soon as I was back in town) without lunging her, we did walk trot and she was a little pent up, but behaved wonderfully! I feel great about this, I have heard so many OTTB horror stories and have even worked with a few that were nightmares - this is heading more towards a romance, thankfully!