Alrighty. Well, I worked with Fancy for a little bit after I got back from my show with Lucky.(:
She did pretty well, and I'm really excited. I've found out that she has a slight bucking issue, which I'm slightly reluctant to take on. But, I'll deal. BO and her friend (who's riden Fancy) let me know that she has some nice bucks that are normally atleast 3 foot off the ground. I guess it'll definitely keep me from leaning forward much when I ask her to go, lol. I got a little one out of her while I was working with her in the arena yesterday (but we did have daylight
). She's rather..stubborn with forward movement, but it's really nice when you get her going.
I'm going to ask to change her bit out, since she's in some type of tear-drop straight curb. She stops with just my seat and picking up the reins a bit, so I doubt stopping will be any issue, but I only had her walk/trot so I'll find out about canter later.
Any tips to get her to want to walk on..? She got really bored after two circles either way, so I'll have to find different exercises to keep her focused and not as bored. She has really nice 180 spins that she sits her butt down for, so I can see her being an amazing barrel horse as long as she likes it.
I'm so excited my BO asked me to work with her though. It proves that she obviously views me as a better rider/handler than she acted like I was at the beginning of the year. She even told me that I'm training her, not just working with her. One of my friends told me about how I should be getting paid for it, but I'm willing to do it just for the experience before I get my own green one. The one I'm buying next year (have it set up with a friend of ours from shows) is farther along than this one, so I should be set, haha. I'll be counting my hours of training Fancy as my community service (along with cleaning stalls on weekends) for my senior project. So, I get to do what I love.(:
So..I am looking for a few tips on:
-fun things to do with her, that will keep her interested (she's only 5 and still has a bit of a baby mind)
-what to do with bucks (I have things I do, but I'd like to know of more techniques)
-how to work with tying when I don't have anything like a sturdy tree to use..I only have the ties that are screwed into the beams for the barn arena, and she already almost ripped the sturdiest one right out. I refuse to constantly stand there and fuss over her to keep her calm.
-what bit would you suggest? I have access to straight curb, jr cowhorse (twisted, but I believe there's a smooth one as well), wonderbit (one with a smooth broken mouthpiece and one with a dog bone type mouthpiece with a large copper roller), and I have a few hacks that I can use. I only know how to use one of the hacks though, and it's a combo. I need to be able to direct rein with her though, and I believe the jr cowhorse is the only one I can (correctly) do that with..
-whatever else you wanna offer some tips/techniques up on? Lol
I have a few pictures of me standing with her undersaddle, and I'll upload them later when I get home and can transfer them onto my computer.(: