03-07-2008, 08:09 PM
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Ahearn, that was so touching, thank you! You almost brought tears to my eyes!
FGR - I went out again this morning and rode her, she was great once again! I didn't lunge her or anything, just tacked her up and jumped on… she was a little impatient for me to get on, and kept walking forwards, but after a few firm “no”s, she got the idea and stood for me to get on. I actually rode her in the large pasture today, instead of sticking to a small pen (which I did just because I had NO idea how she would react yesterday!) Anyways, she accepted the new English stuff with absolutely no fuss. She definitely needs to be started from ground-up as far as riding goes… she turns and stops, but those are iffy at best. No idea what leg pressure means other than “go” and has no idea what rein contact is all about. But she is a sweetheart, and is very very very willing to please. I rode her around the field a few times at a walk, then asked for a trot, and kept her going for a few turns around each direction, again, she did great. No fussing at all, other than the occasional ear-pin which seemed to mean “mom, I’ve been a pasture ornament for 8 years, stop pressing my sides, I’ll go when I want to.” (JDI: um no.. you'll go now. As in now, when I ask you, not when you feel like it, silly mare.)
I just had a short 15-minute ride, which is about all I’m going to do until her feet are done. Plus in her overweight condition, she’s going to need time to be able to keep going without passing out on me – hah. Spent about 70% of the ride walking, circling, etc, and 30% trotting. She does have a nice gait and isn’t off, which is surprising because of her feet… but hey.
I’m excited to see what her canter feels like!
It’s so nice to have my own horse again… I can’t believe how much I’ve missed it…