I have some great news to share from last evening. I got a few chores done early and finished doctoring Trusty's leg so I loaded up several saddles in the truck and headed around to the pasture. Called Sugar, my 4 year old line back Dun and gotthe halter on her. Spend a couple minutes letting her smell all of the saddles in the bed of the truck then grabbed the pad and rubbed her with it..Let me say here that she is the most curious of all the horses as in not afraid of anything. She thought it was a tug of war tool and kept wanting to play. I finally got it on her back and walked a circle with it without a flinch. Ok, grab the light saddle and rub her with it and her response is to eat the small amounts of hay in the bed from pulling the wrap off the round bale. Set it on her back and she acts like nothing is there, so I pull the cinch up, still nothing from her. Walked her around the pasture then got her up to a trot so the stirrups would bounce to see how she would react. Sugar saddle test.jpg
I got more response out of Boo than her from this action as he was running along side her trying to eat the horse killing saddle off her back.LMBO Got her back to the back of the truck and finished tightening the cinch with no response out of her, so it was time to put weight on the stirrups. After pushing down on each stirrup with my hands and her just looking at me like "wat'r you doin?" got my big ole butt up on the tailgate and sat down cross seat on the saddle. Sugar first on back.jpg
Finally swung leg over and set feet in stirrups to walk her around the big tree just out of the picture before tacking down. Groomed her some more before taking the halter off and she just stood there with me at the truck as if she wanted more. I was so happy it was surreal.
I also tacked up Doc and rode him around the pastures. He was a little more figgity at first, but quickly settled down for a very nice 20 minute ride. Doc ready to ride.jpg
I was so full of joy from both of them doing so well that I looked over at Boo, who hasn't been ridden since before his accident with falling in the tank. Caught him and got him all tacked up with very little flinch before leading him around the pasture a couple of times. He did awesome as well, but it was getting dark and I didn't want to try riding him around the pastures in the dark. My evening was so enjoyable I didn't want it to end. I think I finally left the pasture, just watching them graze, about 9.
Sorry it was so long, but I type as I think it in my head. Lol I'm sure it could have been condensed.