So today is I believe the 10th day I've had Nova and its been the best 10 days I've had horse related since I had Chance! Honestly, I have no regrets selling Chance. Im finally able to ride and not be afraid.
Even with all the training she needs, she's so smart she picks it right up and never really argues. She's already bending pretty well both ways, and more in front of my leg then behind like she use to be. She is starting to get her leads on both side, one side she cross fires sometimes but she tries so hard!
Today was the best ride I've had on her out of all the rest! I rode her in teh ring for about an hour. She did great with her bending and transitions were great. Worked on figure 8's big and small at all 3 gaits and she even set her head some at the canter!
Afterwards I decided to take her out alone on a real trail, and NOTHING really scares her... I trotted her down the drive way to get to the trail cantered down the open straight away and brought her back down to a walk when we got closer to the wooded areas.. she saw one scary part where I did have to lead her across because she would try and move forward but then she's like ahhh no I can't im sorry... so I just led her across and mounted back up and went on our way! She even crossed bridges and jumped some of the XC jumps out there! She needs to pick up her feet when it comes to tree roots though.. haha but I never felt in danger at all.
Then once we go to the big feild I decided to turn her around and head for home, trotting back and forth over a few of the jumps on our way back.. and cantered along the pastures when we got out of the woods. Walking back down the drive way to the barn...she DIDNT want to go back home! I even tested this.. I turned her back to teh trails and she would trot her way down the drive way and I turned her around and trotted back to teh barn ... and she would stop dead 1/2 way through! I found this absolutly amazing honestly! She wanted to go back to teh trails rather then head back home! Im so use to horses trying to gallop home.. but she would slow down to a very little walk or just stop dead from a trot lol!!!
I dismounted when cars were coming up behind us and lead her into the barn. If the cars weren't there I would have stayed mounted and insisted she walk to the barn but I couldnt with the cars coming into the parking lot.
But it was great I absolutly love this horse!
She did ring work for an hour
And Trail work for about 35 mins... and she still wanted to go back!