Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Saskatchewan Canada
Thanks, and I don't do much with her. She is on turnout 24/7 now, not in the barn at all. I usually only lunge her for 5-10 minutes, and I do a lot of other groundwork for short periods of time like:
-flexing the head and neck
-moving forequarters and hindquarters
-being patient and standing still
-staying out of my personal space
A session a day is usually about 15-20 minutes, no longer. Sometimes I will spend hours out there, but just hanging around, sitting in the hay and doing stuff to 'bond' with her.
I only work with her in nicer weather, so if it is too cold, I don't do anything but feed her.
She is not over worked, and probably not worked enough, so that is why I am wanting to boost up her training to get her ready to start.
I do saddle her sometimes, but with a lightweight english saddle, whom I am trying to find a girth for, that fits her. Although I have saddled her with a light western saddle, that she has had no problems with. Since I have gotten her, I have saddled her maybe 4-5 times, and have had cats sit on her back, but that is it. I will be saddling her more often through the winter, to get her ready for it in summer, when a rider will be added.