I'm creating this thread to track the progress of Diva and Atlas as I work toward starting them under saddle :)
Some (brief) History:
Diva and Atlas were given to my sister and I as part of a horse trade in late summer of 2010. They were supposedly around 2 years old.
They both came straight off the range and had never been touched or been around people. So far as I know, their sire was a purebred Paint (never woulda guessed eh? Lol). We got a halter on them once or twice by using a squeeze but then I had to go back to college and my sister sort of began to grow away from the horse thing and so they were both put out with our working string and weren't touched for the winter. The following spring Diva surprised us with a foal (Aero), and due to work/life obligations neither horse got much work again. I was away most of the time, and my sister felt that the horses were too much for her to handle what with the fact that they were completely un-used to humans and were approaching full grown (I don't blame her!).
Fast forward to this winter - I was away for yet another summer, and am finally just now back home again. So here I am with two four year olds who are still just halter broke (that is, if you can catch them... they'll come up and very quickly sneak oats out of a bucket in your hand, but the most you can do is very quickly touch them on the nose). My plans have me potentially leaving again this summer and I absolutely cannot let these two sit another year. I'm embarrassed enough as it is!
I work a job currently where I'm home for 2 weeks at a time and then gone for 2 weeks. Last time I was home I brought them both in (a pretty major ordeal when dealing with 25 gassed up horses in the midst of their winter vacation! Takes some skillful sorting) and worked with them for a couple days. Using the squeeze, I spent a lot of time just petting and scratching before getting them both haltered. Spent time leading and tying them - they both lead alright and get better each time. Diva learned quickly that it's useless to pull back and I have actually walked up and caught her in the roundpen (had to leave a halter on to do that though and it took a while for sure), but Atlas has a lot more attitude. Then it it got down to -40 for a week so I turned them back out lol.
Here are some pictures for introduction. Meet the (crazy) pinto pair!
Atlas is the sorrel and white, Diva is the bay and white, and Aero is the bay foal. The bay mare with the blaze is my River :)