second saddling today! Loki is a pro at it now, lol. It seriously feels like she's been saddled time and time again with how laid back and easy she is about it. I did find out this weekend that her previous owner had set a saddle on her back once, but never did girth it up. Yet I don't think that one time wouldn't account for how good Loki has been about her tack so far.
After I got her saddled up I spent lots of time whacking my hands all over the saddle, flapping the flaps on her sides (sometimes rather violently!) and grabbing the saddle and tugged on it, shifted it, and generally just made as much fuss as I could with it. I think Loki moved one foot, once. Lol.
We worked more on picking up feet today. She was great with the fronts and we got those cleaned out easily. The back feet are proving to be one of those things where she's great one day and not so great the next about them. What I did today was stand her in one of the tie/tacking stalls that line one fence in the yard at my barn, so she couldn't move forward when I went to go lift back feet. That's been a bit of a habit of hers, move forward and sideways some when I go to work with those back feet. Today we started with a rope looped around her pastern and when she was being consistent with picking her foot off the ground with the rope we moved to picking it up normally. She caught on pretty quick that the human wasn't going to give up just because she kept being obstinate, hahaha.
After working with feet some more I took off her saddle and we went for a walk in the runway between the pastures. This was a new place for her, even though it is just on the other side of the fence from her pen. We worked on 'ground control' - backing, sidepassing, yielding haunches and shoulders, etc. and Loki was very good about her feet being picked up in a new area too.
When we got back I brought Loki into the round pen (finally the small lake is gone from in there!) and we started our round penning. She caught on super quick. Mind you, i've done a good amount of round penning and i'm very confident in my body language to get them moving out, stopping, etc, so I knew I wouldn't have any issue there. She trotted when told, reversed direction when told, and slowed from a trot to a walk when told. Good girl Loki!
Tomorrow is 'figure out the big bad winter blanket won't hurt me' day - i've found out from her prior owner that Loki was very apprehensive about another horse she was pastured with before, that was wearing a blanket. I have a hunch i'll be able to fully blanket her with no trouble at all.