So I officially logged my first ride on Jynx yesterday! I am SO proud of her, she did amazing. We've spent the entire summer doing groundwork, long lining and getting her used to the tack and more recently a lot of simple "backing" to get her used to my weight and movements. She takes it all like a breeze. I got on her yesterday and at first she was really confused why on EARTH my voice was coming from above her, swinging her head back and forth. She wasn't understanding what I was asking so I got Shay-la to stand in the middle of the roundpen to simulate her training experience and bingo, no problems! After doing that yesterday and briefly today, I was able to walk her several times as well as do some turns all by herself without Shay-la in the ring just listening to my voice and legs
Today we had a brief ride, as well as included a few strides of jog mostly because I want her semi-accustomed to the feeling of it (we all know different gaits mean big changes for youngsters) in case she spooks and jogs off, the sudden change doesn't scare her more. That's the only jog I'll be doing with her until next summer though. We're going to spend the majority of the winter doing more groundwork and long lining, getting her really listening to me. I may log a handful more walk rides on her before it snows, but they're being kept extremely brief and basic, only about 10 minutes. She's almost exactly 2.5 years old right now, so there's no rush whatsoever. Next summer I plan on starting longer walk/jog rides on her, and possibly some lope work when she's 3.5 years old (next autumn) depending on how balanced and responsive she is throughout her summer training.
She took it like a champ, I forgot the thrill of the small steps when working with a youngster, it's been so long since I trained one from the ground up! Here are some pics and vids, feel free to comment, enjoy!
Sitting on her yesterday
From today! (Don't you love her spiffy new bridle? )
LOL, don't look dejected or anything poneh!
Looking funny as usual - man, I really hope she grows into that short little body!
TADA! Our first official ride!
And today's vid of our very brief jog - I think she did wonderfully, and naturally Shay-la had to videotape in case I got dumped
AND EVERYONE WHO KNOWS ME WILL BE ALERTING THEMSELVES TO THE FACT THAT I AM VERY RESPONSIBLY WEARING A HELMET! There is an extremely large and pointy rock right smack in the middle of the round pen that I have zero intentions of introducing my skull to!