I let this die :/
ahaha but to bring it back to life I have an update from a couple weeks ago, she's learning about rugs and saddles at present. Tomorrow night she can have the canvas back on I think.
She's still awfully head shy but not as bad as she has been, and she's ACTUALLY COMING UP TO ME to be caught... not standing there hoping that if she ignores me I'll leave her alone, she's coming to me to be haltered.
She's been saddled 3 times thus far, washed several times due to rain scald, and is slowly learning that it doesn't matter if she misbehaves, she won't be beaten up.
I need to get her teeth done, and she's probably about due for a good oil drench and worming, but she'll need to be heavily sedated for all that so it's a job for the vet... and I want to give her another week before I do anything just in case. Some of you know about her going over the round pen fence? I'm being paranoid and taking precautions just in case she fractured something in her neck, but even if she had, in another week from now she'd be healed.
Big girl let me braid her mane and then a few days later I took it out and trimmed it because it was annoying me that it was all short in the top 1/3 of her neck and then really long in the bottom 1/3.
Her head's a funny size at the moment, her rope halter is cob size but her web halter is a full and both fit beautifully. I have another full size web halter that's miles too big! Her bridle is cob sized, but the browband is too tight, so I've ordered a full size which is getting posted on Monday. I'm going to mouth her/teach her to bridle myself, but I have no interest in being the first person on her back... my god can she REAR. So in all likelihood, she'll end up being broke sometime next year... or perhaps after that, depends on funds because I'll have to pay a professional and they don't come cheap.
Bridling is... interesting at the moment. She's ok until it gets near her ears and then she gets very worried. I get around that by putting it on without the bit attached, and then attaching the bit once it's all done up, but no matter what I do she's always stressy about it, so I'm considering forgetting all that stuffing around and just bridling her in the round pen (now repaired) until she gets over the fear. I haven't started mouthing her yet because I want her consistent in the tack before she starts learning about its functions.
Will see if I can get a photo of her in her bridle soon. For now, I will satisfy you all with a few of her saddled :) [edit; yes, saddle is WAY too long for her, I fully intend to buy one specifically for her when she eventually gets weight put on her back and it will be a lot less bulky; and YES it IS in the right spot, she has quite laid-back shoulders]
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 09-15-2012 at 03:44 PM.