Today was intense. I drove Chance to her new home, and it was the hardest thing to do honestly. When they walked her to the barn and I walked away... she just called and my heart DROPPED! She was beyond perfect today too, she got straight on the trailer, and got right off and did everything they asked of her. I was so proud of my girl. But she has acres of pasture to run and will be happy I think.
Nova is ... just WOW! An AMAZING horse!!! She got on that trailer, and got off and NOTHING ... and I mean NOTHING phases this mare... well.. sheep are a little scary. I took her off teh trail and she snorted a bit and just stood next to me like.. oh hey? We walked around and even did some free lunging. Im NOT use to having such a calm horse LOL! Im use to chance where it was like flying a kite. LOL.
Then it came to grooming: She was perfect! Stood there and everything. But you can tell she's never been taken care of right. SHe had a knot in her tail the size of texas... realistically.. put your fists together... that's how big it was... took me and 2 others to take that out, and CRAP load of detangular! I washed it and put M.T.G in it, then wrapped it. She LOVED this attention.. she's such a cuddle bug anyways, and the people she was with never paid much attention to her. Oh and to proove how.. level headed this mare is..I had her on cross ties.. and the wind was blowing realllly hard, and the trash can fell over and flew across the barn... and the cover even came off.. making huge noises.. and she never even really moved.. she just looked at it like.. hmm whats that? I was so confident in how calm she was [this was a good 3-4 hours she's been at the barn] a little 5-6 year old I was helping baby sit asked if she could groom Nova, and I said of course! So this little girl brought a red step ladder over to Nova and just groomed that horse till her heart desired and Nova was just as still as can be. :) It really made me happy. She's young and green, but she's worth her weight in gold already honestly.
Shes going to need a lot of manner work.. and just basic ground work like moving and front and back end etc etc.. because she doesnt quite understand that.
Im going to try and start a little friendly game.. because she's a little flinchy when it comes to human hands or anything swinging at her. She just needs to get use to ALOT more human handling. We'll see how she progresses tomorrow!!
Today was very long, spent ALL of it with Nova and a little time with Little.
I got there and bathed Little, then turned him out. Then decided that since it was such a nice day out, why not try bathing Nova?!
I took her out of her paddock, brushed out her tail then went to the bathing area. She was perfect. Stood there for the whole thing. Then I took her out to graze so she could sun dry.
Did a little parelli, got up to the circle game... this poor girl was so confused cause she's never done any lunging or ANYTHING so I had to get her going in a circle which took a lot of thinking on my part because if I tried to swing the stick a lot to drive her away from me she would shoot backwards. Then she finally got the idea and it was SOO much fun to watch her figure out what I wanted, and once she realized she offered to do it!
Then I decided to try and ride her because she couldnt not do anything.. I would turn her back into her paddock and she would pace and call for me when I went by haha!
I tacked her up and we did walk/trot/canter in both indoor and outdoor arena!!! On the second day!! It was just to get a feel of what we need to work on. Which I got a pretty good idea!
After that she got lunch, and I spent a good hour just sitting in her paddock with her while she ate, she's pretty skittish of humans BUT after the first 20 mins she ate beside me! :) I got a HUGE sunburn tho.
Then that was pretty much it. :)
She's a good mare! Love her. Can't wait for tomorrow. Pics of today coming soon.