Well we finally got our new mare home, and my boyfriend wants to name her Smokey. She does look like smoke :)...anyways...I wanted to wait a little longer and let her get settled into her new home before I put a saddle on her. Normally, she has a pretty nervous character and is skiddish of alot. But I think she picked up on my geldings laid back attitude and she is acting more like him. I brought out the saddle and blanket and just put it in the barn while they were in there and let her smell it and check it out. Well she didn't seem to scared of it, so I picked up the blanket and rubbed it all over her, face, neck, front and back legs, stomach...etc etc. Well she didn't seem to phased and just wanted to go about her normal business. So I put the blanket on and she didn't even seem to notice. She just walked around the barn continuing on with her business.
So I brought her back to me, stood her there and picked up the saddle, let her sniff it and put it up on her back(I tied the stirrups together, so they wouldn't slam on her sides and scare her). Well that didn't seem to phase her either. And I've always read that you shouldn't tighten the cinch the first time unless your horse is pretty comfortable with the saddle being on their back. Well she seemed pretty comfortable so I started to tighten it. That didn't seem to bother her either. Note: This was all done without a lead on. She just stood right there!
I finished tightening her up, and clipped her to the lunge line so she couldn't get away if she got scared. She got outside and I started to trot her around and she finally figured something was on her back and she did a few bucks but then forgot about it and just started eating! Too funny! I unclipped the line, and she and my gelding just walked around eating. She didn't even seem phased. I was pretty impressed. Normal horses with a first time saddle go nuts. But she was really good and I like that.
I don't think she will be too difficult to train. She is so smart and willing to learn. I'll keep you updated on what goes on!