thank you kristy for saying that. I'm glad that I have someplace to share, and hope that you guys can keep me grounded and not let me forget any important things I need to think about.
Went down to the trainers, monday night, to watch him work with her. Before he started with her, I groomed her from head to toe and just spent some time alone with her.
Then he saddled up and went to work. I sat quietly in my car just watching.
He did some round pen work with her and then took her off, into the field. They did all gaits, stops, backs, and then he took her around the barrels and poles, getting her use to the patterns at a very slow pace. This is good, cause eventually I would like to do those with her.(barrels/poles). He would circle each one a couple of times and stop/back at each. I asked him later why he did that and he said so that she didn't pass them up or anticipate a next move to soon. He also took her into a stand of thick trees which will aid me later in trail riding. Took her around several obstacles(combines, carts, etc) to de-sensitize her to them, as she will occasionally spook at things. She also has an issue, once in awhile, with dogs, so his lab runs around following him and will sometimes jump up at the horse. She is getting use to him now and no longer spooks at him. At first I thought the dog should be put up when working the horse, but realized his logic with him running loose - it teaches the horses to ignore them, as loose dogs can be a big problem when out riding on roads and such.
She is doing much better with lateral flexions and lead changes. Those were big issues with her at first, wouldn't do them. She is now getting all her feet under her in the right order and lead changes are starting to be more automatic. Before, when she would canter, all her feet were going in different directions.
As far as the laterals, this was the biggest challenge to me. I could not get her to do them at all, so of course, I had no emergency stop with her. Now we do!!
She is doing much better at keeping her head down too. Before, she always wanted that head way out in front of her and higher than her withers. It was tough for awhile because once that head went up and out, she was on her way with no stopping.
Now she pretty much keeps it at wither height or lower. Yay!!!
I've been telling hubby that when she is done at the trainers, she needed to come home to our house, so that she learned to be alone. (she is very herd bound) he would not agree to that, and felt that we weren't ready for her at home, and she needed to go back to my friend's house. Well!!! The trainer said she needed to come home!!!!!!! So now we have been spending every spare moment, getting a place ready for her. Its almost done, and will be done by the end of this weekend!!!
She will come home sometime next week/weekend. I am sooo happy
So that's how she's doing............