Well, I've been slacking on this..but nothing too interesting has been missed aside from the fact that she tried to attack me while lunging, out of nowhere. She was trotting circles, ears perked/on me, and the next second I see her coming in at me ears pinned and teeth bared..I stomped towards her, hollered, and took my lead rope to her ass and we continued like nothing happened, didn't do it again. So I'm baffled about that.
But back to last night's visit.(:
Went out and decided I was going to ride since it was still light out and everything. Well, I almost smacked off the ground and slid down the hill on my backside..so I tossed that idea out the window real quick, haha. I brought her in from the field, gave her back and sides a quick brush, and decided I was gonna ride bareback inside where it was about 10* warmer.
Since I still hadn't found a bit that she actually likes I was looking through my bridles to see what bits I haven't tried yet. I found my Jr. Cow on a rope bridle I made awhile ago (for a MUCH larger head than hers xD) that's adjustable to a point. I figured I'd size that bridle to her face and then make her a custom one when I got home (I think we're gonna go to black/neon green instead of black/red). She wasn't all that happy about me putting the bridle on and the bit hanging all wonky in her mouth, but she stood well enough for it. The browband turned into a one-ear..But she did great. Barely had to touch my reins, and when I did her head looked like we were in a pleasure class. Nose was just slightly in front of the vertical, poll level with her withers, etc. It was beautiful.
We also worked on her standing for me to mount bareback and being comfortable with it. I could just hop on, but I don't want her to dislike bareback just because of the mounting process. I think she's scared about me plopping down with no saddle to give her some protection. So I stood on the block and rubbed her back, got down, got back up, etc for about 15 minutes before I actually got on. She still walked off once I was up there, but that's okay, we'll work on that another time.
Overall she did awesome. I'm not comfortable dropping my reins and laying on her like I would/have on other horses, but I'm sure we'll get there by the end of winter.
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