September 9, 2012
So I went down again today at 2:30.. and low and behold, Indie was out in the pasture with the mares! She was just grazing by herself, with most of the mares up towards the gate. By the time I had my boots on and was on my way to get her, most of them had left but Indie was heading over to the bale of hay in near the end of the pasture. Maybe it was a coincidence but when she saw me, she walked right over and let me walk her out the gate.
I decided to wash her mane since it almost appeared like she had dandruff, so to speak. It looks tonnes better! She stood pretty well for it too and didn't toss her head like Major did. After, I decided to take her down to the arena for groundwork after I conditioned her mane and tail. We worked on stopping, walking forward and backing up.. I'm really trying to get her to learn to stay standing for longer than fifteen/twenty seconds.
She also seemed to make many friends today out in pasture. When my instructor was bringing some of the mares in for the night, Indie greeted each of them with a bellowing whinny. The woman who owns the Morgan gelding, Oscar, ended up laughing at her and telling me how she must be the newest socialite. She also calls Indie, Oscar's "girlfriend" since they're right across the aisle from each other.
After I had her groomed up and had walked her around for twenty minutes, I put her in her stall with some hay and her grain so that I could clean her bridle. I sat right beside her stall for a good half hour or more just cleaning it.. every so often, I caught her looking through the bars at me. I also finally re-adjusted it because the other day, I couldn't get it through the fourth hole.. so I finally just took a pen and fixed it.
Once I had that done, I brought her out again to walk her around for a good bit before getting her ready to ride. I think my polos looked a bit better today.. better spacing, made it to the top, etc.
Indie has the worst habit of walking off as soon as she feels pressure in the stirrup.. so today, I'd put my foot on it, push down and as she tried walking off, I'd back her up. Eventually, I got on and I was almost on before she tried walking off. So, we backed up, and stayed stopped for a few moments. She gets a little pacey for some reason when we do that, but usually she figures it out after awhile.
Her walking was quite a bit better, there was a lot less of me reminding her of what I wanted. She walked on a nice loose rein.
Trotting was another story.. she just wanted to race. I did many, many circles and after I got a nice 20m circle at a nice rhythm, we stopped. I figured I'd end it there and I walked her out by hand.
After we were back up at the barn, I untacked her and hosed her down.. paying special attention to her legs. I rubbed her right hind leg down with liniment again, as I did all of them before riding but felt like the right hind leg might be a bit sore. Once I walked her around more, I put her cribbing collar on her and went to take my boots off.. then I put a few flakes of hay in her stall. She should sleep well tonight as her stall is well-bedded and she has a lot to eat and drink.
I also forgot to mention that Belle, a 14.1hh black mare, tried kicking her today and Indie ran into the fence.. not aware that it was there. My instructor said she wasn't hurt.. nor did she even squeal, but actually ended up running right back into it. She's also loving all the grass, I could swear I could already see a difference in her!
Moral of the story, I love Indie