I went and bought a bit and lip strap for latte today. I got her a fairly thin loose ring lozenge snaffle. I was planning on putting her bridle on with the halter over the top and ponying her off Bundy – but the weather foiled me! We decided not to ride, so I was just going to do some work with latte. It was really windy. Dad’s boss had put two TB mares/fillies in with Latte and Abbi – How considerate of him. They were absolutely bonkers – Running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and scaring the crap out of our two mares. Latte has a small nick on her fetlock I assume from running around. Catching her was a bit interesting – I think Abbi is the boss and both Abbi and the TB mares kept crowding her which was really freaking her out – I nearly got squashed a few times between catching her and the gate. She really was terrified of the TB’s – They only had to get within about 2 metres of her for her to freak out and try to run. I gave her a good rub to calm her down after we got out the gate – The wind wasn’t helping.
After her pulling back yesterday I decided to try a neck rope – but with something thicker than a rope. I had an offer to borrow a similar system using a hessian bag off a friend, but in the meantime I made do. I found an old string girth that was quite short – Turned out it was just the right length to fit around her neck. So I clipped the lead rope to the buckles on the girth and then threaded it through the ring on the halter and tied her to the tree while I fiddled in the shed and gave her a brush. I think she may have learnt a lesson yesterday as she didn’t pull back – however she was very fidgety and looked like she might try to jump the tree at one point. She did calm down when I was grooming her and rubbing her neck/shoulder. She is just so jumpy/touchy – She needs so much handling.
The weather was getting worse so I scrapped the idea of putting the bridle on her – I just did some basic giving to pressure exercises and circling. She is VERY sensitive to pressure – She is fairly good with moving off a poke on the rump, but on the shoulder she flinches her skin and sometimes offers to rear – She hasn’t yet but the thought is there. She just has to get used to being poked and prodded all over – She does eventually understand stepping over, it just takes a little while. Back-up from pressure on the chest is good. She wasn’t as good at the circling today, but I think that was more the influence of the weather than her being naughty. She kept turning in to me and resisting when I sent her back out – I got a few good circles at trot either way and then just let her stand. By now the weather was atrocious – Blowing a gale and flapping the corrugated iron on the silo’s – She was bug-eyed and very nervous, running around and I was just focussing on not being run over and calming her a bit. She did calm when I rubbed her – She still needs to learn not to run me over even if it is scary. I settled her, did some backing up out of my space and let it end on that note.
I was really frustrated with the weather as I had been looking forward to a good session. I have the hessian neck rope now so will use that tomorrow. If the weather is better tomorrow then I’ll put the bridle on her and have a go at ponying… Wish us luck! Thankfully the mares will be gone tomorrow morning – I just hope both our mares will still be in one piece L