So Latte had two days off - I had our PC Zone AGM and other things I had to do - Like actually see my boy :] I am finally finished work for Christmas, so we are back into the swing of things now.
Meg and I helped Dad get a bull out on Bundy and Pepper. I hosed Bundy off and put him away, then went and caught Latte. She was good to catch - Even though I forgot to bring carrots! I gave her a rub before I out her halter on. She really loves a head rub - Makes it a great reward! It was really hot and I couldn't be bothered changing halters to tie her in the hessian neck rope - Plus standing ground tied is another skill she can learn :]
I gave her a good brush as she was a bit dirty for the first time - Maybe I have found the horsey myth - A grey that isn't always dirty! Although she still has just enough chestnut left in her coat that dirt blends very well, lol. I saddled and bridled her - She stood really well, even when I did the girth up. I think this is the first time she didn't take a step. She took a bit longer to open her mouth for the bit though. I ran through the moving off pressure we've been doing - She was a bit slow on the backing up, but generally ok.
I went into the circling we have been doing - She much prefers the right rein to the left. She moves off with just a point to the right rein, but needs encouragement with movement of my body for the left - And today she kept turning and going the other way instead of walking in when I said whoah. I got aggresive in my body language when she did this - She knows the exercize. She got a bit uppity - Cantering on the small circle, ears back, crow hopping a little. However, as soon as I drove her the correct way, I stood neutral and she brought herself back to a trot. She eventually got the whoah without turning the other way, so I gave her a rub and left it at that.
Next up was yeilding to the bit. She was 10X better than the other day, I was very impressed! It only took a few seconds of bracing before she yeiled her head around to the side today - Last time it was fighting and walking in circles. She is also backing off the bit, lowering her head and vertically flexing - Not perfectly, with some mouthing, but easily enough for this stage.
I had been gradually tightening her girth throughout the session - It was time to put soem weight on her. I got Meg to hold one stirrup and me the other and we leant on them - No reaction. I took her over to a plaque in the ground and stood up on it - She wasn't a fan of the new, tall me! I spent some time rubbing her from up high - She settled. I asked Meg to yeild her bum over so I could lean on the saddle - Didn't really work as Meg was too timid and ran away when she twitched her butt, sure she was going to get kicked! So I hopped off and did some more yielding and got her in the right spot, then got up again. I rubbed over her neck and her butt - She was a bit twitchy but not too bad. I leant over the saddle and again a bit twitchy but not too bad. Back on the ground I got Meg to hold the other stirrup and I put my foot in - I actually put my whole weight on the saddle not touching the ground - She didn't react. I think i'll get on her soon - She really isn't stressed by weight in the saddle or the tighter girth any more. She hasn't bucked at all through the process - She humped her back and pinned her ears once, the first time she wore the saddle, but that was it. I'm hoping it continues that way when I start riding her!