Wednesday July 18: Day Three
I started the day by taking Nala for a walk, and then took her into an enclosed paddock so we could have quiet and focus.
I introduced her to her very first saddle today. She insisted on having a thorough smell of it for a few minutes, but when I went to put it up on her back after, she was perfectly fine with it. I had rubbed and tugged and pulled on her with the girth before, so when I went to do that up, she was fine with it as well.
I took her out into the middle of the field then to start her with the concept of lunging. We just stayed at a walk today, and worked to get her to maintain a relatively even circle around me without pulling too much.
I am super conscious of working with her equally on both the right and left sides. It feels like she's more comfortable being handled from the left, so I'm trying to make her 'ambidextrious', I guess
There's so much stuff that you would never even think twice of around a broke horse that you need to work with and prepare a greenie to accept - like things dropping around her, like blankets slipping off her back (so she doesn't self destruct when it happens for real, like some horses will), like things touching her legs and random parts of her body...stuff like that.
It's sort of your natural tendency around a skittish horse to be quieter and gentler so you don't spook her, but I have to keep reminding myself to just do it normally, or she'll never learn to accept it. I tried jumping beside her, and she went
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She looked at me like I had snapped and gone completely insane. She was pretty terrified
Something to work on..