I figured seeing as my mare is out in training and I'm looking to start riding lessons soon, I might as well start a journal. I had one before when she was just a baby and I loved going back and reading the progress we made a few years later.
So anyways my 5 year old mare who is on week 2 of professional training. I just got off the phone with the trainer and she is doing good, so far no real bad days, its always progressing forward. They have worked her in a crowded arena where she is really nervous about horses coming up behind her (she may play lead mare, but if she doesn't know the horse she is a chicken) they have put floppy saddle bags on her, a really squeaky saddle, and she said something about a noodle. I'm assuming a water noodle lol.
She also said that my mare is good about giving warnings when something is bothering her instead of just blowing. Which I'm really glad for. I'm going out on Friday to watch for myself.
And for me, I just got of the phone with the reiner instructor around here, she is pretty busy and if I wanted lessons there I could go to a group ride thing on Tuesdays starting in December. I may call around a bit more. I don't need much instruction, I need someone to really make me work for my seat. 2 years of very minimal riding has left my confidence in the gutter when it comes to riding my own mare. Hence why she is in training and I'm searching for lessons. Kinda tricky when the only barn that is actively trying to get new riders is one I have had only bad experiences dealing with.