Abby's still out for running around with the kids because she apparently doesn't heal quickly. So in the past week, I have ridden Abby once and Kaja instead. My roommate's barrel saddle fits her the best thus far, but still isn't perfect. Either I get pinched withers and it stays off the back..or it is wide enough for her withers and crushes her spine farther back. So yeah. Still working that out.
But she did awesome all week! We had a little tantrum on Monday night. As soon as I caught her, I knew she was going to be a snot because she was angry at me for whatever reason (probably because it was around 7:30pm and she has still not been fed grain..and a huge pasture of grass just isn't enough, you know). And I decided not to lunge her first. She was being a pill and then suddenly made a piss poor attempt at bucking..literally had to ask someone else with me what she was doing because all it was was her throwing her head down and hopping. Abby's turbo trot is harder to sit than that "buck." Obviously, he got rode through it and she realized it was a bad idea to try that.
She improved over the week and we only had a few instances of being unsure about going on with the group or catching up if we fell behind.
She even went swimming yesterday. She was totally game for standing about chest deep in the water, but was rather traumatized when she got pulled in further so she actually had to swim.
But I have more time next week too so she should be getting pretty solid over the next week or so. Obviously it'll be a while before she's broke broke, but she's learning her job and with how smart she is, she'll learn quickly. She thinks a lot and we only had a couple of spooks about anything. She gained a TON of confidence though and was pretty happy to be adventuring in the pastures.