So I watched this video last night, and decided to try it with Whiskey and Ivy today - it was a huge success and I sat on Ivy today, got off, got on the off side, sat on her, and then got back off. She had no problems, wasn't nervous at all - and I am very pleased. She isn't ready to ride yet, so that isn't our intent- I want her to be very comfortable with the concept of me climbing off and on, sitting on her, and so far we have had a great experience.
First I started off as I did yesterday, saddling and bridling Ivy in the barn then leading her out. Sacked her out with the same jacket that left out, then had her w/t/c on the lunge for about 15 minutes, she is much more responsive to voice cues now, and had no bucking or spooking. I had her reins on and ran under her stirrups and tied on the saddle seat with a little more contact and we had not fussing, she is still a little choppy at first at the trot, but is getting much more accepting and responsive. No bucking or head tossing at the canter.
Brought her back into the center and had her give to pressure both ways, then stepped into the stirrup and hopped up, laid over her back, and petted her all over - did this on both sides and she stood calmly.
Took her back to the trailer and tied her so she could stand while Whiskey had her lesson.
Whiskey is going to do some speed events this year, but really hates to go fast. She pins her ears and it almost feels like she is considering giving you a buck... so today I put the S-Hack on her and had her long trot and canter - she was really funny, she pinned her ears but I was petting her and encouraging her to run - I want her to like to run and not feel stressed about going fast. She didn't go very fast, but I urged her to move out and we will continue to do as she gets more confident.
Then I ponied Ivy and then had them stand side by side, slid off of Whiskey's back and sat on Ivy holding Whiskey's saddle horn and my foot still in Whiskey's stirrup so if Ivy darted off I would just pull back over onto Whiskey... Ivy didn't mind at all, so I petted her and then we resumed ponying. Did that at the walk and trot for about 20 minutes, then got off, tied Whiskey to the trailer and had Ivy stand right next to Whiskey.
I asked Ivy to give to pressure both ways, pulling her head to both sides, then with just a rope halter on, I stepped into the stirrup, laid over her, petted her, then swung my leg over. Sat on her, praised her, then got off. Went to the other side, swung on, sat on her, pet her all over, then got off. At that we called it a day.
Took them both in and gave them there dinner. No spooking, pulling back, nervousness - Ivy was very confident today and we had a great time. I have ordered driving reins and as soon as they get here we will start ground driving. We have all the time in the world, and am very happy at how far we have come in such a short time.
I string tested her and she strings to 16.2. Her daddy is 15.3 and momma is 16 so I will have to see, but she sure moves fancy.