I got Wren, my 6 year old, a kids saddle today (she outgrew her little one) and some spurs, as she wants to start riding Whiskey more... she had a fun lesson today - worked on moving Whiskey around the cones and stopping at the cones. Whiskey is extremely lazy with Wren, but Wren is happy just doing little things for now. Her saddle has tapaderos so her foot didn't sit right, she couldn't get much of her toe in) so I need to get her new stirrups... she did some of her lesson with no stirrups which is good for her balance anyway.
After her lesson I got on Whiskey and had to give her an attitude adjustment as she was pinning her ears, shaking her head, swishing her tail as we went through our paces in horsemanship - so as she would express her displeasure at having to work, she would get a spank, or a jerk on the reins, or we would back up hard and do it again - until she decided it was just easier to do it right without "talking back" ... rode her for about 30 minutes, but it's hot outside so that was enough.
I got Ivy a new snaffle bit - it's a full cheek, 5 inch, and I think 3/4 - so it is a little smaller than my other bits, and she seemed more comfortable in it today - I lunged her at just a walk with the reins hooked to her bit and waited her out until she quit gaping her mouth - about 15 minutes - then we trotted for a bit, then a canter around once or twice, then back to the walk. When she was comfortable packing her bit around and didn't gape at the pressure of the reins, I got on her and we walked around with reins hooked to the snaffle and practiced walking in a straight line, stopping, turning both directions and listening to my legs as I pushed her out and asked her to turn...
After her ride I gave her a bath, clipped her, and Kellie came out and we got a few pictures and then swept the barn.
Ivy is mad that she is in a different paddock than Whiskey, so is spending alot of time running along her fenceline whenever Whiskey wanders out in the back pasture.. Ivy is already thin and is on free feed grass and alfalfa, but is still thin and is hitting a growth spurt so her butts going back in the air. I am going to pick her up some weight builder to get a little more weight on her... we wormed them both and then called it a day.
Here are some pictures... we have had Ivy since June 5th, and today is July 12, so I think this is 5 weeks and a few days since we got her... she is coming along great...
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela