I've decided to make a journal for Kitty.
Name: Sonitas Last Kitty
Date of birth: June 16, 2003
I got Kitty a few days before the new year from my uncle. She hasn't really been worked at all for the past year, and the last time my uncle rode her she bucked him off. He was unable to get back on for worry of something serious had happened (he has severe cancer). Anyway, we have began to work with her, working from the ground up.
My trainer has been working with her every time she has a chance and giving me lessons on how to properly lunge her (she was never taught and has a tendancy to halt and back up when pressured). She also taught me how to ground drive her. Everything has been going smoothly, thankfully.
I had a lesson today and my trainer explained every step she'd go through when breaking a young horse. Kitty, she explained, was the best one to explain it with because she is broke but is still somewhat new to some of the things. She explained how responsive she'd want a horse on the lunge line, how she would start with them and how she would proceed. Same for ground driving. Then she moved on to when she's preparing the horse for a rider. Patting her everywhere, bumping her with the stirrups, hitting the saddle, moving it around, etc. Then she explained what to look for, if the horse is getting ansy, or they are tense, if they seem to be dreaming. She also explained that sometimes even the smallest things can set an unbroke horse off. She mounted, showing me the different steps she would take and how to dismount quickly and effectively.
Then she asked if I'd like to get on. I said it doesn't matter, and that we should go with how she felt about it. She said I should try. So, I did everything that she'd showed me with some help from her and I got on! First I got her to move somewhat diagnolly (sp?) by shifting my weight and opening a rein. I did that a few steps then I got her to move forward. She was pretty slow at first but I got her going. She likes to travel with her head down so I had to keep my arms in the picture perfect position or else she would drop down. We did a few circles at the walk and then I got off. She was such a sweetheart! So proud! I was suprisingly calm, which is a good thing. My trainer said that we'd probably be up to riding her a little when I come out and even a little trot.
We had contacted her breeder the other night asking about some information about her. Apparently she has been in the Klondike Days parade and has sorted bison and cattle. She's also done gaming but was pretty lazy and didn't like to gallop. She said she'd be willing to sign over her registration papers whenever we'd like and giving us any information and is willing to share pictures of her when she was younger.