Hahahaha Ropechick, that's probably exactly what she was thinking! xD
Thanks Maggie! I'm pretty please with how they came out myself! And it was so so easy, I just can't get over how little work there was involved in "fixing" them like that! hahaha
Sooooooo, guess what??!
Someone got saddled today for the "first" time!!
I had really only intended on lunging her for a bit (she's lunging like an old pro now, btw - Lacey's still a bit better at it than Lady is but Lacey adores lunging and Lady really doesn't, hahaha), then showing her the saddle+saddlepad and desensitizing her to the pad, if that was needed.
Welp, she was lunging great - super calmly, etc and she even turned around on the line for me, without me having to guide her in how to do so. So I picked up the pad and started throwing it over her back and just generally trying to see if she'd get at all scared. Um, no. Scared was not something that was going to happen. She was interested but really wasn't bothered by the pad at all.
So I decided that I had the saddle there and she was doing so well, why not put it on her? So I let her sniff the saddle and threw it up on her back. That wasn't an issue either.
She did get a little spooked when I dropped the cinch down and the metal part of it whacked her in the leg but that was only "scary" because it was unexpected. She just took a quick step forward, then stopped again. Cinching up wasn't worrisome either. She actually had the "audacity" to pin her ears at me when I tightened the cinch up. Silly girl!
The only time she got a little worried was when I had her take her first step forward with the saddle on. She got a little panicked for a second (aka, scooted forward unexpectedly), then I had her stop and I rubbed her face, and she was 100% fine again. That was the only real hiccup the whole time!
I then lunged her for about 10 minutes at a walk/trot with the saddle on and she couldn't have cared less. No dramatics, no bolting, just normal trotting/walking around. She "whoa-d" well and she even backed up when I asked her to.
At camp I've been around horses that were on their 3rd-4th time being saddled and she was not like that at all. She definitely knew what was up. Lacey herself was worse the first few times I saddled her, 4 years ago, than Lady was today!
I am even more under the impression that Lady probably knows more than she's letting on...
SPEAKING OF WHICH, today, Lady responded to "easy" on the lungeline as her cue to go from a trot down to a walk. Now, I have nevvvver used that word with her. I use it with Lacey but she needs a quite a few more "pre-cues" than Lady does. Lady also responds very very quickly to the word "whoa". I don't use "whoa". I use "ho"....
Anyway, pretty sure Miss Smartie is being a sneaky devil.
It almost makes me want to try riding her tomorrow. Too bad I don't also want to die.
But maybe I'll saddle her up again and jump around next to her. Just to see what'll happen... We shall see. Tomorrow is a riding/ponying day so that might take priority.
She also got her own rope halter today! It's purple, she looks stunning in it. She also got her new lead rope (BRIGHT turquoise) today. It's SO nice, very lux feeling. And it was only $10! I'm just a little bit thrilled about that.
On the Lacey front, she was being really weird today... But then again, bute kinda makes her act like she's on a drug trip. It wasn't bad weird, it was just "not normal" weird. For instance, I took Lady into the main pasture to work with her. I left the gate open so Lacey could follow if she wanted to...but she didn't. I was with Lady for probably 45 minutes and the whole time, Lacey was up by the front gate - which is probably 600+ feet away from where Lady and I were.
It was really good for Lady, to focus on me totally without Lacey being right there, but it was unusual. I guess I have seen them do that on their own - Lacey'll be in one part of the pasture and Lady'll be in another - but it just seems weird. Whatever happened to herd dynamics? lol!
Anyway, after I was done with Lady, I went to get Lacey and she went cantering past me, allll the way down to the shed. What a dork-face. ;)
Then I lunged Miss Lacey and she loved it. I've been hesitant to lunge her lately because on the hills - even little ones, she picks up so much momentum and just goes careening down (and generally slips at the bottom) them that it really scares me. However, I've been using the word "careful" to denote areas where she needs to place her hooves more carefully than she thinks she does so I tried saying "careful" each time she was about to start going downhill. The difference was dramatic! I could actually see her rock her weight back onto her hocks as soon as she heard "careful". And she didn't go careening down the hill! She kept a steady pace and she just generally seemed a whole lot more comfortable with being lunged. So yay for that! Lunging has always been one of Lacey's most favored activities so it's great that we've kinda maybe figured out a way to safely do that.
And, yknow, telling you about the saddling+ ew halter+new lead rope+Lady's flymask being finished is all basically useless if I don't give you pictures....so I have pictures for ya.
"Why yes, I do have a saddle on my back and I don't care, how kind of you to inquire!"
New halter+new lead rope!