I've come to the conclusion that perhaps I should start a journal for Lacey since I'm all the time posting random posts about how cool she is. It might be better if they all had one place to be. Heehee
So basic Lacey stats:
Breed: Arabian, Polish on her dad's side. Her mom is completely a mystery.
Age: 25, this spring.
Quirks: She has distinct views on everything. Her face tells it all, if she doesn't want to do something, you will know by her facial expression; if she can't wait to do something, you'll know by her facial expression. She's a trail horse extraordinaire. There is nothing she likes better than a good trail ride. She hates heading back the trailer, she will try to turn around and "force" you to head back out. She's also one of those horses that you feel completely safe on, like you could get into any sort of situation and she would figure out what to do even if you have no idea. She needs a confident hand though, she's very dominant and she will take control if she feels like you don't have a clue. And her kind of "taking control" is not safe taking control, she'll do anything to scare you into getting off if she thinks you're a pansy.
Once she realizes that you are dominant and "the leader", she won't question you at all; unless she thinks you're being dumb, then she will very respectfully disagree.
I acquired her/started working with her almost two years ago (it will be 2 years in July). She was "trained" but hadn't been worked in over 5 years, dangerously obese, and horrendously spoiled. I used to say that she was only green-broke when I got her, but I think she may have had more training than that since now that she's calm, I've been able to get some rather non-green broke things out of her. She evidently does know her leads and other stuff that I can't remember the names of, but she knows them! Haha
It took us about a year to get really comfortable with each other and for her to stop being crazy with me. She used to buck and rear every time I got on, just cuz, yknow, she had to check and see if I had become a pansy. Heehee Now, I think she's finally figured out that I'm not going to be scared of her so she generally puts up with me; we haven't had any bucking or rearing episodes in atleast 6 months!
Currently, we've been working on her jogging ability. She has the worst, absolutely THE worst, sitting trot. EVER. It is a trot that posting was thoroughly invented for. I can sit any horse in the world, practically (I haven't met one yet that I can't sit since I've been building muscle with Lacey, but I don't want to get cocky cuz I know there has to be something out there worse than her), except for Lacey. And since she wants to be a trail horse, she needs to be comfy since I do not want to try to post in a western saddle out on the trail. I just don't find that fun. She has a lovely comfortable jog (compared to her trot) once she gets herself slowed down a bit, but she's still building muscle to be able to keep it up long term over varying terrain.
I'm also working on her cantering stamina. She has a lovely canter, but she prefers to trot, so she doesn't spend a lot of time at the canter unless she's pushed. So, I'm trying to work up to cantering for 5 minutes without needing a breather. We're at about 3 minutes so far so we have a little bit to go but she's definitly getting the idea. Instead of cantering at the pace of a train, she's slowing it down and conserving energy. I've been doing most of this work on the lunge line just because I'm not as well versed at the canter as I should be and so I have a hard time directing her at the canter because I get hung up on "omg, cantering!". So, I'm going at this from the saddle a little, getting myself more comfortable etc with cantering and working on not freezing up, and I'm working on her muscles and balance on the lunge so we only have to worry about one of us at a time (we started first with her muscles and balance, lol). She's also beginning to enjoy cantering more; I've actually had to pull on her face a few times recently to slow her down where I just had to say "easy" to get her right into a trot before (imo, that's good because when she's enjoying something she doesn't want to stop, she has way more go than whoa).
I'm also trying to get her as fit as possible for this summer where I'll be riding her about 3 times a day, for about 4-5 hours total everyday (she's coming to camp with me and we'll be heading trail rides, etc). It will mostly be at a walk but I'm also hoping to take her for long excursions at all gaits atleast twice a week, as well as doing some arena work to improve our skillz. That seems like a lot all written out but I suppose that's why she needs to be as fit as possible! haha Obviously, all that is subject to change if she shows she can't handle it, or if there's another horse that needs significant Wallby-time.
But anyway, I think that's all for now. More to come tomorrow, maybe. Actually, probably more like Tuesday since I don't think I'll have time to go out to see Lacey tomorrow.
Dumb dentist appointment!
Before we go though, a thread like this would not be complete without a mug shot of the lovely lady herself!