So we had our first session today since camp ended last week.
She did SO amazingly at camp. She got tons and tons of ridden miles and it shows. She was adored by all the kids and she did really well as a brushing demo horse. She was ridden by my assistants a few times (I was the head wrangler and I had three assistants) but they didn't have enough horse experience to have the kind of horse sense she requires from her rider. She didn't misbehave really badly (bucking/rearing) for them or anything but she behaved badly (wouldn't go, twirling, bolting, spooking at everything, etc) enough to cause a camper to tell the assistant on her that said camper thought that "Lacey is mad cuz Wallaby isn't riding her." hahahaha! For me she was perfect. I even galloped her away from camp, by ourselves, in a saddle + rope halter with one lead rope to neck rein one direction and direct rein the other and she was fine. Stopped when I asked and listened perfectly.
She was really amazing. We also did a bunch of 'bareback in a halter' trail riding and she was totally down with that. It's an amazing feeling when you can just leap on your horse with knowledge that if your horse wanted to get away from you, she totally could and she knows she could, yet you also know that she wouldn't even consider doing so. Especially considering where we came from two years ago, where she was about to be put down for being "crazy" and where I thought that if I could get her to a place where she was consistently 75% under control then I would have won at training her. I'm just really amazed by her.
But anyway, I went to see her today and I hopped on in a halter and bareback and she did really well. She was kinda sassy to begin with but she calmed right down and listened really well. She was happy to see me, I think. I hadn't seen her since Saturday and since I had been seeing her everyday, that was kinda an intensely long period of separation. haha
Oh! Also, at camp I accidentally taught her to plant a back foot and pivot when I cue for it! I had been trying to teach a pivot to her but I couldn't figure it out and completely by accident, while teaching horse club and having the kids circle around me on their horses while I ride Lacey and keep her head pointed out towards the middle of them and only take one step around at a time, she invented pivoting in her world! Now, she'll just do it if I stop her and cue for a turn with the rein and my leg. She won't do it from a walk since the cue for a pivot and turn are basically the same, but that can be fixed.