Hey everyone! Hope all is well!
We got all my car troubles figured out and I got a new one just in time to head back to school, so I can finally breathe again, as all the stress is gone!
So on Tuesday, I headed back to college with my horse. I wasn't really expecting too much of her for the first week, as this is her first time away from home in 2 years, and for a 3 year old, that's a pretty big deal.
Anyways, we arrived at the college at about 10:00am, and unloaded my other mare that is going to be used in the 1st year English program, and put her away in the barn, unloaded Sadie, and brought her to the indoor arena to have a little rip around and get a little leg stretch after her 4 hour trailer ride before putting her in with a new and strange horse. She seemed pretty leery of being inside at first, but once she figured out she had so much room to move, and decided no giant monsters were going to come out of the bucking chutes and eat her, she settled right in, and started trotting around and playing. We then took her down to the board pens where she would be staying, and found one horse who didn't have back shoes on (just incase), and introduced them over the fence. They seemed to get along great, which was awesome, so turned her out with him, and no major fights broke out, so I was pretty happy.
I went back out the next day and let her play in the arena again, and she was much bolder right from the get go, and didn't seem to worry about the automatic garage doors or anything. Lunged her a little bit, and other than being a little distracted she did pretty good.
I gave her Thursday off, as it was a pretty busy day for me, and I needed to get my books and everything figured out.
Friday I went down, and brought her up to the arena. Unfortunately the tractor and harrow were broke down in the middle of the arena, so I just tacked her up and took her to the outdoor. Shortly after arriving a bunch of rodeo club students (on my campus, they're very known for their lack of rider/arena etiquette), came into the outdoor aswell, and while we were grounddriving around, got passed at a gallop very closely and threw a major tantrum. After a few of those crazy passes, she settled down and got over it. When we finished, all the other riders were pretty much done, so I got on for just a few minutes and walked around.
Fortunately for us, on Friday we had the indoor arena to ourselves, so I got on, walked around a little, and trotted a couple of little 10 meter circles each way, just to be sure I had control, then called it a day.
Saturday, I woke up at 7:30am and headed straight out for my horse. We had the arena to ourselves again, and I managed to trot around the entire length of the arena, and do some figure 8s, which was pretty awesome considering she only went out of the roundpen once this summer to walk around the yard.
Today we didn't have the arena to ourselves for the ground work, which was fine as we both need to get used to other riders anyways, and they left just before I got on. We did a lot of trot work again today, and Sadie felt balanced enough to offer more impulsion and forwardness, so hopefully after a few more days of getting more consistency in our new "big girl" trot, we can try for a lope.
So none the less, it has been an extremely successful first week for me an my horse! Unfortunately we haven't gotten into much class wise yet, only gone over course outlines and got our books and what not, so hopefully there will be more to report next week as far as classes go. Either way, it looks like it's shaping up to be one excellent year!