Geez, I have been so horrible about updating this thing. Somebody needs to prod me with a hot shot every now and then to get me off my butt
. Everything has been going pretty well. The bay mare from the above post is doing exceptionally well. She had a lightbulb moment a few rides ago and everything has been smooth sailing since then. My Dad is helping me with the chestnut mare because she is one of the most challenging horses I have ever messed with. She is not only mortified of people (even after all the handling she has gotten since she's been here), she is a bit of an obnoxious bitch and will get mad at the drop of a hat. When she's mad, there is no hope of teaching her anything because all she wants to do is fight *sigh*. The gray mare is going pretty well, she is challenging too. One of the curses of messing with an older horse, if they want to do something and you tell them no, they will get mad and go to fighting. That's not like fighting a 2,3, or 4 year old either. The more you try to tell them no, the more they want to fight. At least she doesn't resort to bucking every time she gets mad anymore LOL. Although I am unable to lope her as long as she really needs it. GOD her lope is horrible. It is almost like one of those cartoon horses where all 4 feet leave the ground at the same time and all 4 land at the same time. So for that reason, I can't seem to lope her for any extended time at all and when I try, I usually have to stop for a breather every couple of minutes or so LOL. But on the other hand, she is a natural at that nice easy little jog and it is nice to ride.
Here is a funny little video I found and Yosemite Sam's horse/mule/donkey (whatever it is) fits her lope almost perfectly LOL.