This horse Lemonade is the most irritating little mare. She's so soft and willing to throw herself into work on the ground, then under saddle she's a whole different beast. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I really should introduce her.
Here's Lemonade (Show name tentatively Lucky Little Lemon-thoughts?):
Seriously, look at that face. It screams "Grumpy Mare"
My dad bought her at auction, loved the way she moved in the ring (of course did not consult me whatsoever). He loves the heck out of her. And Lems loves him. They're buds. Problem is, he trail rides 10 or 15 times a year, and she's the type that has
to be in work, or she gets wild. So, I work with her in the meantime. All in all, for an auction horse, she turned out incredibly well. She's trained in reining, and is darn good at it. She responds to cues so quickly, and really gets into her job. A little too much. She works herself up and gets a little too hot for my taste. Mr. Plunky Zeus is more my speed. If he
got any slower, he'd be going backwards.
But anyway, that's Lemons. Quick to learn, quick to respond, quick to get you off her back. I'll be working with her and my trainer throughout the summer, so I thought I might start a journal on her. Gives me something to do, and keep track of her progress. So, without further ado...
Lucky Little Lemon's Training Journal!
Biggest things we need to work on:
-Accepting the bit. She gapes her mouth and does what she can to avoid it. We got her like that, makes me think she came from a heavy-handed rider.
-Figuring out what is a cue, and what isn't. She responds to everything. Scratch your nose? Must be a cue for a spin.
-Catching when loose. She's a terror to catch. We've come quite a ways with this one.
-Working off seat. She's not fond of leg cues, works extremely well off seat.
-Light hands. She'll let you know if you're too heavy.
-Body awareness. She'll let you know if your shoulders have slumped forward.
...among others. We'll see what else crops up!
I might make her out to be a dangerous, crazy girl, but rest assured, she's not that bad. We're doing lessons, I'm confident, minimizing risk, pushing my comfort zone without breaking it. She's a step up from Zeus, and a lot of the concepts I practice over and over again on him, because he's so much more forgiving than her. They're definitely quite the pair
Another mare stare to hold you over until next time!