I am starting a journal about Gidget and I and our progress. We,as partners,have come so far from the first day I owned her and I'm so
very proud of her. Gidget isn't perfect by any means and I'm not sure
if people are truely intimidated by her or not but most people don't think
highly of her. No one rides her but me as she throws the biggest hissy fit and she ends up glaring at me(if horses can glare) for letting me have other's mount her for a ride.
I only know a little bit about Gidget. I will start off by saying she was known by the name Beth and owned by a little girl down in CA as a gaming horse. The girl wanted a faster horse so Gidget went up to OR to what people consider a horse trader(people usually take that as negative). Most likely Gidget would have found a new home and if not she would go to the Big Cat Park as food. Kids have tried her out during the summer.People don't like when people assume but I think that since she had a nasty,stubborn attitude they decided not to buy her. Gidget was a mean horse and defiently not meant for beginner riders and even intermidiates wouldn't put up with her.
Thats really all I know about her.
I tried on my own to help her out as well as trying to learn how to ride. I thought I knew how...piece of cake,right? Not at all! I transitioned to english and there is so much to learn. Gidget is also is learning english and english terms as she only knows western.
I had my first lesson with Gidget yesterday at my new trainer's stable. I worried she wouldn't like her because Gidget can be rude. She said she was so cute and she liked that she has meat on her bones
I guess she's a bit overweight but I prefer that than having her skin and bones.
We went into the olympic sized arena and right off Gidget started testing me and my trainer mentioned that Gidget doesn't find it a joy to move out when asked. She said she was an angry horse and asked if I knew that.I,of course said "yes,but I love her". She asked me if she could lunge her. She asked if she would try bucking,taking off,etc...I told her I can't promise anything but I usually free lunge her as it's hard for me to do lunge line work...well first thing was that Gidget took off out of the arena
Luckily my trainer wore gloves just incase. She got her to run backwards and Gidget never did it again. She doesn't understand what walk means but understands "easy" which I found out was a western term. My trainer also considers her a greenie.I always thought she was well trained but just had a nasty outlook on things. Gidget has a lot to learn so in the Fall Gidget is going to be boarded out at my trainer's and have a month of intensive training. She doesn't think Gidget is too far gone.
What made my day was that she could tell Gidget has really bonded with me and that it wasn't just "hey,you are suppose to be leading me around!".She wasn't confused on why I was walking away to sit down to watch her lunge line. She had a concerned look and had a hard time focusing on my trainer as she would always look back at me. When she was done being lunged I walked up and Gidget went up to me to be pet and was content when I was by her. Knowing that my horse has bonded with me and have someone notice is the greatest feeling in the world. I absolutely ADORE & LOVE
this horse as if she was my kid.
If you made it to the end of this first entry kudos to you!
I welcome you to follow our progress.Our smiles and our tears.Failing and conquering. We are together through thick and thin on this.
My first day with Gidget