So I worked with her last night! It started out sunny but quickly turned dark.. hence the lack of photos..
Prettyface was amazing!!
We worked on disengaging her hind quarters just being on the leadrope and at first she was so stroppy but then I showed her it was no big deal and pretty soon she was paying attention and doing it when asked. We worked on yielding to pressure on her head, her body, and her legs. Again, started out stroppy but soon was doing it no big deal. I made sure to praise her, but not overly. If she made an ugly face I growled at her and when her ears came forward I massaged her neck.
I tied a plastic bag to the whip thinking that she'd move away from the rustling....she was a statue. She would not move but she was weary of the bag so I rubbed it on her and took it away if she relaxed. By the end she was fine, even around her face. Took the bag off, clipped the lungeline on, and again.. a statue. I had to tap her hiney a few times and then after awhile she responded to my clucking and my "energy" (like instead of being chill or relaxed, I was excited and almost hyper) and she'd transition up and down. I only worked on walk and trot with her because I want her to stretch out and find the rhythm. When I'm happy with her trot in time, we'll work on canter. She looked lovely stretching out. Her walk got more energetic afterward. She was very responsive in a polite way.
Mid lunge some other riders came back with their horses and fed them. Absolutely no ugly faces or aggression from Prettyface at all. She stood there. She was dancing a little bit that's because this Shetland Pony scooted under the fencing and was running around being a nutter. Absolutely cute little shetland pony.. but a nutter :P I gave Prettyface her dinner, he's known for being extremely food aggressive. She didn't pin her ears or rush me. She stood there without issue and I layed it down infront of her. She happily ate and I worked on massaging her neck muscles. It's going to take a long while for them to relax.. which in time will help with her head tossing issues.
Then did "carrot stretches" and she was so good about those. A bit tight when I asked her for the head between legs stretch so we didn't get all the way down. She's a bit tight on her neck bend stretches too.. She was VERY sassy about the belly tucks.. but in time she stopped dancing around. At the end of the night We re-visited the head-down exercise and she got it no problem :)
I'm over the moon ecstatic with her. Hopefully I can come out again before Saturday :) Maybe on Friday..
I stupidly forgot to measure her mouth.. so will try doing that when I pop out next. Also I ordered her some fuzzy reins :)
And for some pics!!
This is her turnout
And it just kept on going...
And going and going..
AND FINALLY IT STOPPED!!
And here is our area that we worked in until I get "the keys" to use the designated riding areas..
Notice that orange fence area to the right? The shetland squeezed under that. Little bugger... then he found my carrots and was eating them so I threw on at his hiney lol.
And here is Prettyface :)
And she has two brands but I only took pictures of one.
I'm so happy to be working with her. I felt so elated after our groundwork and lunging session. She was even being "sent" without me having to smack the ground at the end of it. So proud of how smart she is!