Ohhhh my goodness. I've been busy.
I have discovered how INexperienced my new mare is with EVERYTHING. She was saddle broke before she came and that's about it. I know her previous owner took care of her but she also let Chloe get away with a lot of things she shouldn't have - ie. bitting, not standing still, ect. So, needless to say, I've had my hands full.
So far though, things are going really well. I've had to deal with a lot different problems. She's a HUGE baby and very sweet but doesn't quite know what to do with herself.
First thing that happened was her getting buddy sour and way too dependent on my gelding. I was happy they got along but things got too bad too quick. Every second they were separated my gelding called her back over and OVER. I wanted to bash my head into a wall! She of course wanted to return to him, long story short, I had to make them less dependent on one another. They are doing well and seem to be much more content with the current arrangements.
I also have to deal with her energy from being young and fresh and her sometimes nervous energy. With her being so young, it's difficult getting her to concentrate on me rather then the world around her. She has improved greatly though.
She is slowly getting use to motorcycles. Apparently she HATES them. She has thrown a few temper tantrums over some passing by. She's slowly being desensitized to them, though.
She gave the farrier quite a problem. She wasn't giving him much attention or respect. In her defense, this was a different farrier I wasn't very fond of. However, I worked with her being able to balance on three legs and she is improving.
Like any ex racer (99% of them anyway) she had a huge space issue. She didn't understand staying out of my space. She is now quite respectful of it and keeps from crawling up my legs.
Today I worked on Chloe accepting contact. I made running reins and used them while lunging her in the round pen. Initially she began reverting back to harness life when she raced with the running reins on. She is now starting to accept contact without going into race mode and is being able to relax. I did this yesterday and today. Today she did much better but had difficulty with the footing as it was terribly muddy.
And now I am having to reconsider buying a new bridle. (As if all this wasn't enough!) The one I have just isn't large enough and it's rubbing her fur off. :( However, I found one that I am in love with:
If I got it, I would get the clear crystals. =)