Well plans have changed... again... I'm beginning to think that Amber and I are just meant to be and I should start learning to work with her instead of always being scared of her and fighting with her and making up excuses not to ride... maybe if I just put some effort into it we'll actually make some progress.. Hmmm I wonder who told me that... let's see... how about everyone?! Ugh I can be so stubborn and blind sometimes.
Any way the plan was to sell Amber and buy another horse. Well when Amber got to our new barn a month ago my new trainer started schooling her for me, for free (so nice!) and REALLY liked her. She convinced me to give Amber until the end of November before making a decision about selling her (I know the other horse will no longer be available but I really feel like this is a new beginning and Amber really deserves one more chance not that we're at a really good place!).
Steph (my trainer) is taking us totally back to the beginning, I've done 4 lessons so far, all mostly walking and a little trotting, we're working on getting Amber off her forehand, teaching her to move properly and engage her hind end, and man I have NEVER been so sore from just walking! My last trainer kind of just had us go through the motion and never worked on getting Amber to move correctly... so Amber's been hauling herself around on her forehand the last 2 years, no wonder she fell down...
Today I went on a trail ride with my trainer before my lesson, we had to go out the road to get to the trails, and Amber has never been ridden on the road before. We encountered strange objects such has a tennis court, a swimming pool, wood piles covered in tarps, and a mail truck! Amber actually LISTENED to me, when something made her nervous and I put my leg on and told her it was ok she would relax and keep going, I think in ways we're actually starting to trust each other!
I'm taking her on our first ever hunter pace in like 3 weeks!! And I'm actually excited! Not terrfied!
Here are a couple pictures from our second week at the new barn (we've been there for 4 weeks now!) I'll try and get new ones this weekend!