Does walking around in circles on foot count for my mileage.. cause that is all I have been doing lately. Gamer is progressing nicely with some things, but we have a long way to go in overcoming her past. Nice that I don't have any sort of deadline, as she is not going to be one of those broke-in-30-days kind of horses.
Working with her has been very interesting, as the things that normally send greenies over the edge (like being girthed for the first time) are a non-event.. but she is still terrified of the saddle pad or anything else touching her. I have been doing tons of sacking out, and she is progressing.. but wow. Makes me sad to think what has happened to her before to make her so scared now.
Little clip of her working in the round pen today, wearing the surcingle for the first time:
Took me 20 minutes to get the saddle pad and surcingle on her without her moving her feet (she still flinches), which is down from the hour it took me to get just the pad against her side the first day of work. On a good note, she is doing a great job responding to the halter and not just checking out when something (everything) scares her.