I did take off at 4 yesterday, picked up my 21 daughter from her internship and headed home with high hopes of putting some mileage under saddle. That was as far as the hopes got. Grandson clamped on to her as soon we came through the door and wouldn't let her out of his sight. So we decided to see how Amber did on Littleman, who is a little more upbeat than Trusty under saddle. That didn't go over too well as the only saddle that we have where her feet sit the stirrups properly doesn't fit him. I'm too big for Littleman, but climbed on him bareback to get some manners sorted about reining. Worked him about 30 minutes and had him responding to my leg cues and rein movements before moving the reins more than a couple of inches.
Tied him off and got Amber on Trusty and had her walk him around the yard for about 20 minutes to get her confidence back up after being so upset about how Littleman acted with her. Then had her detack, brush him down and turn him out to pasture. After doing some more work on Littleman I sat down with her and explained that it was ok that I didn't get to go on the ride. I was glad that we got to spend time together and I love watching her ride. She thought I was PO's about not riding after taking off work to go.
The work with Littleman included walking him around the new to me trailer a few times then decided to work him on loading. Worked on that for about 15 minutes before he finally loaded all the way without backing out from half way in. Loaded him 3 times with shutting the door behind him then leaving him there for about 10 minutes each time. I pulled some grass off the ground and let him eat it while in there to get a little bit of positive association to being loaded. The 3rd time we walked by the back of the trailer and he automatically turned his head to the gate and waited for me to open the door.
All in all it was a good evening even if I got no closer to you, my dear.
I will get my focus back on the tasks at hand which are getting this other trailer out of my yard, the bog truck worked on and Jems broke. It may be the fall before I get to rack up any mileage, but I will happy to know that it was all worth it because of the adventure getting there.