Day 195 Roxy
I went for a ride today.
I actually managed to make myself leave the house and head out to the horses early in order to be able to go for a ride. I started off the day with just doing some grooming and it looks like the flies and mosquitos have come out, so it's time to get some bug spray. So far they seem to like Roxy the most lol.
After the grooming, I tacked up Roxy. She's getting with the saddle, though still isn't impressed by it. When I went to put the bridle on, she was determined to keep her mouth shut. She didn't take her head away or anything, just kept her mouth shut. So I figured I wouldn't make her wear it for the ride, but made sure she still took it and wore it for a while so that she didn't think I'd just drop it when she said no. I let her wear it as I went to grab an old hackamore. When I went to take the bridle off, she again wouldn't open her mouth and just held onto the bit lol. So after letting her just hold the bit for a minute or two, she finally dropped it and I slipped on the hackamore. Turns out, it doesn't fit her shape despite the different adjustments I made to it. So I ended up going with just her halter.
Once grooming and tacking up was done, I lunged her a bit to help get her initial bit of energy out since she always acts like it's time to race around in the past when I'd hop on her. She ended up being fairly lazy on the lunge line and we only did it for maybe 5 or so minutes before I attached some reins to the halter and hopped up on her. For the second time, she actually stood calmly and didn't try walking off as soon as I got on. We walked around a bit which she did pretty good with, so then I encouraged her to trot. That's where we hit some snags. She started off decently, but after a few steps, she'd start wanting to go faster and throwing a fit of a fit again. This time though, instead of making her do a sharp turn that would result in us stopping, I did a gradual circle around one of the trees and she settled down, so then I got us going straight again.
We went straight for a little bit and then she started to get excited again, so I got her to start moving around in another circles in the opposite direction which helped to get her settled down again. It wasn't hard to get her to slow down to a walk and she'd walk around nicely enough. We did another one or two bouts of trotting and circles and stopping as well. This ride was definitely an improvement from the last since we actually had a few successful trotting moments which was really nice.
One thing that I think has helped, is that I've been working her inside the field where she's comfortable. Once we get things ironed out in the field and things are going smoothly, then we'll work on riding around the front yard. Once good there, we'll start working on going off the property. I'm just glad that we're finally starting to make some progress, and that I also seem to be calming down. I had barely any shaking today when I went to mount which is a huge improvement since a few weeks ago, all I had to do was think about riding her and I'd start shaking like a leaf. So I think all in all, both Roxy and I are doing better. Ren
Didn't really do too much with her. She just observed Roxy and I a lot while I rode around. At one point, I stopped Roxy near her and at first she was a little unsure, but then she approached and sniffed my foot and I was able to lean down and rub her head a bit. Once she realized it was just me and nothing bad was going on, she relaxed and enjoyed the head scratches until Roxy and I moved off again.
She was a little turd with the grooming bin though. When Ren gets curious about something, she has to paw it. And that's what she did with the bin. She made it flip over and send the grooming supplies flying around. She didn't care that it hit her or that stuff had gone flying, she just went about sniffing it all and would occassionally still paw at it. She did this another two times until I finally just chased her off. She came back around again, but didn't try pawing it anymore, though still sniffed at everything lol.