Friday night I just hung out with Willow, grooming her and trying on tack. She seemed pretty happy and was settling in well. Saturday morning I headed back out to NDF to go for a ride. She was anxious while I tacked her up and was moving around quite a bit. I opted to put her on the lunge line for a few minutes before getting on. It was nice to watch her move and to see what her reaction was going to be to things. From what I can tell, she just puts her head up and gives things a good look. I can handle that! When I went to get on she was wiggling all over. I finally put her between the wall and the mounting block. Once on, she felt tense but started to relax the longer I rode. When I finished riding her I got off but stayed in the arena talking to a friend. I sat on the mounting block and Willow decided to take a little nap behind me...she had relaxed a lot!
Today she came in to the barn totally calm. She stood quietly while I got her ready and I skipped right by the lung line. Part way through our ride I got her connected and nicely on the bit. It was like we were finally speaking the same language, and I had a different horse. She's really fun; forward thinking and willing. It was really neat to catch a glimpse of where we will end up. Now I'm just trying to find a saddle that fits her. My close contact saddle seems like it might pinch her just a bit. April's dressage saddle doesn't sit quite right and wants to tip forward. April has a wintec all purpose saddle that I'm going to try. From just sitting it on her I think it's the best fit so far.
|Roz's "Dark Jewel Designs" brow band fits her. Yah!|