As Emi progress in her training I see glimpses of what I expect her to be like when she's all grown up...and I'm loving it! Tonight we attached an outside side rein (loosely) and then added the inside sliding lunge line. She had moments were she was put together a little bit and she's so darn cute! She handled the new pressure quite well. There were no explosions just a few times where she came against the bit and thought about stopping. With a little encouragement from me she popped back into the trot and continued on her way. She was easier to lunge both directions with the help of a stabilizing outside rein, so that was cool. She's also getting pretty good with bridling and un-bridling...you can tell she understands what that's all about.
The one thing I'm not loving about her is that she is still a nervous in the barn. I really notice it when the other horses are being brought in from the pasture and she's tied in her stall but I also see it when I'm tacking her up. She's pretty still when I'm right with her but if I walk away, even to grab a new brush right outside her stall, she dances around and seems anxious. It's not out of control by any means and I do leave her to do things, grab my saddle etc. I'd just like to see her a bit more settled. Generally as soon as I take her out and put her to work she's great and when I bring her back to the barn after working her she's really good. I'm going to try her on the supplement ExStress for a while. I know she's a kid and she's been at the barn less than 2 months so it's not unreasonable that she is not completely settled but since it has come highly recommended to me and I feel like it "can't hurt my help" it's worth a shot. I'm curious to see if I notice any change.