Here is the end of the week look...much like last weekend when my sis and I rode. I MADE myself leave the house and go to the mare's place; as I was about as foggy inside me as it was outside me!
I hooked up the trailer, and repositioned it for loading my mare. She has NOT been trailered for 4 months. I wondered how she would feel about walking in with me~WHOOP!!!
Wa mare walked right into the trailer, with absolutely no hesitation. What a good girl!
Then, she stood as I hooked up her rope to the blocker tie.
We arrived and my sister was all ready to go...Wa and I went into the familiar barn to put the Bareback Saddle and bridle on...we were off shortly, walking down another familiar place.
Wa was hesitant, like she always is with her hoof boots on, going down this road. I really dislike hoof boots...but untill I can buy a case of EASYWALKER shoes, I am stuck with them!
Last year, the first time the mare and I tried the Easy Walkers Shoes out...her walk was so swingy and free-at this exact spot-it confirmed to me that the hoof boots caused her hesitations.
Pantz and my siss took the lead, since Wa was going slow...you can see how she felt about that!
We made this a light ride day with tons of training. Me being in back mostly, since Wa has issues with her competitive mode.
I would do leg yields and halts. I insisted on her being square as we halted and sometimes rein back...if she sometimes has problems standing in wait. She is always anticipating the NEXT MOVE!
You can see how Hazy/ Foggy it was out. A bit a of heavy drizzle too.
It was good to be outside...after I got there, I thought.
Wa was good mostly, except when she thought she wanted to head a certain way. She knows these roads and trails well and has strict opinions of them! When she wishes to go a certain path or road, she'll speed up, as she approaches and bend that way. So my sister had me "BORE HER WITH SOME DETAILS"...we trotted on by, walked on by, halted and reversed on by and a bit of circling on by...till she did not look. She soon got my boring drift!
Good girl Wa mare~
It was much more difficult to keep her at a distance for the ride home. We did all the same tactics...but she tested my resolve, every chance she got.
The driveway was the most challenging..she really wanted to go back to the barn and I know not to ask for much near this barn. She has exploded before, though I do think that was a saddle fit issue I have since resolved(no saddle yet).
My sister wanted to see her worst..and well, she did!
We decided to trot by the drive..woo..the race was ON! Wa thought it fun to be all uppity and my sis was telling me to roll back on my rear ( I know it to be the "Pelvic Push") to give her room to meet me...a-NO-Go on the meeting place..she was so UP and Hollow..it was like being on a trampoline! I started to laugh it up, there wasn't much else I could do at that moment, as she really was propelling me up!
Of Course,we tried it again and again..it got better and better, but once she attempted to root the reins from my hands...and canter in place.
My sis was surprised with this move...but this athletic mare is surprisingly strong/ balanced and I know she is capable of so much beauty...I really wish to harness it and have it be controlled and fun for her "when I Ask"! Sometime in the future, I hope to~
Driving home again, I thought of all my blogger friends that have
gotten hammered with tons of snow/ice. Hang In there...the Roman hedgehog and the American Ground hog -predict only 2 more weeks of winter!! Go-go-go small rodents!!
We had a sunny week last week (while I worked inside). Still made me feel good when I looked out the window, but I thought...drat!
Here is one of my favorite phone shots of the mare-
I call it "Stall Peeking"~ She never tries to open the door any farther, she just looks out to me as I put equipment away and yes...bring her apples and carrots to munch as a treat!
See you soon wa mare~