Dear Husband surprised me this morning by asking if I'd like to go see my ponies?!?! Well like DUH !!! So off we headed to the barn camera in hand this time!
It's been about 3 whole weeks since Bonnie's had someone on her back, and little less then 2 since I've been on Rosie so I didn't go into this with any goals except to stay in the saddle!!!
Rosie had way too much "Git" in her "Go" from the moment her halter went on her, so her and Jim immediately headed out of the barn to work... and work.. and work. Lots of in hand and lunging. At one point she refused to move forward instead was doing hind yields, but Jim stuck with it and got her going where he wanted. I'm very proud of my city boy husband, he tries very hard and doesn't give up.
Then up I went... We had no halt and steering was like leading a toddler away from a toy store so all I did today was basics. Halts, cruising, and steering. At times I was leaned so far over to the direction I wanted I wasn't in the saddle more, but she got it.
Pretty head up, but she is a bit behind the bit.. she did lot of playing with contact and I just kept my hands in one place...
And this one is a moment of perfection. My head is up, Rosie is bending around my inside leg and she is forward with rhythm and light as a feather in my hands... We had several of these moments!
And then there is Bonnie... Washing Machine gaited today... in her defense today is the first time she's been ridden since her bad trim job. She is not lame in any gait, not tender footed on gravel drive and her sole is flat. I'm having her shod next time farrier is out.
Today I did not want any contact with the bit unless she did it, I just wanted forward... I rarely got it. She was seriously short striding, or rushing..
And better... but notice how far forward my hand is? Bad on my part...