So, my filly Reva has been coming along very well! She is the SWEETEST horse EVER. Seriously, she is the easiest horse to work with. No one believes she is only a three year old! Even my farrier cannot believe how easygoing she is.
Granted, she does have the occasional baby moment. Like throwing her outside water tub around. Yeah, that's great. :P I fill it up and she finds a way to dump it. Luckily she does not do that often! She has also found clever ways to remove her flymask and her orange safety vest. Pretty funny. And she likes to take things off the wall at night from her stall. Like things that she really should NOT be able to reach! LOL! But that is all trivial stuff. When it comes to her manners, both on the ground and under saddle, she is a perfect angel.
Today I brushed all three mares outside in their paddocks in the gorgeous sun. I can easily work on my older mares, Sparky and Dreamy, without a halter or lead. So when I went to groom Reva, I just walked out and started. Hmmmmm, I thought. Maybe I ought to get a halter and lead? Nah, within moments I see that she is closing her eyes and loving the attention. She was not about to move for anything. That is what I love about her. She ADORES people and getting attention. She is not "in-your-face" about it though. She is respectful, listens well, and pays close attention to your body language.
So far, I have been on her back about twelve times since August. Usually it is for 20 minutes or so, a few times closer to 30. We have walked and trotted, and even walked over groundpoles! OOOH! She easily learned to move away from leg pressure and bend her ribcage. She seems to like her French link snaffle and reaches for the bit. She wants to throw her head when we transition to the trot, but then finds the bit and is steady. She still has her drunken sailor moments under saddle at times, where she cannot seem to keep her body straight! LOL! But for a coming four year old, I am very very pleased with her progress. I keep it fun, short, and positive. She will pretty much get the winter off, save groundwork and the occasional ride if the weather is decent. I plan to start again in the spring 2010. I want to spend the year training her, maybe doing a clinic or two, taking her to an SMDA show to "school on the grounds" but not show, and maybe trucking her to my instructor's for a mini lesson or two. I just want to take my time and expose her to as much as I can.
Then the plan is to start showing her at Intro level in 2011. :)
Pretty girl! This was in Sept. getting ready to ride.
This was a cool day in October. She is fussing for me to bring her in for evening grain.
Wearing one of her many new blankets. We had a cold snap in October.
Her new stall sign!