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Nov 16, 2021
David And Haven Desensitizing, riding, and trailering are the three basic areas in which Haven and I worked on. First, we really got her used to our place. Between lessons, hippology club, and the hay business there is always something going on. After her 21-day quarantine, Haven has been brought into the barn and stalls with the lesson horses during the day. Many a rider come and pet her. We would tack her up just to test out her attitude toward girthing and bridling. She has gotten used to all the chaos inside with horses, kids, sheep, goats, and shop work. I walk her through all the different gates on the property. Outside, she is used to Fernando, our llama, and the tractor as it drives by her loading customers. She certainly has settled in. However, dressing her up for Halloween, as the Wonder Woman she is, proved to be a great test of her attitude. She passed with flying colors from the headgear, leg bracelets, gold belt, and flowing cape. Following desensitizing, the next step was to go ahead and throw a leg over. She has not shown any unwilling signs so I felt safe. Carefully, my dad helped hold her and I just got on in the stall after tacking her. Again, she did not seem to be bothered. Next, we went out to the round pen. It is a safe place to ride because horses cannot take off. My bit of choice is a snaffle. Unless there is a need for more brakes or steering assistance, I find most horses prefer it. She did not respond to neck reining so I put the reins in each hand and found she was very responsive to direct reining. Most likely because of her younger age, she has only been ridden two-handed. After a couple of times in the round pen, it was time to try the arena. She is extremely comfortable riding on the rail. She loves the trot and has a great extension. She is not balanced at the canter, so for now we will stick to trotting most of the time. I have been riding her while other horses are working in the arena. Every so often, I have taken to lunging her before I get on. This helps get her mind ready for a productive ride. Finally, the biggest hurdle in these last 30 days turned out to be trailering her. For the most part, she willingly went into the trailer for the ride home. Therefore, I did not spend any time working with her related to the trailer. However, when it was time to take her to the farrier, she refused to go into the trailer. It was a vapor-lock type of refusal. She did not rear or kick, just would not step foot in that trailer. Deciding that my lack of preparedness was not her fault, I canceled the appointment and moved it to the next week. Guess what we did that very next day? I took the time and loaded her in the trailer, then I took her out. The following days involved loading her in the trailer and taking her for a short ride. I would run to the bank or the post office and then take her out. Fortunately, her initial refusal was not mean and she easily got used to the idea of loading, hauling, and unloading just fine by the next appointment. She stood great, tied great, and lifted all her feet for the farrier. Overall, these last 30 days have been a great start to Haven and me working together safely and enjoyably. I look forward to a consistent schedule of riding her and working towards a steady improvement in our relationship together. For Halloween, she was Wonder Woman. Honestly, every day she holds this title. I am enjoying playing around in the different disciplines as I wonder what it is she has been trained to do and I wonder what she would really enjoy for her future. https://youtu.be/_yswOHZkLvU
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