- Hobble lessons.
- Tie the horse up and teach her some patience.
- Board her with a goat on another property (kidding....).
- Serious work sometime on trotting intervals and walk/trot transitions. She wants to canter, canter, gallop. Granny wants to trot, and walk, and trot some more. She has a nice little canter, but she also has a not so good buck if you transition that gait before about mile six or so, and she knows FULL well what she is doing. The bucking thing was the primary reason miss speckle puss was sold I have no doubt of that. So far I've ridden it out, but have come very very close to losing my seat twice now.
- RESPECT. I've done a lot of the "warm and fuzzy" training stuff with Journey, trying to gain her confidence and trust. So far that has been an absolute fail. She "enjoys" it, and I feel there is a place for that, we want to be buddies with our horses, but we also don't want them to eat our lunch. So I may have to use a different tactic with her and her little temper. The calm "Zen" work has helped ME though...and has helped her ground manners a LOT. Under saddle... a bit more boot camp oriented ...maybe. I'm still thinking and completely undecided on the approach of that process.
- Trailer Loading. It has improved, but definitely some more lessons in that area. It bugs me that she wants to turn around and go under the divider. Either would be a major train wreck. Ironically, her previous owner said that was her best attribute and she did indeed self load at prepurchase. So more sessions on loading for sure.
My mare is way greener than I anticipated.
So how close to an actual ride are we?
I live in mortal fear and dread of Karen's next training installment (actually I'm thrilled with them) as they have opened my eyes to how not ready my spotted wonder is. I thank her for that. The articles helped me to see and test things that I may have taken for granted otherwise.