Wednesdays are lesson days where I trailer over Savvy, but this time I asked if I could bring Shiraz along instead.
I have been wanting to take her over to the indoor all summer and it just never seemed to work out.
She loaded sceptically but politely and proceeded to paw while I loaded up the kidlets in the truck. On the highway she was a saint - I didn't feel her move a hoof the entire way there. Refreshing difference from Savvy who trailers like a wind-up monkey toy.
Once there, she had to stand in the trailer while I took my equipment and kids up to the barn and she was fantistic. No pawing or stomping around. Her walk up to the barn was a bit snorty, but nothing terrible and then we headed into the barn for grooming and tack up.
|When you give your phone to an 8-year-old and ask them to take pictures of your ride...|
I brought my saddle, lounge line and horsemanship stick. My plan was to do a full groundwork sesion with the saddle on. I wanted to give her a positive first outing with tons of carrots and keep her focused on me to show her I was her leader no matter what was going on around us.
She was a star! She was interested in her surroundings, but completely capable of focusing on tasks and calm about the whole thing. Coach was there so after half an hour of awesome, I asked if she could give us a mini lesson and I hopped up!
We did simple small circles, figure-eights, stops and turns on the forehand.
If this is how she is at 3 years old her first time on an outing, I do believe I have one amazing horse.
Complete with 8-year-old commentary.
All in all, it was the kind of day I really needed and I can't wait to take her out again. :)