I took Cowboy out for a ride today--hoping to take advantage of what may be our last nice day for the next week. Beautiful was really excited and just went nuts bucking around her run--all four feet off the ground several times. A lot of head tossing, rearing--having fun, being a baby. (Oh yeah, she's not a baby anymore--he he).
When I got back, it was her turn. I went and haltered her (with Andrea's wonderful creation--I love that thin halter--lots of control!!) and led her to the round pen.
From there, I did something she'd never had done--I lunged her on a long line. I had decided to do that rather than free lunge because I feel I have more control.
At first she was a little confused and mad. She bucked like crazy, but as long as she was moving along in her circle, I didn't care. It didn't take long for her to settle down.
Then we practiced going the other way--whoaing--turning in---and switching directions. At the very last, when I was letting her rest, I tossed the lead rope all over her from both sides and practiced tying her up.
All and all, she did pretty good for what may have been her first "big girl" lesson.
One thing I was very impressed with while watching her run those circles today, was how far she had come with balance. When I first got her, her feet were so awkward, she had a hard time running right. Today she got down low and dug in those heels--she was a regular Speedy Gonzales. She might not be very tall, but boy can she run circles. She's come a long way.