So, I made a plan.
To make the trailer her safe and desirable place, I decided to start putting her in it whenever I work with the others. (I had a trainer who used to do the same. She'd ride a horse and then tie it in her stock trailer to rest. Brilliant.)
I did a few things to make it extra safe: 1.) Tied her to a blocker tie-ring, 2.) Kept the divider open, 3.) Gave her a hay net, placed above pawing range, 4.) Stayed in the general area, just in case.
Even though the food was a snack, she was hungry, so it helped to make our first lesson a success. (In fact, I should probably start to feed her breakfast and dinner in it.)
While she was in there, I did some massage work with Cowboy, then I rode him bareback at the walk, trot and lope. Cowboy has a lot to give me still, and I have a lot to give Cowboy. (See Leah in the trailer?)
Hey, no hands and bareback, so I can film with my phone!
After Cowboy, I went to get Beautiful Girl for her 2nd day of training this week. Her first was yesterday and she was WILD. Beautiful Girl has club feet--I adopted her that way. It has kept me from doing any serious training with her. (My farrier has always said she's fine.) She does have exceptional balance and she never takes a bad step. I check her before and after for any heat or swelling, and she always stays sound. My hope is to keep going and see what she's capable of doing.
Here's a video from this morning. Personally, I think she has beautiful movement, especially being out of shape.
After working with her on the line, I took her over to the mounting trough and let her get used to me swinging my leg over her on both sides, putting my weight on her, and petting her all over. She was good for that, so I put her away after a little massage.
Finally, I got Leah out of the trailer and worked on her walk, trot and lope on the line--she still has a lot of work to do, but her body is changing more and more all the time. I will say though, there is no way I'd lope on her back until I can see her carry herself well without a rider. I did ride her bareback at the walk and trot and she did a lovely job. She's got such a loving disposition.
After her, I got Little Joe. He's a very well trained horse, but needs a tune-up in the manners department if he's going to be the perfect kid's horse. His mind is on the new herd and not so much on the people around him. That, however, is changing. We did some leading and basic ground work.
Now, I'm at work. Poor me! But tomorrow is supposed to be 61 and I'm doing a trail ride.
Oh, my new saddle came. Now, I'm just waiting for the pad and other accessories from chicksaddlery. I also ordered some leather conditioner that I'll probably apply before my first ride. This is a new adventure for me, and I have a lot to learn about English-style saddles, but my friend rides with this one, and she loves hers. (With a Cashel pad.)