“Master your hands and your legs to create a rectangle of support around and for the horse. He will learn you can be a resource for his safety. Sometimes a horse APPEARS to spook or act-up or doesn’t listen. A horse looks for a way out of trouble. He has all these open doors; front, sides, but you have the ability to close these doors with your hands and legs. The horse not only respects that, but craves it.” - Buck Brannaman
This was a special week for Leah and me. I don't have a round pen at home, but I felt confidant to start working with her trainer-free in the arena. That time, building trust, and today's lesson, gave me the confidence to hit the trails. The skills I learned could all be summed up in the Buck Brannaman quote above. It was all about learning how to support her.
She's still very green and I'm super green with green horses, but we mastered enough skills to keep it together out in the open spaces. The worst thing she did was break into a trot to get that forward escape, but we circled back to the trail, and she moved right back into a nice forward walk.
(Warming up in the arena at Riverside State Park)
I wanted to update you on Beautiful Girl, too. My farrier came out, but couldn't find an abscess. She did express pain around the upper portion of the frog. Her ankle is a little swollen today, but my vet said it's probably because she isn't putting weight on that foot. We're going to give it one more day to see what happens. My farrier is coming by in the morning to take another look. It could still be an abscess. She's putting more weight on it tonight than she did yesterday or earlier today.