By now you've all probably guessed, I got the best case scenario with Bee. After unloading her from the trailer and walking her around to familiarize herself with the area, we went to the round-pen.
She was tuned and listening.
Next, we went to the obstacle course. The labyrinth was first, and we walked through, then backed through it. She was trying very hard to listen to my gentle asks. She trusted me, even when she couldn't see where she was going.
This was followed by the ladder. Perfect on the first try. No balking, no stepping out, no panicking. I've never had a horse go through it like that before on the first try.
(This video was taped the following Monday, but it is exactly the same as she did it Friday.)
Sidepassing over a log...almost perfect.
The tire...and this one freaks most horses out or, AT LEAST, gives them pause.
Again, PERFECT. I asked her to step up, and she didn't hesitate or act in the slightest concerned.
It went on and on like that at every obstacle! She was freakishly willing to do anything I pointed her to.
We hiked up steep hills and trails--
We practiced tying to trees.
But this boy over here needs to be taught some manners. I'm going to scoot on over and threaten him.
Or, flirt with him. Whatever!
It sent so well, I couldn't wait to get her back down there on Monday where I was meeting friends and setting up a sort of day camp.
We did all of the obstacles again--with no problem--and then we ponied in the arena (picture at top of page.) She was awesome!
So good, in fact, that we decided to hit the trails.
Beautiful ponied through water, and other obstacles, like a pro. Cowboy, on the other hand, started to jig and jig, jig, jig all the way home, proving that even the seasoned horses have their moments.
My girl, Bee, was acting like an old, broke horse. She was waiting her turn to be worked.
She was standing tied while we had lunch.