I trust that everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday, and that we’re all slowly easing back into things. We even took a vacation (gasp) and went to the river on Saturday and Sunday! We slack. I’m aware. But all work and no play, make this cowgirl cranky. I jest, I jest!
Yesterday, we were back to our regularly scheduled programming. Sunday, as my present to myself for America’s Birthday, I went to the pasture that morning, and caught my pretty 2yo filly Dolce. Some of you will remember when she was born, and how excited I was. I cannot tell you how long it seems to be from the time you breed your mare, to the time they foal (it’s an 11mo gestation period, in case you’re wondering), and then comes the excruciating wait for them to be big enough and old enough to ride.
Since I had my filly around to play with when she was a baby, she is well halter-broke, and super friendly. She figures anytime we come to the pasture we more often than not, have feed with us, so she came over to see us when we arrived. I caught her, and 5 minutes later had her in the trailer. Keep in mind, that since she’s been weaned at about 7mos, I haven’t touched her other than to see her in the pasture.
I gave her a few minutes to settle in and then went to playing with her. About 20 minutes, and some flagging later (I promise to explain flagging at some point this summer), she was ready to saddle. Quiet, unconcerned, and standing better than a lot of saddle horses we get in to ride (for other people), she let me saddle her and go right to more ground-work. I didn’t get to throw a leg on her this day, as we planned to be at the river, and I ran out of time, but manana is the word of the day, everyday, here, so Monday would be the magic day.
So yesterday rolls around, and I saddle her, move her out at the walk, trot and lope, and then climb on like I’m climbing on her mama. It could not have gone better! She’s willing, soft and tries really hard. By soft I mean that she follows a feel- so I don’t have to pull her, I can guide her with the float in my lead-rope, as we make the first few rides in a halter so as not to mess up what God put in the horse naturally.
Here’s three short videos of our ride. Enjoy!
I know what I’ll be doing today, and I bet you can guess too! Have a good one!