As much as I would like to abide by this:
New years day I went out to sneak in a ride on Miss Tillie to find her just a muddy mess. No biggie,
I decided it would be a great day for a spa day and clean out my tack area so it wasnt such a cluster of messiness. Much to my dismay I found Tillie threw a hind shoe after only a few days after being shod.
|Oh hey...that expensive shoe is lost in the mud somewhere out there.|
While waiting, fellow blogger Emma was also hanging out and offered to help me work on my December goal of getting Tillie to self load! I should make these first quarter goals and add to them, but hey we are starting to cross some off!
Learn how to ride in double reins in the pelham
- Ride at least 4x per week despite work being nutty this month
Convince Emma to show me how teach me and Tillie to self load
- Improve auto/crest release
- Get Tillie more maneuverable in canter
I let Emma take over since I havent ever gone through this process before and Tillie was a quick study...She tends to be a bit nervous about the backing out of the trailer, especially with the step, so I opted to use Emmas trailer for this session.
|Tillie sniffing everything|
We started slow and let her sniff and check things out to set the tone and keep things low key. The goal for today was to get her front feet on and whoa, back off and be able to fully load, fully back out and possibly even back out and whoa with only the front feet on. We knew the backing and waiting would be harder with her dislike for backing out but she moved through everything else so nicely we were able to work on it briefly.
The only thing she has a tendency to do, which we think is from nerves, it back out crooked where shell step down and turn her butt to the outside of the trailer. That will need some work, but she was getting much straighter by the end.
I got to test out this a bit by saturday which Ill post in a later blog this week!