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A plan for Class

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:26 pm
by Juliane
I spent a quick session with Class tonight, right after working with Teddie. It is so funny to me to go from one horse that really does the best with a quiet, calming and reassuring approach - and then to work with a horse like Class, who seems to work best if I give her clear and direct boundaries, and keep her busy. Class makes me laugh - she kind of reminds me of a kid with ADD. She's always got to be doing something, yet isn't always able to stay focused on what she's doing.

She is VERY smart and very quick to learn. She's got a very strong foundation of groundwork, so will be very easy to get going under saddle. Tonight, I took her out to the round pen and free lunged her for a bit. She was happy to move out and certainly didn't have a lack of energy! :P

After a short bit, I had her stop. Without haltering her, I saddled her up. She kept wanting to walk away to graze or check something out, but a quick reminder with my hand on her neck was enough to bring her back or make her stand. She tends to get a little pushy on the ground if she gets bored, so this is something I think we need to work on. She's got a great sense of humor though!

She had no issues with me saddling her up and then sending her off to lunge again. Saddling her definitely seems to be 'old hat'. Since it was getting dark, I didn't want to ride tonight, but think I will go ride her tomorrow.

When we were done with the lunging/saddling session, I took her into the barn and introduced her to some clippers. She didn't seem too bothered by them and was fairly agreeable to letting me give her a bridle path, clip her muzzle (though that tickled her alot and she had a hard time keeping her lips still), and then clipping the tufts of hair that were sticking out of her ears. What a cute-o!

So, I think the plan at this point, after being reassured that she really isn't missing any holes in her groundwork, is to just get her going under saddle. She's ready and she should be easy! :)

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