Class' 2nd Ride

This stunning 6 year old sorrel 14.1 hand mare was rescued from the feedlot in May 2006. She has been started under saddle and is available for adoption to the perfect home.

Class' 2nd Ride

Postby Juliane on Tue May 29, 2007 8:37 pm

Well, I don't think it is Class' official 2nd ride, as I believe Trish rode her a few times when she had her. However, it's the second time I've ridden Class, so we'll call it her 2nd ride :P

I've been feeling the burning desire lately to take 'inventory' in all the horses on my property and get 'project plans' in place for them all. (Yea, I'm an IT geek! LOL). There is no reason that Buddy and Class haven't been adopted by now - other than that I have not been doing them any justice in the training department! Bad me! So, back in the saddle we go!

A few weeks ago, I pulled Class out to work with her. I saddled her up and took her out to the round pen. Ally stood on the sidelines, taking pictures, as I turned Class loose and started free lunging her. Class tends to turn up her energy level in leaps and bounds the minute you set her free in the round pen. I gave her no real cues to move out, yet she started racing around as quickly as she possibly could. She was a spaz!

While I felt it was ok for her to 'burn off any extra energy' she may have had, I quickly became frustrated when Class' attempts at running around, became more of a frantic effort to get out of the round pen. Even though I was still standing quietly in the enter, Class was clumsily running into the side rails, practically stepping through the boards. I was terrified she was going to hurt herself, yet any movement from me caused her to run faster.

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At this point, I turned to Ally for help - we switched places and she entered the round pen. She was able to halter her after a few moments and then worked quietly with her, sending her out, yet expecting her to quietly move away instead of leaping.

I was only able to stay for a short while as I had to head to drill practice, so I wasn't able to watch the entire session that Ally had with Class, but from the sounds of it, she was able to get through to Class fairly quickly.

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I kept Class' last session in mind as I pulled her out this evening. I didn't want a repeat, yet wanted to expand on what Ally had worked with her. I did not turn Class loose as soon as we were in the round pen, but instead worked on sending Class out in a small circle around me, in both directions. It took her about 10 minutes to understand that I was not asking her to race around me, and to respond with the same amount of energy in which I was requesting of her.

Pretty soon, I was able to send her around the round pen, on the lunge line, in both directions, at a controlled walk and trot. It was SO nice to see Class waiting for my request, gauging my energy, and then responding appropriately! (THANKS ALLY!).

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Once I was feeling confident that I had Class' attention on the ground, I decided to try riding her. I stepped into the saddle and leaned over her back. She had no reactions, other than to take a step to rebalance herself. What a good girl!

I stepped down and then mounted up. The thing I like the most about Class is that she has NO fear of me or my actions :) It's almost strange to work with a green horse that isn't fearful of saddle work! Once mounted, I asked her to back up. She was light and responsive and immediately took a few steps back.

I then asked her to move forward, which she responded to with another few steps before stopping. We did the typical greenie walking and stopping intermittantly, though towards the end, she was really starting to get it and was walking forward easily.

I find it most ironic that for a horse that is so rambunctious (or can be) on the ground, she is quite the lazy plug under saddle! I suppose I should be grateful for that, eh? LOL!

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Class did so well tonight that I hope to put more rides on her as soon as possible. She's certainly ready for a job and enjoyed the attention!

(P.S. Don't mind the skimpy clothing - it was almost 90 degrees here today and I was wilted! :P)
Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby tmoore on Wed May 30, 2007 7:59 am

Juliane - she looks great under saddle and so happy! You are doing an awesome job with her. Ally, it is so cool to see you working with these rescues and helping Juliane...you guys make a great team together!
p.s. is that your pony boy halter on her?
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Postby cat_67 on Wed May 30, 2007 8:35 am

She is so cute. You guys know me and my love for red mares!
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