Project La Prima has been under way for less than 7 weeks.
While it’s easy to get stuck looking at just how little we are able to do well under saddle, here is a list of the things that she can do really good by now.
She has gained a lot of trust. Settled in nicely – there’s no question she’s become a very pleasurable horse to handle. Can she get going in the right direction in dressage? I don’t know.
Nothing impressive here, but I am proud of how far she’s come:
- Lead nicely in halter only, paying attention
- Easy to catch in pasture
- Blanketing, no walking off
- Tacking up, standing still
- Standing calm in cross-ties, unsupervised, both before and after work
- Lifting all four hooves immediately, not pulling back (this was a big one, as she both threw herself on the ground and reared up on me the first days of working with this.)
- Grooming, all areas touched
- Bridle willingly, no games or head shaking
- Stand for clippers on legs and tail
- Mane pulling
- Bathing (next step to work on is backing straight into washrack)
- Booting up on a four legs
- Stand for farrier trim (Hot shoeing is a work in progress)
- Take dewormer
- Mounting, immobile before and after
- Ride out in large grass field alone and on the property, relaxed
- Hand walking over obstacles