Excited to be underway with backing this mare.
She is a 3 year old Andalusian Cross.
Her first time. My first time, doing it from scratch. Press start to play.
Most of the basics already there after the first week: Tying. Bathing. Blanketing. Grooming. Hours of building trust. Practicing catching in the pen. Haltering plus bridling with bit. Lifting all four feet. Standing for hoof trim. Getting shots. Hand walking alone on trail off property, without other horse. Standing still at mounting block with rider hanging over. Saddling, and most recently, accepting mounting.
As soon as the grounds are less drenched and slick from rain, lunge work will begin.
If I can do this – so can you. Happy to have you along on this odyssey!
Here is from her nature walk yesterday morning:
With a start like this, outside the arena, I can’t wait to see how she will take to an introduction to dressage later.