Because of our ridiculous weather, the indoor has been snowed/iced-in and I haven’t been able to get down there to do much with Rosie. With this recent thaw, I’m hopeful the weather is on the turn and heading for more Spring-like weather and we can get into a routine. The snow is almost all melted and the footing wasn’t too bad so I took her out for a quick lunging session. Rosie did really well with all her cues and seems to like to work.
Before the snow, I was able to get her down to the indoor to get her accustomed to it
. She seemed interested and
a little up, so we had to stop a few times and let her look around. It’s
hard to get a horse not knowing much about their background. I have no
idea if she’s ever been in an indoor, but she took it in stride--except for a
few “Uh-oh, what’s that!” moments, on the whole she did very well.
But the delays caused by the weather aren't such a problem in the big picture. I decided when I got Rosie that I would take my time with her and let her get adjusted at her own pace. So far everything we’ve done with her has been working toward giving her a good experience with us. Our way of thinking is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to let her acclimate to her new surroundings as long as she’s happy and she has nothing but good experiences. So in that department we’re pretty happy with how things are going. She’s getting the hang of the barn routine and fitting in better than she did in the beginning. Riding will eventually just be another part of that routine.
The one thing she does that puts a smile on my face is that whenever I go out to the fence line she will stop what she’s doing (eating) and walk over to greet me. So I think she likes it here, although, it could be she’s thinking I might have treats in my pocket…
A horse is poetry in motion.