Recon

So it was time to do some recon. I found out that Rosa was briefly trained by a friend of mine. She let me know that the mare has been ridden and even galloped, but because she is small and has a short stride (and the tb economy was down when she was in training) they decided not to continue with her.

So the good news is that she has been ridden and also had “no buck”.

Meanwhile, I agree that she is short strided, especially in trot in front. She looks like her shoulders are stuck. So I emailed Amy Thalacker (vet, chiro, acupuncturist) who can look at Rosa on Wednesday when I will be teaching at her barn.

I need to shoot video of how she moves now. I am hopefully that she can be unstuck.

Saddle up

So Rosa was in her stall most of the day because the horses were locked in the barnyard because we got a lot of rain and I didn’t want them to tear up the pasture. I got Rose out of her stall, put her in the cross ties and groomed her. She was good in the cross ties, but a little goofy about her hind feet, which will come along. I put a saddle on her on a lark and she was completely unimpressed. I lunged her with the saddle and she was quite fine with it. Her canter is better than it was the first time, her trot is very short up front.

Then, since we had the truck and trailer hitched up anyway, I decided it was trailer loading practice day. She followed me right on the trailer the first time and turned around and walked off when asked. Yay! I praised her and asked her to do it again. This time she jumped into the trailer, knocking me a bit and getting some feedback about that. (Not much, just a “hey, don’t run me over”) Then we settled, and turned around and I walked off. Alone. And it started to rain. And she couldn’t figure out how to drop down off the step up trailer. Eddie, who had been loaded in the front slot of the trailer, was now getting antsy and quite ill behaved. So Jay led him off through the escape door. Somehow Eddie, in the process, scraped up the backs of his hind legs, on the tendons. Not seriously, but enough. Still the mare is standing on the trailer, but when she sees Eddie and Jay walking back to the barn she thinks that getting off now is a good idea. The rain and her poop has made the matts slick. She tries to bound off the trailer and slips and sort of blobs out of the trailer, landing on her feet, but oddly so. She is fine and with the rain still falling, we will return to that process another day. The problem is the step up, not the trailer itself. Must have always had a ramp.

Then I led her back through the roll up doors to the indoor. They are scary doors, so I spend 20 minutes opening and closing them to show her that it is just a noise, not meant for her. She figures that out and done for the day.

Lunging

I did a little EquineLine.com research and found out she never raced. Maybe she was in race training through. I FB friended her breeder, so maybe I can get information that way. At any rate, we aren’t guaranteed that she has been backed. So, we started at the bottom with in hand work. She is a little clunky to handle, just clueless, but not malevolent. But she has to learn to be polite and light in the hand for in hand work first. We did some of that and then went on to lunging, which obviously she has done before. Her circles aren’t round, but she understands the basic concept and is indeed sound (thank you God!) and has two leads (bonus). The right is better than the left, but the left isn’t bad.

After our session, I turned her out with Luke in the paddock. She slipped and fell in the mud, in slo-mo. Then she stayed on the ground and I believe she was slightly bemused, and a little glaring at me. We might have a princess on our hands. She got up, completely unscathed, and walked off.

The flies were horrendous, due to coming storms, and when I went to check her half an hour later she was in the run in, stamping her feet wildly, wide-eyed and hyperventilating. These redheads do have more sensitive skin and the flies tend to love them. I brought her in, put a flysheet and flywraps on her and sprayed her with fly spray and put her in a stall. She calmed down very quickly, except when I asked her to move with the fly wraps on, which caused a stamping fit, especially in back. I let her work it out, and she did. Charming little mare.

Rosa comes to Field Day

I drove to OMA to meet with Deb Robinson to pick up Rosa. Deb was in fine spirits and managed a good temper even when it took us 1.5 hours to load Rosa into the trailer, with the help of Deb’s horse Pete, who feasted on delicious hay in the trailer while he provided his calming influence about being on a trailer to Rosa.

She trailered home beautifully, and was a bit hesitant to offload when we got home. Made me giggle a little, because after 6 hours round trip of driving and an hour and half loading, I would have laughed out loud if I ended up leaving her in the trailer overnight, with a bucket of water and some hay, which for a micro-second, I considered. But, after just a brief hesitation, she jumped off and went in a stall and hung out, cool as a cucumber.