How about an update on Francie, our little rescue horse? She certainly has come a long way since Thanksgiving. I'd still like to see her put more weight on, and am hoping that as the grass gets more green with spring she will.
I have been getting on Francie lately, after her lunging session. She gets nervous. All we do is walk around the arena slowly. I do lots of reassuring. This picture is from the third time I got on her. She wasn't having the best day. It was very windy, and she was all hormonal from her first heat cycle. She had spazzed out a bit when I first tried to get on. I backed off, reassured, calmed her down and tried again. That's my approach to training. Slow and steady. There are other methods that are quicker, but this is what I prefer. As we walked around the arena, I could sense that her every nerve was on edge. Usually she calms down from my voice, but she didn't so much on this day. I hoped that the neighbors wouldn't go flying by on motorcycles, as they tend to do sometimes; it wouldn't have had a good outcome. Fortunately, they didn't. I kept the lesson short, gave her lots of praise, and hopped down. You can see me petting her neck in this picture.
Isn't it awesome to see how much she has progressed from the sick and unhandled horse she was last November?