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Fun next: I rode Shyloh in just her halter! This halter is one that I Frankensteined together from two halters that she broke.
She was amazingly responsive and super good. Yes, we were in the back part of the barn, which is very small, not to mention that a ton of room was taken up by a giant Shire. But Shy was awesome. She backed for me with no issue (she hates backing) and carted me around. Whenever I wasn't balanced, she would hesitate until I was. Reba even backed into her a few times and she didn't care. . .although Reba's size does not seem to bother her in the least. . .
|From Plow Days. . .Shy refused to move, no matter how many times Reba backed into her.|
I was so proud of my pony! I had decided to give it a try on a whim. Terry was there with me, just in case. I cliped some reins on her halter, stepped up on the mounting block and just sat for a while. Shy was nibbling at some hay that was left around. But when I asked her to walk, she did. And when I asked her to move her hind end over, she did. She even did a little spook (more of a flinch) once, but her feet never moved. And this was the most relaxed she has been while I was on her back, probably ever.
Now, would I do this in an open field? Not any time soon! But it is fun to know I can walk around a small-ish area with no problem. Maybe when the ground unfreezes we will graduate to the round pen.
This is significant because there was a point where even getting on Shy was an issue. She was the master of swinging her hind end out of reach from the mounting block. And that was once I got her to the block and she didn't freak out because I was taller than her. Then, once on, Shy would tense up and hold her breath. Seriously, the horse would not breath in anticipation of whatever was going to happen next. The slightest move or bump on her would have her scooting forward at top speed. Now, it was just a few feet forward, but if you were adjusting yourself, you are not prepared for the speed or intensity of this scoot. Shy is now able to easily handle me popping up quick on the mounting block, swinging a leg over her, and moving around on her back.
I even got a trademark Shy smile when I was up there. Even better, I felt fine up there. I wasn't curled into a fetal position or tense myself. I really need to trust this pony more. When I got off, Shy actually put her head next to me, like a snuggle, which I will interpret as "I did a good job! We are awesome!"