About a month ago one of my Mom's old students contacted me saying she would be in the area this weekend and she wanted to come to our barn. So after doing the appies feet, her Mom dropped her off to spend the day with us. It was like the time we had not seen her had not even happen. We quickly settled into conversation while grooming the horses. The only horse she knew from before was DaVinci and she saw how different he is now. He was roaming the barn while I groomed him and they worked on the girls. Kathleen was so impressed with how quiet he stayed. Once we sorted out what tack each horse would use, we all tacked one horse. I figured I would have to put DaVinci into his stall, but he stood still as I put his saddle on. Then he followed me, waited for me to put my helmet on before putting on his bridle. Five years ago, he would become stiff and nervous if we even approached him with tack so the change was wonderful. He and I walked out to the arena with a step ladder so we would be able to switch horses later.
Kathleen started out on Dottie. Dottie can read people well and would give us a good idea as to where her skill level is now.
|Dottie was already relaxing|
Now she was ready to try Rosemary. If her stiffness did not relax, Rosemary would not give her that big wonderful walk so this would be telling. Rosemary is also good at recognizing who is riding her and behaves for new people.
|Kathleen and Rosemary|
|Not bad for her first ride :)|
Then it came time for Kathleen's final exam: DaVinci. We told her he is sensitive and that tension would not go well with him.
|Kathleen and DaVinci|
|See her shoulders and inside rein|
My horses were wonderful during the round robin and never got cranky. We let them all munch on their hay while we took Roscoe out to work. He was so quiet we had to look to make sure he had not been possessed. Kathleen was impressed as he figured out going over 3 trot poles for the first time and when we let him loose to move around. He of course put on his cutest face and gained another admirer. Winston showed his talent at clearing a hay bag and his cute face.
|He was chewing on his bit in every picture|
As we walked her back to the barn we saw a bunch of vehicles taking up the drive way. There was just enough room to unhook her from the cart. Once we turned the horses out, then came the fun part. I had to move our truck so my mom could drive my car through the barn. The guests' cars had us completely blocked in and the only way to leave was to go through the pastures. I told Kathleen we were showing her the scenic route out of the barn. Luckily the horses were too busy eating and did not try to go through the gates with the car.
What an end to a wonderful day. My horses were super, well behaved and happy. Man, what a high.