We also worked on stopping straight, I know if I keep my cow leg on her when we stop she will think of turning in but won't cause my leg is there, its just hard for me cause when I think stop I think take legs off, but Doug said its quite common for them to like that close feeling so they know what always going on and as soon as I move that leg she goes into the turn. Gonna have to keep practicing that till it becomes habit.
Was a good lesson, made me feel like something got accomplished. And got a plan to work cows twice before the show on the 25th that I am hopefully going to.
Friday was a beautiful day so we rode outside again, this time I made Jess open the gate to the hay corral and we rode out towards the cows. I find she is way better opening the gate if its on her left side but I am so awkward going that way so we practiced the other way that's easier for me.
There is still quite a bit of snow out there and so we stayed on the trail but even though that seems packed down by the tractor it really isn't for a horse. She would walk and every four or five steps fall through. She didn't really like it and I don't blame her so I tried to pick where it was shallowest and looked hardest. We made it most of the way to the cows, there was one more deep spot and so we just turned around before it. Then stopped to talk to Neil for a bit and he was welding and he said he was gonna scare my pony with his alien head and put his mask on and walked up to her and she just looked at him like "wheres the cookies" lol. Then we tried to walk down the road and we got to the bare spot where the grader had plowed to the ground and she was looking at it like what is that??? haha guess its been snowy so long she doesn't remember what the ground looked like. But after much sniffing she decided it was OK to walk on, lol. It got a little slippery after that so we headed back. Was a nice ride out though probly the best one of the winter.
(love my tall horse, lol)
Also been counting on these as my horsemanship challenge, so far am up to 8 rides and 5 hours 45 minutes with Jessie. And even though not doing the challenge with Kali I have 5 rides and only 1 hour 45 minutes. Wow guess those 20 minute rides don't count up very fast should ride her longer I guess...good thing I got Jess as my challenge horse gonna get 30 rides and 40 hours in by end of March for sure on her and hopefully on Kals too.