I've been getting ready for the trim clinic coming up on the 19th and I desperately needed some new tools. My Hoofjack won't be arriving until Monday, but yesterday the stuff I ordered from NC Tool showed up. They have a lot of supplies to choose from and they shipped to me really quickly. I also like how they color coordinated my stuff. LOL
I also received my new wool pad this morning from FedEx. It was nice of them to deliver before I went out to the barn. I had a tough time deciding on a pad because I wanted wool, but I didn't want something that was 32x32. I have a horse with a really short back and a saddle with a 26" skirt... I don't need 6" of extra pad hanging out everywhere. Classic Equine and 5 Star pads were out because of size, but I found a square "barrel pad" from Smith Brothers that was 28x30 so I went ahead and ordered it. I was worried it might be a little too small, but I think it fits her just right. The saddle fits on the pad and she's not running into it with her hips.
|No more ugly, black, giant saddle pad!|
|Someone needs to fix that mane... she looks like an orphan!|
She did really well with all the cantering, but she's not quite ready for self-carriage. If I hold her together and keep her shoulders up, she'll give me a really pretty lope, but if I let her go to canter as she likes, she gets strung out and speeds it up. The circles help out quite a bit, though, and she's doing fantastic. I'm so proud of my girl!
Our gate work was outstanding today, too. She's learning to be more patient and to wait for me to tell her where to put her feet next... it's a miracle! I think this might help with our other issue regarding pushing objects too. At first she didn't want to get close to the gate and no matter how much I asked her to step sideways, she'd only get so close before stopping. Now she nearly smashes my leg into the gate when I ask her to move closer! It seems to be teaching her that objects that appear stationary can actually move. :)