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Jenni O.
 #126 
Where is photo #44? My favorite!

Despite the snorting, the photos show a horse that is thinking and trying, and she looks pretty relaxed too.
Lisa B.
 #127 
Thanks girls...you are always so fun to ride with...As well as encouraging and patient. Zumbro is going to be great!
Lisa B.
 #128 

Pauli and I continue to do well together. 

 

She does like to push my buttons but I have learned to not take anything she does too seriously.  I smile and for the most part just let her work it out as I have found the more I react to her antics the more she pushes.

Her latest thing is to refuse to go across the teeter totter bridge that I built or to step in the “kiddie pool” full of water, sand, and plastic jugs/bottles.  She’s not afraid of either of these obstacles, just decides she doesn’t want to cooperate.  We work on it until she at least gives me a sincere effort.  She is quite treat motivated so often times she’ll do something if she’s going to get something for it (a sense of fairness??).

 

The pictures attached are from a couple of evenings ago.  She’s all cleaned up and ready for the saddle and a little arena time and then a nice walk around our 40 acres.  I decided to try something different on her that day and not use a bridle but just the halter you see her wearing in the pictures.  I am always concerned that I rely too much on the reins and get heavy handed so I thought this might be a nice experiment.  All I can say is that she was perfect…responsive, relaxed, paying attention, etc.  She even walked across the teeter totter bridge (end to end, not hopping off at the fulcrum) twice!  Maybe I need to consider a bitless bridle on her…I’ll keep using the halter for a while until I know if it is something that I can trust her in on a real trail ride.  I’ll have her bridle in the saddle bag just in case though.

 

This fall we plan to go to Caney Mountain in Arkansas.  I hear the trails are very challenging but Pauli enjoys challenges and likes to think on her feet.  I will just have to see what her attitude is when we need to make a decision to go for it or go around it.  She did great at Shawnee last fall although the trails we were on weren’t very difficult. 

 

I guess that’s about it for now.  I do really enjoy this little red horse and am so glad that Jenni O. introduced me to MHWF.

 

As I always say…LIFE IS GOOD!

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Jenni O.
 #129 
Ooh, if you go bitless you should buy an S hack and then I can try it at some point!😁
doreen
 #130 
Sounds like you are finding some good compromises with you little red mare!  I have really enjoyed going bitless with the horses who like it, and love riding with just a neck rope to refine my leg and seat.  Continue to enjoy!
Lisa B.
 #131 
Thanks Doreen, I had a horse years ago that I rode bitless.  He did quite well with it.

Jenni, of course you can try it, if I get one. [biggrin]
MHWF
 #132 
A friend and I took our girls to Lake Wissota State Park for a nice day ride. I again rode Pauli with just her halter and again she behaved perfectly! She was relaxed, soft, and responsive. The only issue she has is that it’s easier to snatch a bite to eat on the trail (but she did that with a bit too).

The picture shows her watching a motorboat that was working it’s way along the lake. The girls were fascinated by the wake he boat made.

Again...Life is Good!

- Lisa B.

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