Friday morning Carmen and I had a short ride before leaving. I thought that it would help us both if she was a bit tired for the journey. Our ride was pretty good- we're definitely growing in consistency in our training.
I finished packing the trailer and ate a quick lunch. Carmen self-loaded on to the trailer which I was pleased with since this was our first trailer trip of the year. The drive was uneventful. If you don't count my anxiety about trailering. I was exhausted by the time I got there. But Carmen travelled beautifully and unloaded like a dream.
Here's the thing that got me excited: In the past every time I take Carmen to a new place she requires a lot of persuasion to enter the barn. She will balk and often I need someone behind me to assist. It can take a long time to get where we need to. That happened when she first came home too. This time she walked behind me. When she would hesitate I would stop briefly, let her look and then put a gentle pressure on the the halter. As soon as she yielded I released. It was a testament to the trust that we have built up that she walked quietly (albeit tentatively) behind me, past all sorts of bags, horses, and barn 'stuff' and into her stall. After getting her bedded in and relaxing, I sat outside her stall and ate some egg sandwiches I had made. Carmen hung her head out of her stall and we kept each other company.
After a bit I took her into the arena to lunge. Five Fires Equestrian Centre is relatively new venue and it has a beautiful indoor- light and airy:
|photo from the website|
I put her in her stall, left some hay to be given to her later and headed to my friends' house to spend the night. They had supper waiting for me so technically I had two suppers. It was great to catch up on what was going on and see how great they are doing. I headed to bed early and ended up sharing my bed with one of their dogs on one side of me and a cat on the other. It was very cosy.
The next morning I gassed up the truck and bought a coffee and yogurt to take with me. I had already had a muffin and coffee at my friends house so I technically had two breakfasts. I'm essentially a hobbit.
At the barn Carmen nickered when she saw me. I fed her and picked out her stall and then hung with her drinking my coffee. She tried to steal the granola topping for my yoghurt. After I took her out to the outdoor ring - which will be the warm up ring for the show. I was so impressed with how quiet and calm she was in the outdoor. She was curious but not worried. We lunged out there briefly and I then put her back in her stall so I could watch some lessons. She called a bit in the morning but was not too bad.
|exploring the outdoor|
I was thrilled with how relaxed and curious Carmen was. She wanted to meet everyone and was generally just on her most charming behaviour. I was starting to really look forward to my lesson.
Go Carmen go! Hobbit eating, a cosy bed, and a gorgeous arena - sounds like it's shaping it to be a good weekend!ReplyDelete
It was a lot of fun. And I loved the arena.Delete
Can't wait to hear all about it!ReplyDelete
Carol from Dressage Training Journal and her husband created that facility. Please say hi to Carol and Rogo from Calm, Forward, Straight. :D
Yes- Carol and have known each other for a while now. I'm so impressed with the work she has done.Delete
Its always interesting what they are looky at. Glad it is all going well so farReplyDelete
I totally understand your trailer anxiety and how exhausting it is to trailer. If I did not live where I do and can ride both at home and across the street onto the trails, my horse days would probably be over. I'm so happy that Carmen was so willing to go on this venture with you.ReplyDelete
I'm hoping that it will improve- I never felt this before Steele diedDelete
Yay!! Sounds like an amazing experience so far and I can't wait to hear about the restReplyDelete
I was very happy with herDelete
How far did you have to trailer? Was it freeway? I can't stand the freeway hauling. The cars whizzing by unnerve me. Precious cargo!! I have found that Leah draws closer to me in unfamiliar surroundings because I'm her only herd member. I bet it's the same for Carmen. She was probably very happy to see you that morning! What a beautiful arena. Can't wait to hear more!ReplyDelete
It was for 2 hours all highway but our highways are not like the freeways you would be thinking ofDelete
Sounds like a promising start!!ReplyDelete
Carmen is a charming girl. So wonderful how things are working out for you and her at the clinic.ReplyDelete
:D I am happyDelete
I somehow didn't realize you were that close to Five Fires and knew Carol! Glad to hear all the work you've been doing is paying off so well!ReplyDelete
I always eat like a hobbit. I get up early and do barn chores, so I end up hungry again by 10am and eat a "second breakfast".
I'm glad that I"m not the only one who eats like a hobbit at horse events.Delete
Wow, what a spectacular arena. Carmen & your relationship with you are growing up together.ReplyDelete
That arena is just amazing. I love all the light and it looks so fancy. I'm glad your relationship is progressing and she's trusting you more eva at strange, new places!ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful arena. And lots of places for observers.Delete
Look at Carmen trusting you! Can't wait to hear more!ReplyDelete
:D Thank you!Delete
You two did really well. I had no idea you'd had difficulty in the past getting Carmen to enter strange barns. There were lots of scary things and she was quite brave. Did I mention she's gorgeous?ReplyDelete
How nice to read the kind comments about our arena and see familiar bloggers. Thanks everyone.
Thank Carol- I loved how welcoming you were to us - I felt very supported.Delete
A testament to all the good work y'all have done. It sounds like you worked her just like you work her at home!ReplyDelete
It's great when one day you notice a huge difference in your horse's attitude towards things. Definitely means the training is sinking in and the work is paying off!ReplyDelete