Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Imogen has three more successful lunge sessions under her belt - she definitely has the idea down pat. We were almost foiled during the first two sessions, when one of her pasture mates was led by and which caused much screaming and distraction on her part in the beginning, but thankfully she relaxed and forgot about her friend both times. She's finally coming out now, but she has been in FLAMING heat, which certainly didn't help matters... but hey, at least she's not pregnant!

Thankfully, the pee-fest seems to be subsiding. Gross.

 Yesterday, the barn farrier was out to do his rounds, and Imogen was on his list of trims. (I don't do her at this point.) Since she behaved herself so well for her trim (for the most part, save for one moment when she lost her balance and pulled a front foot back from the farrier), I decided that she had done quite enough for the day and opted to forgo our lunge session. Today, I took a big step forward on the road from uncatchable to saddle horse - a surcingle. This was a HUGE step - even just blanketing her used to be an enormously big deal - and I wasn't too sure what she was going to do when she first felt the squeeze from the girth. She was none too thrilled about belly straps when first being blanketed, so I figured she might have a similar reaction. This was not her first time having things tossed nonchalantly over her back, of course. I have spent a lot of time tossing a grooming towel over her, and by extension I also began rubbing her with a saddle pad, eventually desensitizing her to the point where I can just toss it on without any sort of reaction on her part:

I have also tossed a cinch over her back, just to add to the desensitization process. Today, the surcingle went on in its place. She didn't move a muscle, save for turning her head around to give me an inquisitive "cookie?" face. (Maybe I am a little heavy handed with the cookies...) Hole by hole, I carefully tightened the surcingle, allowing her to walk between tightenings. I've really made it a point to install a solid "whoa" button on her, so she stood quietly and nicely immobile while fussing with the girth. I waited for a moment where her eyes would widen, her sides would puff out, her step would quicken. It didn't come. She really didn't care.
(Notice the mane? I have successfully tamed it to lay on the right side!!)

You have no idea how huge that is for me. This once completely terrorized mare went into her lunge session wearing a scary surcingle for the first time, and didn't care at all. The mare who was once terrified of halters and being touched didn't so much as bat an eye at the entire process. She bopped along on the lunge line with a soft eye and complete compliance. Walk, trot, canter, and whoa, and she nailed every one of them. She never so much as tucked her tail or turned a worried ear to the surcingle.


 You'll see she is a bit footsore today after yesterday's trim, which isn't too surprising. We kept the session short and sweet, and she was perfect. Absolutely perfect. She'll have tomorrow off, and we'll work again on Thursday. Obviously she's not lame, but I'd rather let her have another day off to rest those toes. Another post needs to be done on her feet... they're not awful, but they're not great either!



  1. What a brave girl! You're coming along in leaps and bounds with her. It's awesome following along.

  2. So is she yours yet? Did I miss it? (I hope not, I've been following her story & waiting impatiently for her life as a baby vending machine to be done! lol!) :)


  3. I am so so thankful this mare found you :)

  4. She is so clever!! Ahh I love how well she's doing, it's just amazing to be able to see this relationship developing and the progress you're making with this girl. I'm just hanging out for the purchase to be confirmed so that she's safe and yours forever - they aren't likely to change their minds or anything, are they? Ugh I just want it all settled for you both!

  5. Nice, nice job so far. She is looking great