Today was the first day I allowed Blu out to pasture to roam freely. I expected exuberant galloping and bucks galore… nope, she saw green grass and her nose hit the ground! I turned her out with her buddy mare, Gracie. They grazed side by side without incident for a good share of the day. When I went out later in the day to catch her, she had no qualms about it. Gracie nickered a few times then gradually followed, a good distance behind.
When we got back to the riding arena, which also doubles as a smaller turnout area, I decided to only bring Blu in and do a little ground work. Up to this point I still haven’t ridden since our “incident”. After much thought and some hesitation I decided to go ahead and saddle her. I used my treeless saddle with a small shaped non slip pad and a breast collar that I have had laying around forever but have rarely used, however I promised myself I would not ride again without one. She was a little anxious when I swung the saddle up, but after that she settled right down and had absolutely no problems with the rest of the tacking up.
I was probably wayyyy more concerned than she was about any saddle slippage. I mounted so carefully I wouldn’t have disturbed a fly! I kept things short and sweet, but she did work up a little bit of a sweat under the pad.
Now that her confidence is up to par, I just need to work on mine… 😉