Three weeks ago my daughter's horse, Cash, coliced and died. My daughter is devastated and still can't be around the horses much. I don't know if she will ever want to show again. That is fine but on the condition that next spring she feels like showing, she needs a mount. That is where Jazz comes in. We were given Jazz two years ago this December as a very scrawny long yearling.
A breeder was wanting to dump some yearlings and my daughter took her on for the 4H Two-Year Old in training project. She flourished but it soon became evident that she wasn't going to be physically ready for the competition that year so we turned her out to just grow up.
My daughter planned on getting her up this last spring and starting her, but showing Cash, softball and being a teenager got in the way. She again planned on starting this fall when the weather got better (under 105). Then tragedy struck. So I am taking over with Jazz in hopes that she will be ready for next springs shows. Rendi would like to be helping, but it is just too hard right now. Maybe someday she can read this log and gain some joy.
Day one of real training:
I just wanted to go over the basics that she already knows and see what she remembers. We lunge (good), we work on body control - hips over (good), shoulders over (fair), giving to pressure (good), backing (good). Great start, but she really wasn't interested in working.
Game plan: Pony 3 days a week to condition and training 3 days a week.
Booted and saddled her. No problems with either. Some light lunging more to work on getting her to pay attention than anything else. Some in-hand work (backing, hips over, suppling). Worked over some of the obstacles in the arena to get her to pay attention and improve body control. Worked for about 30 minutes on this and I could tell that I was losing her focus and she had been trying hard for me.
Picture of her first saddling. She really wasn't sure how to move/stand/turn with the saddle and boots on(sorry getting dark and I was by myself):