Ok so yesterday was thé big day. I can’t believe it was only yesterday, it already looks so far away, time is very weird thing..
Anyways, I knew I was going to take Farina to Geel (www.equimotion.be), but I wasn’t sure when exactly. I first wanted her to be ready to load and since this weekend was one of those weekends where everything we planned did not happen, I didn’t get to practice anymore on the trailer with her.
But the last 5 days have been so great, including the trailer loading, that I decided to go for it.
So I did, and I took the time it took. We were too late, but only 15 minutes really and that didn’t really matter to me, I was so happy that she went into that trailer and staid in there with confidence before I put the bar in and closed the door. The last time I put the bar in she got a real hissy fit!
During the ride, about 40 minutes, she did her best to show me that she was still in there!
She moved, she kicked a few times (not sure if it were her front feet or hind feet), a few times it even felt like she did a little jump in the air, but I’m not sure. But in the end, after about 20 minutes she started to move less actively, and probably started to focus more on keeping her balance in the trailer. I remember riding really, really careful, as if I was driving around an old handicapped person and I hope she appreciated that! 🙂 The other drivers didn’t for sure, lol, and I couldn’t care less! I felt really good driving this slow and I’m quite sure that this is a first for me! 🙂
So when we finally arrived, she was dripping in sweat in the most odd places. Real panic sweat. Around her eyes, on the withers and other places. I remember feeling really bad about that, but I quickly changed my thinking pattern and decided that my next task was to get her into that inside arena.
So I took her straight into the inside arena, I walked her around, made her go backwards and sideways a few times and I think it took about 5 minutes for her to completely relax and lay down and roll!
After this I could just pick up where we left off before as if this was our every day playground and I even rode her without any sign of stress or tension.
I am very proud to say that we even trotted for the very first time! This wasn’t the plan but it just felt right and her trot is fabulous! She simply has a sitting trot which I am not used to, I did not feel the need to do a rising trot at all, she felt so comfortable and elevated. She cannot relax in a trot yet, even online, she cannot get her head down but I’m sure that once those hind muscles are well developed she will be able to do this without any problems.
At a walk however she blows all the time as if this is the first time that she can actually relax while walking, maybe it is?
After our ride, I put her on the trailer with only 2 tries, she staid in there for about 15 minutes very calmly, eating hay and we drove home. I hardly felt her move during the ride home, and when we got there, I opened the trailer and there was not one drop of sweat on her! She wasn’t 100% calm but she sure went from an 8 to a 1 in panic reaction. I was very happy with that and glad for her that she got over that little piece of fear already. For her this is really important if she is going to be hauled from one place to another to compete.
Anyways I am extremely satisfied about our ride and I will try to keep you all updated on the progress as Farina is now officially up for sale!
So if you are interested in this fabulous horse, please let me know by sending me an email or leaving a post and I would be thrilled to put you in touch with her owner!
I would give anything to make sure she gets into a Parelli home, and especially a Parelli competition home as she has the potential and the drive to compete! I don’t think she would be happy to just be a pasture buddy, she has way too much energy, potential and ambition!
And if it can be a consolation, if I had the money, I would have bought her already!!!! For sure!
Thank you dear readers,