I arrived at the stable and saw the mares in the arena. Pstar's ears were pricked forwards, she was looking very fuzzy and cute. I retrieved her from the arena. She seemed surprised I was leading her out of the arena and kept looking at me with an excited look in her eye. I brought her into the cross tie area. She hesitated but stepped up and I turned her around to get hooked up to the cross ties. She sniffed around the area and watched me as I clipped each side onto her halter. I wasn't sure if she'd been up there or not so I stroked her and talked softly.
Laurie arrived at the stable as I was grooming. She then told me that Pstar had not been in the cross ties before and how she thought she was being really good. Pstar did poop several times, definitely a little nervous at this change in situation and change in handler! I then worked on picking her feet. Divine just has to have her legs touched and she's ready to give me her hoof. Pstar wasn't so sure so Laurie showed me the way she had her trained. Pstar was a little nervous I wouldn't give her hoof back or something, she was a bit reluctant to give me her foot! The back feet were the most difficult, I wasn't quick enough to get my hand and leg under her to support the leg and she sort of panicked with a "kicking" motion. Later after my lesson the kicking motion nearly got me several times. Talk about adrenaline! Anyways, once the hooves were done I wrapped her legs with the polo's. Her cannons are nice and short so I had to adjust how I wrapped them, with some help from Laurie as to the tension I put into the wraps as I worked my way around Pstar's delicate leg.
Laurie did some lunging with her, playing the "Two Eyes" game from Clinton Anderson. Pstar was pretty frisky and even reared (first time ever!). I admired how beautiful Pstar was as she trotted in circles and pranced about at times. She was very feminine looking but with a sense of strength, like a taunt rubberband, you could feel her energy ready to burst forth. She calmed down a bit but always was a spring ready to release. I lunged her at the walk and worked on changing directions now and again. Then Laurie showed me how to have the horse back off from my space and also to follow. I'm not using the correct terms but the whole thing is you get the two eyes on you and then wiggle the lead and walk with a big posture towards the horse. They should back up. Then you change your posture to a meeker position, back up and the horse should follow. Pstar did quite well and I guess so did I.
After the lesson I groomed Pstar again and I put her back in her stall to eat some hay. Then Laurie and I talked a little about breeding, bloodlines etc. We also discussed a possible lease. I would pay Pstar's board and thus have access to work with her. Laurie would also work with me to get her under saddle. It could be an interesting prospect, I would get to really know Pstar and see how we work as a team before committing to buying her. I liked how she worked today though I was so nervous about messing up that I feel we could have worked even better.
I also don't know what price Pstar will be next year. She only just came into my range over Christmas and will most likely go up in price as she gets more training. I'd hate to fall hopelessly in love only to end up not being able to buy her in the end. Uge. I just need to take this one day at a time. There is a lot of ground to cover between now and even April when I will be able to change what horse I lease if I so desire. I have to think sensibly and remember that Pstar is a wonderful mare and I love her affection and cuddles but I have to be objective about myself as a rider and her as a horse. What mount would be the best match for me to accomplish what I desire to accomplish in the horse world? I also think it's a good idea to see other horses on the market, kind of that "dating around" to find your match theory.
On a completely different note I'm excited for Laurie since she and her husband just put an offer on a 40 acre property with a nice house, stable and indoor arena! How cool is that! I hope the offer is accepted and Laurie gets the dream property! She deserves it so much!
Well until next time, I'll keep this blog updated with my workings with Pstar. I have time to figure out if taking on Pstar as a lease horse is more than I can chew or if it's a challenge I can face right now. I just need to get comfortable with the idea and if not move on at least knowing that I fully investigated the possibility. Happy trails!