I tried out the bridle, Dani was perfect about taking the bit and when I went to adjust the bridle I realized that the headstall is too big, the bit hung pretty low in her mouth. I have to swap out this one with my cob sized one, though I have a new bridle on my "to buy list". This mare cracks me up. She has a more delicate head and a rotund body....it's been a process trying to figure out tack sizes for her.
I lead her over a set of matts near a trailer in the parking lot. At first she skirted around them, they must have looked like a black hole to her. Repetition is the word of the day, after a couple mini sessions she had no issue with it really. I love leading her around and having her see something new that we can play with. One day it was that flag, the other day it was the matts...there is always something new and interesting that your horse can be exposed to.
It still makes you think. Anything can happen around horses. It's better to be as safe as possible. Wear a helmet at the very least. I see a lot of the jumpers here wearing that padded vest too. Very smart! Granted we can't wrap our bodies in bubble wrap so other injuries can happen. I will hopefully hear more on the gal next time I'm out at the barn. Stay safe everyone!