Then I started working on rubbing her while on the standing on the block, then leaning on her; this is what Laurie had me do during our lesson. Since then I’ve done some work where she was just in a halter and I led her around the block, got up and down on the block and asked her to move at least one step in the direction towards the block.
Today I went out to get a ride in before some icky cold weather hit, but of course we desperately need the moisture! I spent time grooming Dani, always my favorite part of being with a horse is making them shine and loving on them! She's already starting to shed out winter coat! I'm excited because it means the days are getting longer...well obviously they have been since what, December 21st?? I got some new stirrup leathers, still synthetic but longer and they are great! I also figured out how the Wintec stirrup leather "loop" works. I was thinking it went through the loop like on other saddles but it actually just goes in and then comes out under the saddle flap. I'll have to take a picture to show it since I can't seem to explain it the way I want.
Today was chilly and the indoor arena was packed with about 10 riders going over a jumps course. I think there is a show coming up because one girl with a cute white pony was telling me about hoping to show of her pony at the show to find her a new owner. Anyways, out into the driving wind and cold we went.We approached the mounting block and I let Dani sniff it. Then I stood on it and had her move around it, I had her reins off like I was leading her. Then I put them on her neck and led her up to it. I got prepared to mount and she stood like a good girl. Once I was on though she walked off before I asked; I abruptly asked her to stop. I was so proud of her though, little steps of progress.