Not too much to report really, but I thought I would give a sign of life at least.
I keep riding, and working towards our first show August 24th. It is a small schooling show, quite small as local people are not stepping up and registering. Its not my show, but I admit it frustrates me when local riders do not support a local start up show. It is the ONLY Dressage show in our area, so you would think..... The judge is USDF sanctioned and the grounds are awesome; COME ON!!! Some people just prefer to travel and go to the "big shows" I suppose. But with a good judge, and safe location, who cares?
As I have stated many a times here on this blog, Pippi is not a trusting horse. She sees no benefit to her safety in having me around, and really does not count on me for much. Obedient? Sure. To a fault? Hardly!! Pippi listens to me for as long as she thinks I am right, but when I am wrong (in her royal opinion) all bets are off. If there is a threat to her safety, she does not take my opinion into account at all. So.....I have been trying new ways to show her that we are a team, and that it may very well behoove her to trust me.
For the longest time I pondered blindfolding her, and asking her to walk with me as her guide. There are risks of course, spooking and getting hurt being one of them. But I went ahead anyway (you may leave all negative feedback below), and here is the play by play.
This is not at exercise I plan to repeat. My hope is that she realized that I can be trusted not to put her in harms way. She is a thinker, and you could see her wheels turning when I first asked her to walk up. A decision had to be made, was she to trust me or not? Two steps, asked herself again while chewing her treat, and decided that she would be okay going along with me. After that she had no hesitation, and just bravely followed. I spoke to her and made sure she knew where I was, and where my son was. When her hoof hit the bridge, she stepped up without hesitation. It was great.
When the towel came off she just looked at me and bumped me softly with her muzzle.
High Five right back at ya Pip!