Sorry for the lack of updates. Between work and getting everything ready for Back To School next week, I have only ridden once and that was two Sundays ago. We had a good ride and even finished up with a little bareback walk around the arena. I may have even blogged about it, but I'm too lazy to go look.
Tessa went on a trail ride with one of her young riders this weekend. She did WTC out on the trails and was totally controllable. She crossed bridges. She was a superstar.
I still haven't connected with my trainers about what their 'plan' is with Tessa. I did send them an email outlining my biggest concerns.
1. I want a horse that does not kick out or buck when asked for forward. I don't care if it's because I'm gripping. I want to work on my gripping on a horse that doesn't buck or kick out. There are lots of them out there. If my horse can be trained out of this behavior by the end of the year, I will commit to that. But she needs to not kick out or buck when I'm on her.
2. I want a horse that I can (insert activity here). I want to be able to but front and hind boots on without worrying I'm going to get a foot in the face. I want to wash her whole body without it being an exercise in patience and keeping my horse from trying to spin around in the cross ties. I want to wash her in both wash racks. Or outside. Or in the aisle. I want to ride down the driveway. And out the side door. And ride bareback. Again, if my trainers feel this can be trained by the end of the year I am game to try it. A combination of me riding different horses and them training Tessa would be fine.
I have owned Tessa for 2 1/2 years. I will be okay committing another few months to her. But I want to make sure my trainers take a HARD look at what Tessa needs and what I need and want.
I will let you guys know when I have *actual* news, hopefully later this week or early next week. I'll be glad for back to school because it usually equals more barn time.