We were happy to go back to the stables today for the first “formal” test ride with Marla and Pirouette in the old barn. Remember Pirouette only got transferred *yesterday* So it’s still a brand new world for her, and she needs to adapt, settle, and pick up the better habits.
Don’t trust the pictures. Looking at them you’ll think it went like a breeze. It was not *quite* so. Pirouette was a little stressed out and interrogative about being and working there by herself. She was wheening to the other ponies and trying to stop by the windows and door to check her environment out.
Marla was also getting used to new equipment. The rubberized reins of the new briddle is not very easy to use for her, and I might have to switch her back to fabric/leather reins. We’ll see. The mare is also too thin to be very comfortable (I should know, I rode her the first five minutes). That will obviously get much better once she put some weight back on.
Overall Pirouette did very well. Marla, a little less so. They need to learn each other and adapt and grow. For a first test I’m satisfied. Things will be better with Gwen coaching, too (as her mom, I have only so much credit, lol)
Marla did work well however, putting in a lot of effort to listen and drive Pirouette properly. They did briefly trot, which didn’t go too well as the kid was too tense to function optimally, but it was a good starting point.
Tomorrow Marla is invited over at a friend for the afternoon. I’ll spend that time working Pirouette over at the stables. At this stage, the more work, the better.