Alyssa & Barbie
photo credit: Teens & Oregon Mustangs
“I’ve had the opportunity to spend the next 100 days working with Barbie, a 3 year old mare. My ultimate goal is to make her a well-rounded and relaxed mount for her adoptive owner. She is quiet and curious, and eager to please.”
It’s been slow going this week, but tonight had a wonderful ride. We just rode walk trot, but she was soft and between my legs. I popped her over a couple cross rails, which she seemed to enjoy!
To cool down, I rode her with just leg pressure, and was able to get haunch turns, forehand turns, circles, and stops without touching her reins. This mare is a responsive and quiet horse, she’ll make someone a fantastic mount!
I wasn’t planning on riding this evening, but hopped on Barbie bareback with a halter, not even looping the lead over her neck to make reins. She was a complete doll, rode circles walk trot in both directions, listening to leg pressure. She had haunch turns and forehand turns both ways, and gave me some impressive stops off only my seat, and backed up off my seat as well without touching the lead. I feel like it’ll be very easy to transition her to a bridle/neck rein. This week I’ve also put her in a snaffle, rather than a bosal. She’s learned to drop her head and soften her jaw nicely, and I’m hoping to show her next month, doing pleasure and eq. She is a fabulous little mare, and I can’t wait to see how far she is by the time march comes along.
Miss Barbie had a little over a week off, and I decided to hop on and ride her English last night. She was fantastic with smooth transitions, nice circles, and was soft to my leg and bit. She’s coming along great, really driving from her hind end and lifting her back. We worked walk trot canter both directions, starting to sharpen her haunch turn and forehand turn, pushing for a softer, quicker back up, and introduced the two track. Her haunch turns are fantastic, and with a bit more work she should have a cute little spin on her before the competition.
I’ve washed her tail a few times, and it’s so thick and long! If anyone knows tricks on how to get it white, I’d love to hear it!
Just a reminder, Barbie is available for adoption! Online bidding opens march 1st, and I encourage anyone interested to meet her in person prior to the competition. She’s got athletic ability, color, height, and a temperament to die for.
We should be attending a schooling show in a couple week at the Clark county fairgrounds, and would love to meet up with potential adopters!