Very good lesson last night on Lizzie. I’m still making the transition between riding Kip and riding Lizzie, which has been very tough. As Sally put it, with Kip I’m using a lot of strength to take a very large, lazy, uncoordinated young horse and try to collect him and get his hind end under him, but with Lizzie, any heavyhandedness and she’ll go over backwards. We worked on getting her working through and round, getting her listening to me rather than trying to shoot off. A lot of transitions on a circle between straightness, leg-yield, straightness, quarters-in, and back again. Some canter, but not enough to whizz her up. She was lovely. :)
Sally doesn’t think that Lizzie will remain sound without doing either a lot of work on the roads, or turning her out. I’m not anxious to take her out into traffic, but I’m terrified of losing her to an accident in turnout. I think she would be so terrified and stressed that she would colic or do herself an injury. I’ll have to think about that. Last time I tried, even under sedation I couldn’t get her halfway down the lane to the pasture, since she was so terrified knowing where we were going. I wish I had a small paddock that she and another quiet horse or two could go in.
Not sure what to do for her, really…she’s such a puzzle.