We had to go inside for a bit to warm up. While I was downloading the video Rhoda took Tory out and covered her with Valiant. Emily arrived so the two girls decided to give Tory her first under saddle lesson. Below Rhoda is leading Tory up to the barn.
Below Emily was watching Rhoda round pen Tory when Ruby jumped on her lap for a kiss.
The picture below was snapped while Rhoda was putting on her helmet. Notice the pirate eyepatch? That was left on from the fair.
Tory was calm and quiet as Rhoda worked on asking her to turn or back with the reins.
Emily stepped in to help as Rhoda mounted the first time. Right away Tory reacted.
She was afraid of the weight and threw herself sideways.
We had been told that Tory had been ridden but with her reaction to weight on her back the girls decided to take training much more slow. Ruby was introduced then placed on her back.
Tory handled that with no problem at all.
Next the girls would hang off Tory until she would stop moving then get off. As long as Tory's hooves were moving the weight stayed on.
When she would finally stand quietly for mounting Emily sat astride but just for a few minutes then dismounted. Tory was praised.
By the end of today's lesson all they asked of her was to stand quietly while someone was mounted.
The mares were put in the indoor so I can have another good nights sleep. They really haven't changed much in their udders but are learning the routine and wait at the gate for me to bring them inside.