I haven’t had a chance to get back on Tabby until tonight. The plan was to lunge her for a few minutes to get her warmed up and make sure she had all the kinks out, then get on her and follow Glenn and Willow on a mini trail ride around the top pasture.
The lunging went fine and she was a calm and willing to please as ever. She stood still for me to get on and waited for her cue to walk off. She’s still a bit herd bound and as we were walking away from the barn she called for her sisters, but never once offered to buck or spin. She just kept marching away and even led the way in front of Willow. Willow was being a total witch for Glenn – she wouldn’t listen, tried running out from under him several times, and even reared on him twice. Tabby ignored Willow’s shenanigans for the most part and just kept walking the direction I pointed her.
Then we found some deer who thought it would be great fun jump as soon as we rounded the corner, then bound away like a sabertooth tiger were after them. Tabby simply threw up her head and looked at them and kept moving forward on a loose rein. Just as I was about to tell her how much I adored her, I heard loud profanities and the sound of frantic hoof beats behind me. I looked back to find Glenn on the ground and Willow galloping and bucking her way back to the barn, with the saddle sliding dangerously off to the left.
I could feel Tabby getting tense, so before she decided she wanted to join Willow, I hopped off. It’s better to get off while she’s standing there being a good girl, rather than force a big fight on only her second ride. Glenn was fine, just a little sore and incredibly angry. Willow had not only run back to the barn, but had jumped the fence to join the rest of the herd. We found her unhurt, but with the saddle hanging below her belly and one stirrup missing. I think that’s the last time he’ll get on before tightening the girth.
I got back on Tabby once we were back in sight of the barn and everyone had calmed down. I can’t express how impressed I am with this mare!