By Patty Wilber
I have two young mares (both are four) that I am currently starting (Sombra, the nominal Spanish Boy, is waiting in the wings). One is pretty laid back and has been handled regularly (Coco), and the other is LT’s half sister–same dad (Birdie).
As one might surmise by her relatives, Birdie is a bit of wild child. She came in afraid of oh, practically everything, plus she is super “watchy” and notices when a blade of grass twitches. And doesn’t like to stand still…. Oh boy!
On the plus side, she is very curious, likes people and catches on.
Weirdly, perhaps, she was easy to saddle right off the bat and is not particularly interested in full speed running or bucking. That is very promising!
Bridling the first time…
I had her in the round pen and thought I’d just put a little snaffle bit on her so she could carry that around and get used to it. Ha.
Me: I have a bit and bridle. Here, let’s put it on! Easy.
Birdie: ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? GET THAT WHATEVER IT IS AWAY FROM MY MOUTH!