The day we first put the saddle on Kena she had actually let Doug trim her feet without much of a fuss. Since she had been good with that, Doug decided to get the saddle on her for the first time. Being Kena though, made us know using the foot rope on her would be a good idea. She would not have the opportunity to kick or have a fit over the things to come. Doug's foot rope is thick soft cotton and it is never pulled tight enough to hurt the horse or leave a mark. It definetly makes things much easier.
Putting on the bridle was not too traumatic for either Doug or Kena. Neither
was the saddle blanket. She had the saddle blanket put on her numerous
times in the past and suprisingly the bit in her mouth did not bother her much.
The saddle being slowly eased onto her back didn't seem too bad. Even
the cinch being gradually pulled tight didn't cause a problem.
Then the drama queen went into action! She forgot
about the foot rope restricting her movement and pulled
Finally choosing the path of least resistance,
she laid down in the soft straw/soil/manure mix of the corral.
Doug just let her lay there for awhile, actually walking
away for about 10 minutes to get the tractor and put a
bale of hay into a feeder in another corral. Eventually, Kena
did get up, much subdued and ready for round two.
After talking to her and getting her even more calm he
took the foot rope off of her. She let him climb into
the saddle on the first try. She stood still like a pro.
She stood there for a long time before deciding
what she should do.
Things looked pretty good for a little bit.......
She pitched a fit, rearing up twice before I got the photos snapped. She flipped
over the second time coming over almost on top of Doug who was able to roll clear.
|After her tantrum, she thought things thru again.|
|She let Doug give her some encouragement to move.|
They made several laps around the corral and ended on that