After our last ride where Mia had to argue, my next ride went fantastically. My next possible dressage show with her is at the beginning of August thanks to schedule issues however there is a judged trail ride in 2 weeks (now this weekend!). Maybe that kind of exposure would be really good for her! With that in mind I set up some obstacles. I had poles set up to walk through, an L set of poles to sidepass through, a tarp to walk on, a stick in a bucket to pick up/drop off, a grain bag on a jump standard to pick up and carry, a grain bag filled with twine that was hanging to drag across the arena and tie up somewhere else and a pole to walk underneath.
Surprisingly Mia did fantastically and was able to do ALL of them and didn't spook or shy away from any of it. ANY OF IT!! Did she care that we drug a bag across the arena? Nope! Did she worry about the tarp, not even a blink. Did she care about the grain bag? Well she did pick her head up and see what it was, that was it. Amazing. Afterwards I did a quick w/t/c session and Mia was awesome, she didn't try to take off. She didn't try to throw her head in the air, she acted like a nice, normal, mostly trained horse. Success!
Unfortunately after this I hurt my back again. Fairly badly and I have been out of commission for a week. I am TRYING to go to the judged trail ride this weekend, I am going to ride her for the first time in 2 weeks tonight to see how my back feels. It is still sore but it doesn't hurt to move like it did so I am hoping that a quick ride won't do me in and I can ride this weekend.
Sorry for the sparse updates, I started writing this almost 2 weeks ago and then got hurt and then got busy (got our 350 bales of hay, moved 2 cord of wood, picked/mowed the pasture just for starters) so I didn't get to finish it. Hopefully I will have updates from the weekend, maybe I can find time somewhere :)