I am not getting pictures of every single day that Daffinah is in training, however I do try to get pictures when TnT are working on something new. In these pictures, Daffinah, is going to experience a cinched saddle for the first time! (She has had a saddle on her back one time but it was not cinched.)
Before Tony placed the saddle pad and then the saddle on her back he worked with her feet a little, asked to her back up, and then when he headed to the fence to get the saddle, she followed right behind him. Tony stopped to rest, giving Daffinah some well deserved pats and rubs. When he pulled his rope off the saddle...Daffinah decided that she didn't want anything to do with the rope. So, the saddle sat on the fence for a little longer while Tony worked with her until she didn't mind being roped. Through all of her training it does not take long for her to accept the next step! She is such a sweetheart and is constantly licking her lips in submission!!
You will notice that there were driving reins laying in the middle of the round pen. The training session did not lend itself to driving Daffinah this time...The last three pictures where a different day when the round pen was occupied and Daffinah was worked on the end of a lunge line. I was cleaning her pen and listened to her training more than watched. At first I could her her race really fast, slow to a trot and then stop, race fast again, slow to a trot and stop again! By the time I had her pen cleaned she was trotting at an even pace and would stop only when Tony gave her the signal!
The next post will show how she handled the saddle slipping!!!
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