I've been taking it slowly with Brooke as she is a sensitive flower. I decided she has had plenty of time to adjust to life at our farm. She comes to me when I walk out to the pasture to get her friend Dena, and runs to the gate to be the first to come in from the pasture in the afternoon. She has learned to stand politely for me to put the chain over her nose (yes, it's a must right now. She has decided that pulling and running to the other side of the farm to visit her boyfriends is a fun thing. She's even done it to Brian, the horse whisperer) so she can be nicely walked through the gate, up the hill by the indoor arena and into her stall.
So on a day when it was warm - in the 30's - and I had a helper - Brooke's Aunt Jean - we walked into the indoor arena with a lunge line. Normally I put the radio on and close the overhead door, but it was windy and there was shooting noises from our neighbors, so I opted for peace without the Sirius.
I walked her around so she could examine the scarry banners on the wall. She sniffed them and was more mezmorized by her beautiful image in the mirrors. Then she decided to start trotting and poof, we began to lunge in a circle! Granted it was only to the left, but OTTBs are not typically worked from the right side so I was in no hurry to try to change direction. Brooke figured out that the far end of the arena wasn't a bad place, and she was a superstar lunging by the mirrors and the people door. I'm super happy with her progress. Once again it is a trust thing. Next week we have a saddle fitter coming out to fit a saddle to her princess back. More photos and another blog about this for sure!