Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Circus Training?

We had this big orange ball one of the girls won in elementary school.  I thought I would use it to help desensitize Otoelene.
Kit seemed to have other plans.  It looked like I was training a miniature circus lion.
Otoelene wasn't very concerned about the ball.
She was curious.
And she let me bounce in all around and over her.  She did flinch a time or two when it bumped her leg but that was about the only reaction.
I had been using the fence to climb on to get on her but I thought I would start using the stirrups.  The pad I have been using is to slick and her withers aren't very high so the saddle slid pretty bad so I used a mounting bucket.
It's hard to take a picture of myself riding.  We are up to walking and trotting, one rein stops and neck flexing.  Her trot is soooo smooth.
"Kit, will you please let go."


Alica said...

It's interesting reading what you do with Otolene. And love the pictures of Kit! :)

Crystal said...

Sounds like a keeper! And Kit is pretty cute if not helpful

fernvalley01 said...

She seems to be doing well. Love your assistant trainer

The Japanese Redneck said...

hahaha, Kit just wants to help.

I just had the hubby build a mounting block near the arena. Since I tore the hamstring in my left leg, I can't leg up on Jolie anymore.

C said...

Some adorable kit cat poses! Great job with taking all the pictures yourself.

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