But, the most exciting part of the day is that Piper will be one of 4 featured horses that have been adopted from the rescue! We will have our 5 minutes in the spotlight, to show off for the crowd where she is at with her training, tell a little bit about her history and how she came to be with us.
We've been working with her everyday, figuring out how best to use our 5 minutes. Lee is going to narrate while I demonstrate basic groundwork with her, flexing, bending, backing up, leading and stopping. I will also do a little bit of round pen work, sending her off and turning her back, having her face and then walk to me (even though we won't be in a round pen, but at the end of the arena near the crowd). That could prove to be interesting... with all that space, I hope she will cooperate with me!We might also use a tarp and some other items to show the desensitizing training we have done. This picture was taken last summer... Piper has never been afraid of the tarp and will walk around with it covering her like this! We drag it around the round pen and she will chase after it, jump on it and "kill" it. And then bite it.
Piper is still very young, she'll turn 2 in May. We've had her almost a year and she has been so much fun to work with, she's very smart and quick to learn. She knew nothing when we brought her home. It took me about 45 minutes to get her from the trailer to her stall the day I brought her home... she didn't even know how to lead! We've come a long way with her since then.
This is her in May of last year. She was so little! It's amazing how much she has grown in almost a year.
I'll be sure to post about our experience on Saturday. We're really looking forward to it!