I may be a new horse owner, but I am not a newbie horse person. I have a pretty good idea of what Olive needs, so I gave her a day to settle in, and then it was right to work.
"Work" meaning a short bareback ride in the outdoor ring. This was mostly to check the steering and brakes, but also to let her know that riding will be a regular part of her new life.
There was a lot going on outside the arena, and she was understandably distracted. Still, she stayed calm, and I feel that she'll progress quickly, especially now that I've found a wide enough loaner saddle.
We've also gone on a couple short trail walks. I took her to the nearest bridge, and she surprised me by stepping right onto it without any hesitation.
This particular bridge is very clangy. She took a few steps, then stopped with her ears straight up. She paused, took another couple steps and looked down at her feet. She licked her lips and thought about it for a minute or two.
Then she marched the rest of the way across. Good pony.
We walked a little ways. She is very brave and forward and seemed to enjoy this a lot.
I think she's going to be a fabulous trail horse.But not yet. We've got a lot of work to do before she's ready to hit the trail for real. That's okay. I'm in it for the long haul with this one. I can afford to be patient.