What a lovely description of nothing EXCITING! Shows how well your consistant work over the time since birth has been accepted into her thinking.
And while it is her FIRST hitching, everything sure was well done of you, preparing her for the hitching. I just love to hear about "nothing events" as the young equine walks thru the steps of progress towards being a good citizen.
I agree with DriveNJ, seems like such a short time since you got Luna, were surprised with the extra foal. Rags has come along and most of the training steps were easy and fun. She is an accepting sort, the nice kind to have around.
So Congrats on her good ways which are from all your hard work. You are doing well.
This IS driving related -- we might need a postillion rider one day, after all.
It's been a big week for Ragtime. First drive on Monday, and on Friday we backed her. I am blessed to have a lead rider who is kind, tactful, gifted and weighs almost nothing. Rags is still growing -- I hope! as I really would like those withers to come up a bit -- so we won't be riding her yet, but 3 is a good age for backing lightly.
We've been draping things over her back since she was a wee thing. She has worn raincoats, tarpaulins, saddles, bells -- anything that caught my eye, really. She's always been curious and never afraid, so I didn't anticipate much in the way of fireworks. But. This is a filly who likes to work, who enjoys being entertained by new things, but who is definitely her own mistress, and mistress of all around her. Before she was weaned she was ordering the other horses around, and watching her deal with new horses introduced to her paddock has been an education for me. Bringing her along has been an exercise in assertive tactfulness, and I confess that there have been many times when I thought I was messing it up badly and she would turn into a disaster of a horse.
So it was with care that I put Allie up across the saddle. I had her drape across the saddle on her belly, as we usually do with youngsters. Rags stood quietly for a moment, with a thoughtful look in her eye. Then she turned her head toward me and studied Allie's legs hanging down her near side. Hmmm, she seemed to say, wonder what's on the other side? She turned her head to the right -- and found Allie's well known face in a very surprising place, upside down! Rags said "Wah!" and jumped. I promise you it sounded like "Wah!"
But that was the sum total of her reaction to being backed. She moved happily, responded to bit and leg (obviously she was still on the longe line), found the whole thing happy.
I promise pictures as soon as I have a hand free to take them!