Sweet little Tasara is on her way to becoming a fun riding horse! I have been working with her for some time, getting her ready to be ridden. Due to her gentle disposition, we’ve been able to let other volunteers handle her too and do some groundwork with her along the way. On Friday before the Joel Conner clinic, we asked Joel to put the first ride on her. If she did well, the goal was to have me up on her before the end of the weekend and to be able to keep her at home and work her through the green rides myself. We wanted to do this for a few reasons: her small size, her willingness to work with and how safe she has been to work around. Everything went very well and while there are a few things I need to work on with her, I was able to ride on Sunday! We decided to keep her at SHS and I will continue to train her.
During the groundwork sessions in the morning, she was worked by SAFE volunteer Jennifer, who is the wise old age of 13! I only remark about her age because it not only says a lot about this very responsible and bright young lady but also how wonderful a mare Tasara is to handle. They did splendidly together and I am very proud of both of them! Here is what Jennifer had to say about working with Tasara:
I had a lot of fun working with Tasara in the groundwork sessions with Joel. She became very responsive after she warmed up to her surroundings in the arena. She was easy going and a pleasure to work with, as well as to learn from. I could easily fix what we needed to work on and she got a hang of new skills very quickly. She has improved quite a bit from the last clinic in September! She is definitely understanding what is being asked from her. I had a lot of fun working with her and can’t wait to see how she continues to improve!
Here are some photos of our 1st ride together:
Sweet Tasara is coming along well in her training. She has been working steadily with a saddle on her back for a few weeks now and doing well. She is a very sensitive mare and we are working on helping her relax through the groundwork. There are many things we can do to help her regulate her reactions to things. Helping her get comfortable with increasing and decreasing energy is key to her success. She has a very kind nature which has allowed us to let a few volunteers assist in her groundwork training. We have started to see her confusion and anxiety decrease, and she’s become quicker to relax. The changes in her body are visible as she develops trust in her handlers.
At the last Joel Conner clinic at SAFE, we had one of our youngest volunteers take Tasara in to the morning groundwork sessions. Jennifer had spent a few days a week at SAFE during the summer and was a big help with the horses. She worked with a few horses and she and Tasara developed a very good rapport. Jennifer’s quiet nature is very reassuring to Tasara and they are a good pair. Here is a little of what Jennifer had to say about her first Horsemanship clinic and working with Tasara:
I really enjoyed being able to participate in the clinic. Joel taught Tasara and me many helpful skills that I know will benefit us both later on. Tasara was very patient when I was trying something new and was willing to work with me even when something didn’t make sense. It was hard for both of us to not be distracted by other people and their horses working around us, but we still managed to work together. She was very easy going and calm once she got used to the environment around her. She didn’t mind the horses around her and even if one was acting out she didn’t even seem to notice. I’m glad to get the chance to be around other people learning the same skills as me with their horses and I’m looking forward to Joel coming back!
Our new friend Tasara got the fashion model treatment from Jessica and her camera. Isn’t she pretty? She’s so petite, and just a love. We are enjoying getting to know her!
Tasara joined the SAFE herd last week. She is a petite and pretty 10 year old Paso Fino mare. She was signed over to SAFE because her owner, who loved her dearly and provided the best of care, is facing a terminal illness and is now in hospice care. Her family made a genuine effort to rehome her themselves, but were unable to find a suitable home before the sale of the property where Tasara lived.
Tasara is a perfect candidate for the SAFE training program. She is reportedly green broke, but basically needs to be restarted under saddle. She has the sweetest disposition, and will always greet you with a hello nicker. Because of her size, she’ll need a petite rider. More to come once we’ve gotten to know her better.
Tasara is registered and we are told she is also gaited.