So Susie has been on the farm for almost two weeks. She's had a serious scrubbing, and has been wormed. Lots of good food and steady hay has put some pounds back on her and she seems to be feeling good.
We have a practice pen that is large enough to exercise horses and ride in. Today was my first ride here on our property. It went really well. I got her a western snaffle bit with copper rollers and a curb chain for the leather headstall I had.
Here was a pleasant suprise, she responds really well to leg cues, so even though she plow reins, I still only had to wiggle the bit on one side, nudge with the opposite heel and away she went.