Riva was super for her first body clip. Thank you, thank you to my daughter for spending her first day off in ages with me at the barn this morning. She even rode my mare afterwards and gave me a lesson.
Several people at our barn employ a former groom/barn manager to clip their horses where I board. Last year, I just didn't think Riva was ready and we were not working that hard over the winter.
This year, I knew we had to go for it and was hoping Riva had matured enough to handle it. She was a bit nervous at first, but the groomer fed her a carrot with one hand with the running clippers in the other hand and let Riva get used to the noise. She then let Riva stand up against the half wall in the barn aisle and started on her side. After a bit of moving her feet around, Riva stood still and let me feed her treats and handfuls of hay for the entire clipping. She even seemed to like having her belly done - she looked like she was in a trance for a few minutes!
I had the groom do everything but Riva's legs and face - she did shave her muzzle, bridle path, and her ears just a little. I could not have been happier with Riva's behavior :)
Once the clip job was complete, we got her tacked up and working. Lex got on her first to see how she is going and was pleased with how soft her mouth was and her gaits. She even worked on a little counter canter and Riva tried and got a few steps each time.
Lex gave me a lesson - we worked on the box exercise that I learned at JC's last Saturday and we worked on canter departs and keeping a nice steady canter going. Lex instructed me on working on counter canter a bit, which Riva seemed to like.
Once done, Riva got her blanket put on and turned out with her mare friends. She was pretty tired - she normally takes off bucking and galloping as soon as you get her halter off and give her the ok. Not today...she walked off and started grazing...tired pony girl.