Today was pretty eventful with June, I probably worked with her a total of three hours, and I know some people may think this is too much, so if you do, just keep that opinion to yourself or at least be nice about it, anyways, I went out initially just to teach her to side pass (on the ground) so I did about 10 minutes of ground work and started in on the side passing, well, she did okay with it, and I got her to side pass a few steps even, but she kept trying to kick me! And if you've been following this thread you know she's a gentle horse, so that was frustrating me, and I figured since I needed to let off some steam and I needed her to be respecting me that I'd round pen her. So we round penned. And round penned and round penned and round penned, until FINALLY she started licking her lips and chewing, so I called her into me, and rubbed her down (and she was very sweaty! She's out of shape.) and then did some more simple ground work with her, saddled her up, lunged her a couple laps (to get the air out of her belly and make sure she wasn't gonna be cinchy, but she never is) and then I got on. And then we had to work though some issues with me on her. She just wanted to back up every time I applied pressure, and I couldn't get her to quit, so I kept trying different things and I finally found something that worked; If I asked her to go and she started going backwards I would kick three times then tap with the riding whip, so kick, kick, kick, tap, repeat, until she went, and she got tired of that pretty quick and started going forward off of one light kick! So her progress with leg pressure was pretty awesome, but thennn, she thought she might try leaning on the fence and squishing my leg in attempt to get me off of her, but she learned pretty quick that that resulted in a smack with the riding whip, and then after that she was perfect, we did lots of walk/trot in the round pen and worked on turning and backing up. She's pretty darn good at a backing. We stayed in the round pen for a while and then my dad and his Amish friend showed up to work on my grandmas house, and the Amish guy was looking at her and I told him if he wanted to ride her that he could, and if he felt like taking her in the pasture he could BUT I hadn't done it yet so I couldn't make any promises on how she'd act, so he took her out anyways, and she was very good! (Although he had a hard time with going and turning, but he kept the reins pulled WAY tight, and when he turned he brought the rein way up by his hip causing her to flex. He said she was confused, but really he just needed to have her on a looser rein.) and then I got on her and did a few laps in just the corner of the pasture, becuase I was nervous having her out there under saddle for the first time, and then I rode her back up the arena and untacked and she was an angel the whole time! I'm very proud of her, and super excited to start doing more pasture riding.
Aaand, June and Penny/Jenny are friends already! They stay together in the pasture, P/J followed me and June while I rode her, June shares her food with her as long as she doesn't stand too horribly close (June is surprisingly the dominant one), and June lets her rub her nose on her back and hindquarters, which was really just so sweet looking but I didn't get a picture.