Anyway, after he finished with Cancunen I asked him to come look at Starbuck to tell me if I should start doing anything like giving her supplements or whatever before her first trim. He helped me out a lot, for example he showed me a new way to pick up her hooves which is more instinctual for her than how I've been doing it: I've been doing it like this until today (always working myself down by petting her lots on the shoulder and leg):
But the truth is that today I tried this way and it worked great, I guess since stepping forward is a more natural movement than lifting her hoof backwards:
So we did this a few times, then let her think about it but I think it was a great step forward, we even picked up her back legs a couple of times too, which I had never done before!
Then we took a break so I could clean out her paddock and finally worked a little on the Porcupine Game, a Parelli exercise which uses steady pressure to get you horse to move. After a little work, we were able to go backwards and yield both the hindquarters and forequarters a few steps before I told her she was the smartest, most wonderful horse in the world and gave her a big bunch of alfalfa for a treat. I'm starting to get into the rhythm of these lessons and am going to try to mix it up a little more instead of just working on one thing.
We'll see how it goes in the future, wish me luck!