Well after my last post about that case of the "I ought to's" I figured, "alright girl,put your money where your mouth is!"
I can't say that I did all I wanted to , but I got a start on things.
Comet has been getting by on "cute and little" for a while now, and he tried on "Bigger and snotty " on Friday. It didn't go well for him.
Saturday I cleaned stalls, and spent a bit of time "getting in his space " Also inviting him into my space in an appropriate way (ie , not ears pinned and demanding feed! ) It didn't take long at all and he was accepting and moving off of pressure , and coming back for more attention. HE is a sweet colt , but they all have to test boundaries sometime .
A lot of the same work with Quinn.It is important to remember , just because he is really sweet and friendly , he does not automatically know what is expected of him. Colts like Quinn are great as long as we don't forget to teach them all the same stuff we would teach any other horse . After all , its sweet when he is little , but a 1000 lb lap dog is NOT my idea of a good time .
Once the barn cleaning was done , and the work with the little guys . I moved on to Dandy . His lessons this weekend were about patience (standing tied) and willingly giving his feet . He is pretty good , but patience is not his strong suit , so we are working on that. Another one who would be easy to let slide, because he is willing and gently , and BIG!But like kids in school, just because they are taller or bigger than the others , doesn't mean they know more. Dandy got a good grooming and stood tied for about 20 min .I am impressed , never took more than the slack in the rope ,as soon as he feels pressure he stops! Once I was done that I did chores and packed it in for the day . Dang I am out of shape for that kind of stuff!
Deb and Brian stopped by last evening to help (read Deb and I watched while Brian worked) hang my pictures that got taken down for painting . Looks terrific! Thanks Brian!
Up this morning and they came with me to get a decent load of square bales (I have been getting smaller loads at the mill on my own ,its nicer to go with help when you have to load and unload yourself .
Once that was all done , back into the barn with the boys , for some more focused work . And another lesson with Dandy . He did well, but we had a little whoops and he beaned me in the head with his jaw. This actually made me smile after I finished cussing . One of the best horses I ever owned Sunshine (nicknamed Shiner) , was white ,and the first horse ever to give me a black eye! and broke my nose (all with the side of her head!) Weren't we just all talking about safety ? That said , she was an awesome horse ,and if Dandy turns out to be half the horse she was ...
Besides I bang my head on the door of my car fairly regularly , I need a helmet most days to get out of bed in the morning so I wont hold it against him for now .
Worked with my sweet Annie as well, though all I need to do with her these days is just get back on and get her going well under saddle again. She was started last year, and is good , but had some soundness issues . She seem resolved now so we can get back at it .
Was going to go spend some time doing ground work with Cat and Andee as well, but was getting tired. Also Marc needed some help with a repair on the bale mover (which basically did me in) it was not a lot of work but standing bent at an odd angle which is a bit tough on my back .
Off to our church this evening for a talent show and chili cookoff. Had a very nice time .
So all in all a pretty good weekend . Not all I want to get done , but a start . And every little bit counts right?Just got to keep up some momentum, and ad a bit each day .
Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .