Ring Dancer was the first horse we took in on donation from Delaware Park this meet. She is an absolutely lovely 3yr 16.1 h filly who is as sweet as they come especially considering she did a very long period of stall rest for a fractured sesamoid. She found an awesome home where she will be a sport horse broodmare making pretty warmblood babies.
It has been a hectic week on the farm with lots of riding and farm projects. I had intended to get new pics and video of Mack, Shoes and Jacob J but so far that hasn’t happened. Tomorrow, I promise 🙂
It just gets dark so early now that I basically run home and feed and before I even get on one horse it is getting dark. So very thankful for my lights! I did get to spend Thur/Fri working with Shoes and Mack. Jacob J got his shoes on today so I’m so eager for tomorrow to come so I can get on him. I pulled all three horses manes and clipped them up. I think they will all need actual clip jobs but dragging my feet on that one still.
I figured it was a good time to get Mack started over the fillers that are under the jumps so we practiced in hand first which doubles as my exercise program. I trotted him in hand over all the little gates, flowers and straw boxes. At first he was totally confused and not sure he could possibly follow me over but being the super smart horse that he is within a jump or two he had it figured out. Then I got on him and trotted over all of them and he went right over. Good boy!
I had 10 min to spare last night so I brought Jacob out for the same routine. He was quite game and was really jumping right over them not just trotting. That was interesting because I couldn’t quite trot fast enough for him. I am thinking jumping with me on his back is going to be super easy.
Do you ever introduce your horse to new jumps in hand first? I find that it is a great way to explain scary concepts so that they seem simple. Horses are pretty trusting so if you can develop that trust jumping all the scary stuff becomes easy. I like to make everything scary but small enough to step over.
Speaking of jumps, I had order some new fillers about four months ago and finally went to pick them up tonight. I have rolltops, brush boxes, arch walls, a regular wall and planks. Now I just have to paint them all which I dread but since I still have the excitement factor going I should perhaps let that motivate me 🙂
I have some big news coming in the next few days. So EXCITING!