I truly intended to go hunting yesterday but my horse has a minor cough and I didn’t think it would be wise to go galloping around for several hours in the really warm weather when he was already a bit not quite right. Knowing Junior he would have went full blast regardless of how he felt so I have to protect him from his own self 🙂
Instead, I actually slept in and then had breakfast with the hubby. The horses were all way down in the field hanging out so I didn’t feel the need to hurry outside. We had mapped out the day to get pictures and video of the new horses, go buy paint and make a trip to the indoor with one of the greenies in preparation for her first show in the indoor.
It was such a warm sunny day and perfect for getting pictures of the new horses. First up was Jacob. Jacob is an interesting character and we are working on figuring each other out. He has decided he loves coming in his stall to eat but otherwise he isn’t coming into the barn. The first day I brought him into the actual barn he didn’t want to come out of his stall door into the barn aisle. I got him out after a few minutes of just talking to him about how silly he was being. Then I did something stupid…yep totally my fault and I SHOULD know better but without thinking twice I put him in the crossties. Wham, backwards he went and the breakaway crossties broke (I have the velcro kind that just separate). He was quite scared and not sure he wanted to come back in at all 🙂
I went and got a shank and we spent some time marching up and down the barn, sniffing all the ‘scary’ stuff and just letting him see there were no monsters. He is smart and figured it out pretty quickly. He got his shoes on this Saturday and was ready for business. I pulled his mane and trimmed him all up. He really liked all the attention and quietly stood on one crosstie (ha, yes I’m a bit wiser now :))
My cats are very helpful 🙂
I had ridden Jacob at the layup farm but I was pretty casual about it and had basically just gotten up and did a bit of w/t/c on a loose rein without asking him for anything. This ride I wanted to see if he knew anything about contact or lateral work and suprisingly he had a pretty good understanding. He knew that when I closed the leg and pushed him into the contact that he could round his back. He is another one of these horses who is quite slow and not in a hurry to get anywhere which is fantastic for those who don’t want the hotter version of the Tb’s.
He has a really comfortable and balanced canter but he was a bit grumpy about having to get into the canter. He isn’t fit so I’m not worried about all of that right now. He will do some nice walk/trot trail rides to slowly build up his muscle again.
He has quite a thick coat on him so he got a bath and then went out and rolled right away..of course! He will get clipped here soon to make it easier on him to work and not get so overheated.
Next up was Shine My Shoes. I find it impossible not to look at him and smile. He has the cutest mischievous face on him. He was one that crashed really hard after the track and went from being a beefy type of guy to an ugly skinny horse with a cute face. He limped around and was just depressed. When I saw the light starting to come back into his eyes I knew it was time for him to have a job again and he is truly loving life..perhaps a bit too much 🙂
Shoes has a HUGE personality and is the silliest horse in the barn. He is always getting into stuff and he is always the one in the field instigating all the rough play. He has packed on a lot of weight in a short period of time and is feeling so good.
He is a horse that hasn’t at all learned to use his body and needs a bit of work on the lunge line but I’m not thinking I want to do that just yet. He has about 30 days of good tendon building walk/trot work but you don’t want to have him playing on a small circle just yet.
He is an alert type of horse and not real focused on work yet but we will get there. It looks a lot like this at the moment 🙂
Yes, this is the scary side of the ring
It was the first time I had cantered him and he has a really nice canter but is not quite strong enough to hold it and was switching off his lead and displaying a bit of excitement.
I had a fantastic ride on my last horse of the day who is owned by a client. She is a lovely 3 yr cleveland bay/tb cross that I have had since August. It is just amazing how far she has come in her training and her ability to handle new situations. We headed to the local indoor to let her get used to the indoor before she went to the show next weekend. She was so amazing it almost freaked me out a bit 🙂 She got off the trailer and walked into the indoor where there were two horny pigeons that were flapping all about and making so much noise. She had every excuse to be silly but instead went right to work and felt absolutely incredible. It is just so exciting to watch them progress especially when you know how they first started out.
I look forward to bringing another ride on Jacob and Shoes today.