Yesterday was spent, the biggest part, getting hay for the rest of the year. I’m hoping that we won’t have to worry about it till late spring. You know how much I hate this part of having horses but the guy I get my hay from, Clint, has really been a joy to work with. So that’s done!
Work just a bit with the horses yesterday. Did not get a chance to ride, because of hay, but a little ground work and then let them rest by the rail. That’s code for tied to the rail.
Both horses are making progress. Teneawa is not trying to be in my pocket anymore. This is something that his owner will have to address when she gets home in order to remain the leader of her herd. He is having a little trouble just standing still when being saddled. He stands to be saddled, but he has a hard time standing still when I slip into the saddle room to get his pad or saddle. He will walk off to the hay at the end of the barn or walk off to talk to one of the other horses. What do I do to fix that? Great question. I just go and get him and then put him back in the place that I use to saddle him. If we can keep this up it won’t be long, well longer then it takes most horses, but it won’t be long and he will get the idea.
Bop/Buddy is starting to understand how to back up from the ground, which will help him in the saddle. He is a pretty quiet horse just does not know very much. I guess that there are trainers that think backing up in not a skill that a horse really needs to learn. I’m not sure why they think that but some do. It’s a pretty important skill if the horse has to back off a trailer for example. He’s getting better and I’m glad we will have a little more time before he goes home.
Zeb, the black horse, has just been hanging out of late. The great thing about him being ours is, I don’t have to be in a hurry. I think that he is ready to ride just need to fine the time to spend with him and I will.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.