2022 Off To A Great Start!

Some of these things may not sound great but in my eyes, they are! For starters. Honey had some training put on her and now she is part of my lesson program! Declan is starting to realize that lessons are work so he is also doing great!

I found out that, by the Grace of God, Lynx’s lesion is GONE! Poof!!! GONE! He does currently have a hoof abscess but that will clear up! I get to ride my boy again! I can’t wait!!! But, I have to wait as I am finally getting my right shoulder repaired! Something that has been bothering me forever is finally getting the fix it needs! Yes, this will put me in a sling for a month and no weight for four months, but I will be stronger after!

While I am recovering, we have Whiskey in training! I’m super excited about that! He will spend a little more time than I thought with the trainer but that is just flat awesome! Baby horse will learn to be a working horse before he comes home!!! So far he is learning the basics and doing so good!

My lesson program is picking up too! Now my shoulder surgery might slow it down but I am currently teaching parents how to do the heavy lifting and I have Hannah as my helper! I think we can do this!! I will just be the one armed talking head for a bit!

After I recover, Lynx and I will get together and get in shape so we can go back to our favorite things! I’m blessed beyond belief! Thank you Lord for all of your blessings!

Worked with my Christmas Pony Today!

We took a few days off. The wind has been wicked and honestly, family times are important! But today, while everyone was napping, I snuck out and caught Whiskey!

We saddled up and even got the bit! Whiskey got a new saddle pad, halter, flag, and girth for Christmas! I also bought something I have never used before…. driving lines. Gasp! To be honest, the idea of working the bit, while behind a young one, is a bit daunting for me. It’s time to break out of my comfort zone!!!

After getting un-tangled and finding my coordination, we did it! We learned left, right, whoa, back and turn all the way around each direction!!!! I really had to put on my thinking cap for this. Using the flag on the off side to encourage him to move away from the flag and toward the bit pressure was simply a mind game for me. Whiskey was like “get it together woman!! What do you want?” But we did it! I was 100% excited! After a lot of this and that, I finally removed the lines and the bit. I put his halter on him (has a long lead rope) and we worked on lounging. This is something that I find easy to teach a horse. Asking them to give to their nose and move their feet in a smaller circle around me using the flag is something I have taught many of kids… I mean horses….

I don’t have many photos of it as holding my phone while asking for things with my hands and body makes it hard to sneak in a photo. Whiskey was easier to move to the right (clockwise) vs the left. Everything else, he is more willing on the left vs right. Maybe I finally got the right side softer? He learned to keep his hip and shoulder engaged while bending at the ribs. He learned that when I say whoa, he is to face then wait for me to ask him to come forward. This kid is pretty darn smart! I’m so used to baby horses that have the attention span of a gnat. Whiskey loves the attention and will keep going as long as I keep it interesting! He is also a little older than the others that I had worked with in the past. Lynx and Goose both came to me as long yearlings. Whiskey will be three in May. I’m starting to see the improvement and see the retention of our sessions!

After our lesson, I decided to put him in the other pasture. He went out with the mare, Gabe, Declan and the mini jenny Evie! Totally different dynamic in that pasture!!! I have four stalls made out of panels for feeding. I had caught the rest of the herd to feed them. Whiskey would be between Declan and the Mare… he was like “NOPE!” I tried to coax him into the stall. Both Declan and Honey would give him a stink eye and he would focus on me… take three steps in then stop. He didn’t get fed tonight. If you can’t go in your stall, you don’t get fed. I’m sure tomorrow he will be more willing!!! He does anything for food! I really can’t blame him. The mare had to put her two cents in as soon as I turned him out. Declan was being weird too. Not all out attacking but also not allowing the butt sniff situation to happen without a squelch! However, I feel that he needs to meet and learn about all the horses on the property. Nothing is more annoying than having to separate horses when tying at the trailers!!! Lynx is the worst! He will pin those ears and do everything he can to assert dominance over his trailer mate. It’s important for Whiskey to learn his place but also to learn their mannerisms!!! Anyhow, Merry Christmas!!!

Whiskey Day 8?

I don’t really know what day it is! Yesterday was Saturday and we brought him home a week ago Saturday… so I will stick with 8! Seems legit!

I don’t normally sheet babies. Whiskey is a late May foal and will be 3. We had a huge temperature drop from 80° down to 31° in one day. I had ordered this for him from Amazon! We also feed loose salt and minerals! I felt that it was good for him with sudden drops! Shocking, he stood still in the pasture with no halter and let me put it on him yesterday. He has never worn a sheet or blanket!!!!

Today, Whiskey learned to get saddled while tied! Normally I do a long introduction to saddling and working on teaching them to stand for it. I normally have them in the round pen with halter/lead. I let them move away then have them come back etc. He has taken to the saddle with ease so today, he was saddled like a big boy!!! I will admit, I had to throw it 3 times because that saddle is heavy and obviously I need to work out lol! But he did it! Even let me put the bell boots on him!!!!! Next…

I wanted to see how he handled the tarp! He let me walk up to him and secure it to the horn. I finally got him moving but he didn’t buck or freak out. When it came around his front legs (last photo) he stopped . I haven’t seen a horse take to the tarp with such ease.

We needed our serration with walking over the tarp and him walking beside me while I carried the tarp back to the barn! All in all , I think I have a good feel for this colt. Now time for Pete and repeat!