Saturday, April 4, 2009

Is it racing day?

Took the baby (Oscar?) into the arena where 2 of the boys were getting their horses ready to ride. He ties but does not stand still. Apparently China is where he really wants to be- according to the hole he dug. When he gets really frustrated he kicks out behind. I think he saw the other horses get bareback pads put on and thought everyone was getting ready for a race.

After the 2 boys got on and were practicing walking and keeping their horses right next to the rail, I untied him and walked him around. Perfect gentleman. When I stopped he would walk in circles around me. Not panicky circles, just wandering circles. I just let him. He's figuring it all out. From the ground we practiced walking, trotting (needs work), stopping, and turning. Afterwards I tied him back up and he stood quite nicely. Picked up all 4 feet. (Phew- that's not something I wanted to have to work on).

1 comment:

moosefied said...

I just found your blog through your comment on Mugwump Chronicles. I liked your comment about developing a calm riding horse through exposure to a lot of stimuli. I hope you don't mind if I ask whether you have any advice about how to get a yearling gelding out on walks in-hand with you alone? This is my first "baby;" he's halter-broke but rather herdbound and fights the idea of leaving the farm. He can be headstrong, but is not spoiled or aggressive in any way. Thanks!