Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Truck, Truck, Truckin Along

I pretty much have everyone worked into the program at this point. I'm still not getting every horse worked every day, but pretty close. I have been staying pretty steady with Moon, Frosty and The Big Bay. It's back to ground work with The Big Bay. I got 3 rides on him and I could tell on the 3rd ride that he was starting to frazzle. I can honestly say, I can't ever remember working with a horse with as much insecurity as the Big Bay has. There is an undeniable link between his physical and mental state. It's sort of like what Frosty went through before I discovered his IR problems. So I am working through  The Big Bay's issues the same way I got Frosty through his. Controlled ground work. They can't get stronger if you don't work them through the pain/stress, but I feel no need to be in the middle of their backs when their mental state is struggling. 

Shooter is coming along. He took a couple of jumps with me the other day in the round pen. It was like riding a rocking horse. It made me laugh. I think he really had to work to bring his energy level up enough to even accomplish that. He's more of a sulker than an activist. LMAO. 

Beretta is in the mix. Ponied her in the desert these last 2 days and she enjoyed that. I don't ever remember ponying her before, but I maybe have. She was as good as gold and didn't even mind being saddled today. I used a pad, not the blanket that angered her. LOL

I started alternating Buddy and Belle. Belle is just 2 and knows n.o.t.h.i.n.g., so I start where I always do...with Showmanship skills. In fact, I have been using Showmanship training on both Belle and The Big Bay. It's such a good way to build confidence in horses, teaches them how control their minds and use their feet in a controlled manner. I had left Buddy alone for a little while, hoping he would start gaining weight again. He fell off a little in that week I had to turn him out to pasture with the whole gang. He's gaining again, but not filling out. Seems it's all going to his belly. So I think regular exercise is important for him. 

And, I've finally gotten started on Little John....


I know why I leave my favorites til last...I'm always afraid I will enjoy them so much that I won't bother working with the other ones. ;-). It's impossible not to love this little horse. It's been far too long since I have had a problem free project horse. He's not spoiled, he's not unsound and he's not injured in any way. Not to mention that he craves human interaction. He's just a happy, confident, well-adjusted little horse with loads and loads of potential.

I have to laugh at the irony of the situation though...The two horses that have the most potential to replace Moon are Shooter and Little John. Talk about 2 ends of the spectrum. Shooter is long-bodied, long-necked, tall and low, low energy. LJ is short-coupled, short-necked, on the smaller side and is quick and eager. I couldn't have ended up with 2 more completely opposite types of horses if I had tried. I have absolutely no idea how this is going to work out. LOL

7 comments:

Madeline C. said...

The more I read about the Big Bay, the more I think him and B are related. Yay for consistency!

Cindy D. said...

Oh, I love Little John, what a sweet looking face he has! A horse without issues? They make those? Who knew!

Sounds like you have been getting lots of riding in. I'm a bit jealous. I'm hoping to get some time in tomorrow or Sat.

I'd like to hear more about how you use showmanship for starting, or restarting.


fernvalley01 said...

Busy times, I saw a quote the other day that is opposite of your program. It read "life is short, ride your best horse first"

Shirley said...

I like Little John. THe horse that won $100,000 at the Calgary Stampede last year was little and cowbred.... just sayin'....

rockinMADranch said...

You can never do too much ground work! Good luck with The Big Bay!!

in2paints said...

Little John is a looker! Love that face!

cdncowgirl said...

If LJ ever decided he wants to change his citizenship I'd welcome him in my pasture (if the price was within my means of course) ;)