In with the herd

DSCN1895Prince George is adoptable from the ARL Rescue Ranch. He is at Field Day gaining skills to plump up his resume for a new life in his forever home with a new partner. Interested parties can contact me or Judy Hand

The first full day with the herd went well. He has no new scrapes on him and he is eating and drinking well. Ahhhhh, lovely.

Tacked up for a brief ride in the indoor tonight. I am requiring him to stand still for mounting now, which he does, but then he grows roots there. We have to get a happy medium of standing still for mounting and then moving off. It is a minor glitch and seems, more than anything, to be a misunderstanding.

Gettin' in touch with our loopy rein cowboy inner children

Gettin’ in touch with our loopy rein cowboy inner children

I warmed him up in walk, trot and canter and he did really quite well. I am not lunging him before riding any more, just get on and go, like a real educated horse. Very nice. Megan Clements was out, and kindly snapped a few pictures (thanks Megan!), including cantering in a relaxed manner on a loose rein, and his first “jump”. We have a lot of work to do and strength to gain before we are actually jumping objects with height, but it is always good to start the footwork early. A pole on the ground is a great start for footwork.

First jump with me, from a trot.  Woohoo.

First jump with me, from a trot. Woohoo.

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Busted looking in the mirror.

Putting on some weight.  The horse, not the girl...

Putting on some weight. The horse, not the girl, (well, not that much)…