Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

July 18, 2011

Progress is being Made!

Alpine Black Magic is progressing well! With a lot of TLC ( and a certain amount of caution), I can now get her to give all four feet without trying to kick me to death. The old rope trick was applied twice, once with the farrier and once when she was being particularly snarly. After that, she got the message and will give the hind feet OK. Due to the really bad weather and treacherous footing in the paddock, I took to riding her on the main ( county) road. This has gone very well. She is naturally inquisitive and getting to be very trusting. Currently I have put on about 5 hours on her.

Someone at one time has spent a lot of time or money on training her. She has a great stop, a great one rein stop and will walk on command and trot on command. She backs up the best of all our horses.

What she does not like is a tight rein. A loose rein and a slight wiggle of a finger is all it takes for a turn. Slight leg pressure tightens the turn . Neck reining is foreign to her at this time. What I need to do is find my old riding buddy and see if she has dressage training. That aspect is foreign to me, and i don't want to mess her up.

I didn't get all the time on her that I wanted, but now that Elaine is back, she can take over.

The thumb is healing well and I am off to see the Doc tomorrow, probably about some physio.

Life is real good on the Acreage!
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