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!


texwisgirl said...

that's awesome. glad your thumb is good. glad you are safe. glad that elaine is back. and alpine is just such a beauty. you can post photos of her as often as you like and i won't mind a bit...

Farmchick said...

Glad to see you making positive progress with her. This horse is a beauty!

pilgrimscottage said...

Glad your thumb is coming along. And, it sounds like Alpine is also coming along nicely. She sure is beautiful in the photos.

Clint said...

I love hearing that LIFE IS GOOOOD! ABM is gettin' the message, the thumb is healin' and all is right with the world.

Dar said...

My daughter is big into horsing around. She has Arabians and does Equestrian Photography as a profession. Her summer is so full of business that she barely has time for her own horses, and farms them out for training now.
Good luck with your Alpine Black Magic. She's a true beauty.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

The horse is absolutely beautiful!! Hope your hand is better. I ended up getting a shot in my thumb's joints and hope that it will help! Debbie

peihome said...

Oh Ian, life IS truly wonderful on your acreage!

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