The ranch where I board my horses. That's Sunni in the arena, February 2016.
Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2015. That's Scout in the arena.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Busy day today (Friday)
So, my homework for my horsemanship teacher is to work with the 7 waterhole rituals with my horses. Today I did Scout and Cali. I chose Scout because honestly, she's the one I've done the least work with. And, remember, she ran over me a few months ago and I went sprawling! So, since then, SHE has had a weekly lesson on manners and it has really paid off! She now leads nicely and doesn't pull on you. So, I did her first. I did the greeting and then groomed her. I cleaned all 4 of her feet and she was very good with that. She cocked one foot after that and I brushed her and I noticed she really lowered her head and was dozing off! (that's NOT like Scout!!!). She seemed to really relax and enjoy it. Then we did some attempts at "head down" (she actually is doing better) and some flexing (she's starting to get it!) and then some yielding of the hind and forequarters. Then we did companionship walking. I watched a YouTube on this and I liked how the person walked 15 steps and then stopped for 5 seconds, walked 15 steps (with the horse) and then stopped. She got this right away and after two times around her corral, I took off the lead rope and she still walked with me! Whoo, whoo! She went over and stood at the gate, so I took her down (...CALMLY)... to the arena and did the same steps with her there. She was in no hurry to leave me. I took her off the lead rope and she continued to follow me (a good sign!). I finally said, "OKAY, go!" and she walked away. What a difference! For those of you who know Scout and know she's an alpha mare, this is a complete change in her demeanor! I've very pleased with how she is coming and I hope to have a calm horse from now on! While she was in the arena, I worked with Cali. Cali's a little slower on the uptake, but she's learning and trying to do some of these things! It will take longer with Cali, however. Tomorrow the family is coming up for some horse time and then lunch in Idyllwild. The thunderheads were gorgeous today and I also took some pics of them. Oops! I got WAY too much pink SWAT on Cali, but her eyes attract flies and so far ...(knock on wood)...because I got a fly mask on her EARLY this summer, her eyes have been okay. I want to keep it that way so the fly mask went back on!