So, yesterday I FINALLY had a full, free morning to drive up to the horses. I couldn't do it Friday because I had to babysit the granddaughter, and Saturday we had to get ready at 1:00 p.m. to go to the McCallum Theater for open call. Our daughter's band made the finals and we had tickets to watch her band and all the other finalists. What a great show! I want to go next year and just enjoy my two hours there.
It was also clear yesterday morning, so off up the mountain I headed. Got to the ranch about 9:30. The ranch owner was out cleaning corrals, but their collie had gotten out of the front gate, so I rounded her up and locked the gate. She might have headed down the hill (not a good thing!). Silly dog!
I brushed and groomed an unappreciative Gigondas. Humppppfffffttt! She could have cared less. In fact, I think I annoyed her.
Next...Scout. Her spots are coming through now that she is losing her winter coat. I think she just tolerated me.
Quad didn't want to be brushed AT ALL and wouldn't hold still. He just wanted another meal.
Sunni was a GOOD BOY and let me brush both sides of him. He usually dances around so that I can't get his "off" side, but today he stood still. He had a lot of fur come off.
Then, Lucille...Now, Lucille is the hairiest horse I have. I could just SEE clumps of hair on her. She had them under her mane. She had them down her legs. She had them on her BIG BUTT. I took a photo of her corral after I finished brushing her. All her hair should keep the birds busy for weeks! She really is a "woolly mammoth".
I decided to take Sunni down to the arena for some lunging and desensitizing. I figured that out of all the horses, he needed it the most, and I wasn't sure how much energy I would have. So, off we went. He did well with his lunging and "stay" command. I desensitized him by using the long lead rope. He could have cared less. So, I let him go to run and self-exercise. He's always been very good about self-exercising (see photos below). Apparently the little colt missed Sunni because he was calling to him the entire time he was down in the arena!