Now that I don't have a trainer coming weekly (or bi-weekly), my horses are looking to me as their herd leader. FINALLY! You have no idea what a difference this has made.
And, I do believe that the horse I'm making the most progress with is....(drum roll...)... SCOUT! We've reached an unspoken agreement. I am the leader. Period. She waits at the corral gate and, once in the arena, she comes to me when I call her. Isn't that a big step forward? I let her out today and she got some R&R in the arena (about 45 minutes). Then, I took her up to the wash rack, tied her, walked away to get my box of grooming supplies, and she stood still. I groomed her all over and cleaned her feet. She cooperated 100%.
Wow! They are ALL shedding like crazy! I actually think that Quad shed the most.
I got all 5 of them out, exercised them all, and brushed each one of them! And, I've been off work 3 days with a relapse of the flu. I was on day 4 of my z-pak today, and today I actually felt...NORMAL! (Hey, Hope...isn't that great?) I actually had the energy to take out each one to either the arena or round pen, exercise them, and then brush them! :-) (...drum roll...)
But, it is with Scout that I think I'm making the most progress.
Gigondas kinda flipped out today at the tie rack...she tried to break away about 3x, but I talked to her quietly and got her to relax. It WAS windy up there and I think the trees moving spooked her. But, she TRUSTED me enough to stay with me. GOOD GIRL!
I walked Quad down into the arena and he ran and kicked and farted and rolled for a good 45 minutes! I was glad to see him so energetic! SPRING is in full blossom up in our local mountains and ALL the horses are frisky!
I let Sunni out last and I took him up to the arena. I brushed him down in his corral. He was the least "hairy". Lucille...well, she's a hairy mammoth! My goodness...what a LOT of hair!
It was good to get out today. I've been cooped up at home for 3 days in my pajamas. Today, however, I felt, well...NORMAL! I have one more day of antibiotics. One of my colleagues, who was also out 3 days, still isn't feeling well and I urged her to go back to urgent care. She's still coughing and still feeling fatigued. Poor thing. I may have to drive her over there tomorrow as her husband is out of town..
Some photos from today...
Take care and DON'T get sick!
It was a good day. I'm glad I drove up to see the horses today! :-)