Well please bear with me while all of this gets set up, we are going through our learning curves on getting this blog set up. Eventually there will be videos, lots of pics plus other articles about horses. This will be where a person can get their horse fix. But believe me we are much better at riding horses than setting up blogs. The other day we managed to erase 2 weeks worth of posts by accident. However we will be getting there.
Shizanee has pretty much healed from her wound. It will be interesting to see how much of a scar she will have. Unfortunately though, she has lost a bit of weight which is always a problem with her. She got fed more but could not graze with the others so now we need to get her weight back up, especially with winter upon us before one knows it. But the solution for that is one that she have no problem with, lots more feeding! Hopefully in another month she will be looking like her old self.
I have to say with the temperatures dropping down to the 70″s the riding has been fantastic, we are so fortunate to have so many trails to ride, it keeps it fun! Scout is really starting to get back to her “old trail riding self” with us running up hills , walking down them getting her in better shape each day. The rides are where we really have always bonded like I have seldom done with any other horse which is amazing.
The other day there must have been something dead back in one area in the woods as there are more turkey buzzards flying around than I have ever seen in one place before. Now these birds make Scout very nervous. When we first go fairly close to them on the way out she is a skittish, not really crazy about going on farther into the woods. She moves on but I can feel her hesitation. Well the other day we went on out with her not being real happy about this situation, I could feel her saying how about if we go back to come another day. Well when we came back after riding over 3 hours up and down hills all over for several miles with lots of running involved she had a very different attitude towards these buzzards! Obviously she can’t talk, (dang it that would really be fun if she could) but you can feel her attitude. Not a minutes worth of hesitation going past them. You can feel her attitude as you go by them that this is the closest, shortest, fastest way back to the barn so they better stay away from her as she is not about to go any farther than she needs to go to get there. She is not at all hesitant but down right defiant with an attitude showing that perhaps a good bite would be good for their attitude. Besides a snack right about now might be real tasty!
She is great, the ride goes as almost always really well to help continue our great relationship. I have ridden over a couple of hundred of horses but never have I had a relationship with a horse like the one I have with Scout. Now I love all of our horses a lot but there is just something there that is difficult to explain. We have our issues at times though. For a couple of years I let her get in the bad habit of walking off while I was getting up into the saddle, it is pretty easy for me to do it, clients thought it was funny. Kids thought it was cool so even though I know it is a stupid, possibly dumb thing to allow her to do, along with dangerous thing to allow, I permitted it. I would say I have got to put an end to that one of these days but then I would be in a hurry so just never dealt with it. I tell people all of the time not to do this (allow your horse to move as you are mounting) as someone could get hurt, it is really a very foolish thing to do. For reasons unknown to me I decided all of a sudden that this was not going to continue any longer she was going back to a horse who stands perfectly still while I mount her, not budging so much as an inch until I ask her to. Well let me assure you this was nothing that she agreed with at all.
How to stop this is really pretty easy as remember horses don’t want to do more than they have to do ever. So every time I would raise my left foot to put it in the saddle she would try to move, then each time she moved I held her reins in my left hand pulled slightly towards her left shoulder, then I chased her around in a circle until we were both dizzy, then I did the same to the other side, round and round we go, (this is so much fun). Well, not really at all for either of us but the best part is that it is never fun the horse, never. After about 4 or so times of doing this she is now a really great horse to mount, does not move her tail much less her body until I get on her, situated in the saddle, flex her and make her back up a couple of steps. It is really so easy to solve this problem, I have done so many times in the past I was really a little aggravated with myself that I had not taken care of this much sooner. Just a note for all of you out there that has a horse that does this it is truly one of the easier fixes with a horse, is foolish of you to allow plus is very dangerous so please take the time to fix this problem. You will never regret it. Remember to always have them back up a couple of steps as that tells the horse it is not time to take off.
Well that about rounds up everything for today, please check with the blog daily, hopefully there will be more and more interesting things on here. Feel free to make suggestions, comments or share information with me. I am not a tender foot but neither do I know all there is to know either, I crave new knowledge about horses! Give me some!!!