Ponying a young horse has many benefits which can make a colt start easier. Experiencing me from the top and being able to take her on real trail rides next to a quiet horse, are just two of them. After having accepted the cinch and learnt to trust me and communicate well on the ground, I started to teach Dancing to pony.
Dancing is really smart and I have to keep it interesting for her. She already learnt all 7 games and accepted the cinch. I decided to change venue and took her into the forest add some purpose. One day she will do nice trail rides with her owner!
Meet Dancing, a 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. She is here to be lightly started under saddle as is now learning first preparations on the ground. Confidence to communicate with me and yielding to pressure are the main focus points.
This week Tadjik had a lot of variety! I took him out into the forest next to Sahel two times. He is obviously used to doing that, which I knew. What he didn’t know so well is forest and the animals we have in our forest.
Zayin had a hard time this week. We started with an exceptionally good session on Monday, but the next day was very bad, he had huge issues already when grooming. So I decided that it was time to have him checked by a Vet. Sometimes physical pain has a big influence on the emotions of a horse.
Tadjik feels like vacation in comparison to Zayin! He is so nice, happy and clear in his mind, it is just pure bliss to work with him! He is saying hello to everybody passing his stable, coming with ears forward when I call him for his daily play and is simply a happy little boy.
I was very happy with Zayin this week. I start to get the feeling that we are heading in the good direction. The Figure 8 rope was a very good idea for him. It prepared him well for the next step: Long reins.