Because I won’t be riding this horse till July at the earliest I really need a direction to work towards with him. Obviously as he gets bigger and stronger I will begin introducing him to tack and that he can be comfortable with it and give to pressure while wearing it. But in the mean time, I dunno.
D, the lady who owns the land/facility where I keep him has a 2½ year old KY Mtn. horse she’s been working with since he was a youngster, too. Their relationship is phenomenal. It has come about with a lot of baby steps, a ton of patience and repetition. I’d really like to try to develop a language and understanding and trust with my little guy the way she has. –and then if I get my dream-Arab in the fall/winter of this year I will be well rehearsed in how to go about things with him, too.
I’d really like to get my little guy responding to my body language and gestures on a big level. The whole sans lead line walk when I walk, turn when I turn, back when I back, jog when I jog, dodge when I dodge, stop when I stop, and hopefully a come when I whistle portion. It sounds fun and it sounds like a huge challenge, but I really want to see if I can accomplish it. He is such a brilliant, quick learner. I’m certain he can pick it up. I just hope I can be enough of a leader to get him to that point. I am the weakest link in this equation!
Time will tell. And while I’m being a snot about not wanting to post photos for awhile of him, I will try to post photos of the barn/fields/etc. and some of the other horses there. Maybe some videos of D and Jeanna playing with their horses. They have such fun tricks – like yawning on command! – they’ve taught them. Such a close bond. Both horses are also extremely sensitive to the slightest pressure since their two-legged counterparts have been kind enough to be so gentle with them. I hope I can manage this! What great teachers I have.
What ground exercises do you suggest? Anything fun and a little out of the ordinary?