Monday, January 16, 2017

First Tour of the Neighborhood

Apprehensive baby horse says, "I don't
know about this." Her worried eyes
are the cutest thing ever.
Since my boarding situation isn't exactly the norm (no arena, no indoor, no "horse only" hacking trails, etc) in that the first steps off the property are directly onto a roadway, I wanted to take the opportunity to start working with Annie regardless of the weather because I didn't want her to settle into a routine of being with Spud and Suzie 24/7 and not getting used to leaving them.

One of the biggest problems a lot of horses have is barn sourness and despite the fact the weather is El Poo, I don't want Annie getting too kushy or comfortable in her new lifestyle and find out a few weeks down the road it is going to be a fight to get her to leave the barn.

Anyways, that was just a long-winded way to say I don't want Annie to become too habituated at the barn with my other two.

We also worked on standing still while I move
away so I can get confo shots.
I think we got a pretty decent one... kind of lol.
 Thus, we went for a hand-walk around the neighborhood.

Things that did not phase her?

- Barking dogs/ dog that ran out and attempted to attack my Shepherd
- Strollers
- Cars
- Puddles
- Ice
- Chickens
- Meeting a new horsey friend
- Leaving new horsey friend (there was some pretty pitiful whinnying, but that was about it)
- Bridling (we did it about 5-6 times)
- Blanketing
- Standing while I moved away to get confo pictures

Things that did phase her?

- Me asking her to pick up her hind leg.

I imagine this was her face when I
tried to pick up her hind foot.
She was immediately corrected and we went back to the basics on "You pick up your feet when I ask and I don't give a shit if you hate it.". The Come To Jesus meeting helped immensely and I feel as though this is a good place to nip it in the bud.

Other than that, I'm pretty confident to get on her and toodle around solo once the ice melts a bit more. She is very calculating and smart, which is intriguing to see in such a young and inexperienced horse.


  1. She's beautiful and seems to be well grounded and not spooky at all. It's good to keep working with her from the ground before trusting her on the road while you're in the saddle.

  2. Sounds like you're getting started on the right foot!

    1. The "figuring eachother out" process is a lengthy one, but you cannot afford to miss steps!

  3. I'm loving her...beautiful, and a good mind!

  4. Sounds like a good first outing! Not a moment to lose when starting a young one.