about 2 weeks ago I bought my first horse! 6 year old "breed stalk paint" named "cody". Thought i'd give some updates on him. For his first 3 days at his new home he lived in our round ring. That way he could see the herd and they could see him, and get used to each other etc. well on his first day, the smart little bugger let himself out of the round ring!! The owner of the barn happened to look out her house window to see him just munching grass on her front lawn, aha! Luckily he's a good boy and walked right back in for her. Another boarder at the barn said I should re-name him houdini lol. As far as I know he has never been in crossties. So that was new for him. He was constantly walking forward in them. So every time he moved forward I would move him back. I must sat I am very happy I got him now and not a year ago, because I have become ALOT more patient!! Today I had him in crossties and I was with him and he only moved once!! And I pointed at his chest and he backed up! However when I left him to go get something he walked as far forward as he could, but when I started walking back to him he backed himself into the spot he knows he should be. Haha.
I have been bringing him in and lunging him everyday, and doing a "join up". Its been working wonders!! He doesn't turn his bum to me at all anymore! And it doesn't take NEAR as much effort to get him to follow me through the mud as it did before (as you will see in the pictures, our paddock is extremely muddy. Oh the joys of mud season. I can't wait until summer when we can open the grass fields up for them to enjoy!)
Today after we finished our session he followed me everywhere! When he decided it was about time for a role (he was sweaty) he walked about 5 strides away, had his role and then walked right back to my side!! The owner of the barn brought in one the ponies and we let them do there thing in the arena, when we had to go get him I called his name and he started walking towards me! I will forever do ground work with any horse that comes into my care for the rest of my life. Its amazing how much it works!! I find my relationship with cody has become so much stronger since I started ground work with him. I love him <3 and I know he'll give me a run for my money as he's almost too smart for his own good, but I can't help but look forward to all the challenges and experiences in our future. I believe he will not only make me a stronger horse person and rider but a strong person in life as well. There is so much we can learn from working with horses :)
Norman was the first horse Cody made friends with in the herd (they still play "halter tag" frequintly when I leave codys halter on) however they were both on diffent "hay islands" when I took this picture. You could just imagine then having a conversation
Norman: come over here and play
Cody: no you come over here and play!
Haha <3 they both have the greatist persinalities. Before I got Cody, Norman was my favorite horse living at the farm. I used to ask his owner if I could steal him for some "norman time".
Cody and myself
These are from my cell phone. Which is why there so small and not that great quality wise.