Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Denver Colorado
• Horses: 0
I read each & every post. Have resorted to a list beside my computer to write down where I left off! So w/you'all alot in spite of sporadic posts & not being able to respond to all I'd like to. I loved the pics & story of Rick's lovely time. The kittens,the new filly,all your stories.
I have 2 more days of this (ever weird) work week,then Sunday for home chores, then Monday early out to SkyView. I didn't have time to tell of my learning experience last Monday: Janice happened to be close by doing feeding. I was going into Star's pen (big,smart gelding). I've gone into gate pulling the wheelbarrow,so am body-first to control the denizen. Star was close by, & shoo-ed him back w/my hands. Got the 'barrow in,but while going to close the gate he got right by me & out. Almost put me into the fence,but I jumped back quick. Janice came over,said no worries she'll catch him,but had decided to let me learn from the experience of what was going to happen,instead of jumping in & correcting me,which was wise (& we both were glad I hadn't gotten fence-pinned). She said I'd been too slow getting the 'barrow in & getting to the gate,& that Star had had no respect for me. He knew he could do it,& did. She explained alot of stuff in a few minutes,which hopefully soaked into my head,& said I could use the (plastic) rake to push someone back,that it will make me "bigger". Whew.
Hence this Monday's lesson in ground work body language,& not letting them run over me (& all that implies, & of course literally!) I have to learn to be the boss. "I have the manure rake, I have power!" I didn't tell Janice that most humans in my life have considered me prey, so maybe I have more in common w/the horses lol...have alot to learn. Thanks for listening.
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...