4/4/12 Today I noticed an issue with my saddle that ended it's career until it can be fixed or replaced. :( So called the tack shop to see if they had what I'm looking for. It's time for an upgrade anyway.
Today I lunged Buck to get him some cardio. Walk, trot and lope. He did much better than his first day, but tested him some and tried to do his own thing. Once he worked up a good sweat and was doing really well at the (point means go) I put another saddle on him (doesn't fit very well with a rider on him so I just use it as an accessory for training purposes). So I slapped the saddle on him and grabbed the whip and blue tarp and proceeded to sack out.
Buck was a champ with the whip. Whipped about 2 inches from his face, butt and sides and he didn't move a muscle. (Clint Anderson Style). Plus was able to toss the whip all over him and scratch him every where. :)
Now the BLUE HORSE MONSTER EATING TARP: Buck did an amazing job at this one. I folded it up the size of a saddle blanket and rubbed it all over him. Then opened it up a fold and rubbed more, the opened half way (about a 10X10 tarp) and throw it across his back and flapped it. Keep in mind this whole process took about 45 mins to an hour to get the the season finale. But it was worth it.
My husband brought home a horse show flyer and since I just got a new horse trailer, well new to me :) I was thinking about seeing if my daughter would like to take Buck in the local horse shows. Then I got to thinking, wow, I have a lot to teach Buck before he will even be able to compete in a horse show.
So the goal was to get Buck into shape for the fun days at the saddle club and 4H. Now the goal just got bigger. Prepare him for a summer of horse shows. Yikes, that seems so much bigger and I have so much to learn. I was only in one horse show as a kid and I remember how much work just the appearance was. But I'm up for the challenge on getting him ready. He's doing so much better now. He'll be getting a complete vet check up and shots in 2 weeks and his eyes checked. Gosh I hope there are no issues there!