I think I'm going to go off-piste now, and start a new thread in the Journal section purely about the horses. I will post a link here.
The snow is being oh so slow to go, and the media and all my friends reliably inform me that it really is slow for the area, not just to me as a newly arrived Brit! Normally apparently April would be our month of slush and sogginess with daily highs of 12 deg. Instead half the world is still covered with snow!
I am lucky though - we must be sitting in a warm spot as half my pasture (approx) is now clear of snow and the horses are hardly needing any hay. While my friend one block East is still deep in winter feeding with no ground visible!
The round pen and the arena have not of course been stomped down by the horses all winter, unlike the pasture and paddock, so the snow is deep there. Yesterday I opened up (with a shovel) the gate to the round pen and scattered a bit of alfalfa around inside. As per plan, my alfalfa addicts came in and wandered around, making some mess of the snow.
Today I just decided to go for it, and I took Ukon in there for his first lungeing session of the year. At walk of course
as he was wading through deep snow, but a total success. I qualify success thus:
- he responded correctly to my verbal and physical instructions
- he went in slow big circles at walk
- he learnt, he started to 'work' for the year!
A very very very short session of course, but
I also did a teeny bit of pressure - release work with both boys, having been reading Kelly Marks' book 'Perfect Manners'. I'm going to work through the exercises in that book, and then take another (of my many
) horse training books off the shelf and go through that one. Why have a library and not use it?