So I've decided to make a little journal on here of Kaja's training. If you are reading this and do not know about Kaja, here is the first thread I made about her: Uh. So. I..um..bought a Fjord.
So I have now owned Kaja for 3 weeks. On Tuesday, the vet came up for her and Java (roommate's QH weanling) to get their mouths looked at. Both had gotten hay with foxtails in them and developed awful ulcers in their mouths. We (roommate and I ) didn't even notice until we saw blood all over their lips. But those are cleaned out and in the process of healing. I also learned from the vet appointment that my little filly I thought was about a yearling is actually 2.5 years old.
Kaja has already gained a noticeable amount of weight in such a short amount of time. I am pleased. Oh! And I measured her as best as I could today with my little measuring tape. She's 12.3hh according to it. I'm hoping she grows some more and fills out a lot more with proper hay.
In the last 3 weeks, we have also worked on leading enough that we can walk with little issue to the main barn. Java and Kaja are being kept in a smaller barn that was once used for sheep. Java is very testing of fences and the one paddock they could go in is currently being used by boarder horses and she can also wiggle her way out of it. If Java does not actually go back to my roommate's family's house over Thanksgiving, we'll have to figure something out..
Today, we worked on desensitizing. She's rather jumpy if she gets patted without seeing you first. I imagine this will pass soon enough when she gets used to being around more people and me in general. But first I rubbed her all over with my short-stringed lunge whip. She was very unsure about it at first, but after a few minutes, it wasn't so scary.
Then there was some big pieces of plastic from new cavaletti block things I unwrapped, so waved those all over until she calmed down and let me rub her with it. That didn't take long to not be scary either.
Then we lead around the area for a while and worked a little bit on yielding forequarters and hindquarters in small circles before going to get the really long stringed whip. I waved that all over and slapped it on the ground. All I received from that was a "..really?" look. I figured that was a good note to end on and gave her the uniprim for her mouth and she got to go back outside.
Sidenote: Abby, my 9 year old APHA mare, is also learning new things..like how to build back and butt muscles. Tonight was our first day of cavaletti. I did groundpoles a few times undersaddle with her, but she cruised right over those without any effort. I remembered a boarder just bought those cavaletti block things and decided to try it out. I was expecting protest, but she seemed to actually enjoy having something to think about while lunging rather than just going in circles.
I did set one pole up higher to make a like foot and a half jump just to see the fail because I know she's not a jumper. My horse was not meant to jump. Just no. She got maybe 2 good ones in otherwise it was just hilarious to watch. Maybe when she actually develops some muscle she might pull it off but not now.