^^^EPIC Nick! I love it haha.
Gunslinger...I have no idea O.O haha. Ill have 10 months left on my contract after my DEROS in march so theyre saying theyre going to have me PCS somewhere but I wont get orders till about dec/jan. apparently armys new policy is you cant reup/change orders etc until 90 days out. Im hoping for Hood. then ill have about 6-7 months there before I have to decide whether to stay in or get out.
but really....anywhere in the REAL 'Murica is fine with me!! haha
if I did get Hood (fingers crossed) I could maybe get down to that cav. unit and see if there's any possibility of getting in there. if so then I would DEFINITELY re-up
in other news...haha
went out to the ranch with Chrissy today to fill Champs feed bin...apparently the "acting" director thought Champ was adopted so nobody fed him
because "that's the boarders job" but really he's just being sponsored (apparently...nobody has actually seen his sponsors so maybe that= good news for castle so castle can start riding him again!)
spent some time with lover boy, and our friend Keith and his daughter (who own patience...they FINALLY officially adopted him so he's going with them to cali next year!) were there cleaning up and Keith wanted me to take a stab at working with Merlin and Lancelot.
they're both old/ex head-tail trail ponies that were donated to the ranch for lessons and pony rides etc. but nobody has really worked with them.
they have HUGE separation problems, neither has any ground manners, Merlin (30+yr old QH) I'm pretty sure is going deaf, he's also very, very shy and very spooky.
Lance (unknown age, I'm pretty sure he's QH/draft) wont listen to ANY commands. he was just one of those, put his nose in another horses butt and hell follow them all day kind of horse. but we really have NO background info on them.
so I pulled Merlin out first and worked him free lunging and press/release on his head, bending, yielding his hindquarters, and just trying to get him to RELAX.
I have no idea what happened to him but he is absolutely TERRIFIED of being tied up. it took me 20 minutes just to get him to come with me near a fence. and if I even thought about looping the rope he backed up a good 20 feet. so I did a lot of just leaning on the fence, letting him stand there with a loose lead and try to relax...he never did get completely relaxed but he did go from tight as a spring to just standing square looking calmly around so I let him quit there.
Lance....oh lance. got him out, lunged him fine, he wont yield his hind, he bites (that was swiftly fixed...at least for today haha I'm sure hell try to bite me tomorrow) he has NO sense of pressure or direct reining. I tried to ground drive him for about 20 min. and yeah...were going to have to start completely over with him like he's a 2 yr old...but its going to be twice as hard because he has about 10 years of bad habits lol
he is good about getting the saddle on, I'm going to have to find a different bit and bridle though because his head is GINORMOUS and I don't have a bit long enough for his mouth rofl
hmmm I do have a 5 1/2" o ring that I was gong to use for Champ and a bridle...may have to dig it out and see.
so all in all it was really just a familiarization/eval on them today and tomorrow the real training is going to start (hmmm Im tempted to start a training thread for them but idk haha)
ill have to get my rope halter and bridle out for them tomorrow.
now shower time and party time! wooh wooh haha