Through this week we have been making mulch out of all the old branches, to strengthen the ground in front of his shelters. It has worked. Plus it is finally drying up everywhere.
Also, yesterday his shelter got cleaned out completely. We found all kinds of pieces of wood and 2 massive metal panel doors underneath everything (when the horses got access to the shelter it was with a deep layer of old hay for bedding)
So now he has a fresh bunch of old hay to rest in if he chooses to.
He is nice and shiny, respects people when they work - doesn't even come to bother use, spent most time eating his extra hay net anyway
Today I took him for a short lunge. Videos are uploading. He was a very nice responsive guy, apart from a few times when he did not want to turn his blind eye towards me. We even managed to trot a circle with me just 2 m from him.
I was proud to see him canter correctly on both hands, trotting nicely, checking me most of the time, he never really shut off. Also it was too warm for him, trotting, cantering on soggy ground, winter coat, sun shining.. he sweated just a little bit on his chest, but he still gets a little stressed with work, he wants to work, but stresses a little.
Then we walked off a little to stop the panting, walked him to the tie up place, tied him up and sat down for a while. Also walked off to pick up the basket with brushes, that I had elsewhere, and he did great, just standing there. Cleaned all 4 feet with no problems, no damage from the mud, he has just cracked one front hoof at some point, but nothing serious. Soon we get the farrier to come and it will be fixed.
Also tried on leg-guards, this time he was very accepting towards them, but I could barely close them. They are FULL sized ones... whoopsie. IMG_0443 (478x640).jpg
Brushed him off, he lets me brush his tail too, no problems.
Then I saddled him, to check for the saddle fit, to remind him of the saddle, found out that we can use Teddy's 125 cm belt, without problems atm. When tightened it closes to 3rd holes on both sides.. its a leather belt with extending ends.
He really did not care much of the saddle, when I let him sniff it he started licking it.
Moved the stirrups, he did not blink even. Jumped next to him, no reaction.
Put my fut in the stirrup, put some weight in it, he turned to lick my leg
What a funny horse. Stepped more on the stirrup and pulled myself on the saddle, stayed laying down on it, holding the lead rope with one hand, and patting him all over with the other.. he really did not care.
I was very tempted to raise my other leg over the saddle, but as we were alone and outside of the pasture even, I decided better not.
But he does not seem to pose problems for starting him to be ridden. IMG_0462 (640x478).jpg IMG_0468 (640x478).jpg IMG_0474 (478x640).jpg
After unsaddling I took him out of the property, near the road. Wanted to walk and graze near the road so he gets more used to being there, but the bin collector truck came and I took him back inside quickly, so we have more distance. He did not care.
Walked outside, grazed some, hanged out, he did not care.
Took the bin, he spooked a little. Showed some fantastic side stepping.
Oh ye, through the lunging we were trying leg yielding from the ground again, and it worked a lot better from both sides. Seems like he has understood.
He is a real sweety, and at some points it looked like he would rather spend time with me than graze :)
Afterwards I took him back to the field, went and filled his water, gave him more hay to nibble on, and that's it for now..
I really love him..
Oh, and we got linseed "meal", as in the remains from making oil.