Yea, this tack sale couldn't have come at a better time! I went through EVERYTHING and we have tack that hasn't been used in YEARS! I had two saddles for Bart that I'm getting rid of, three saddles that are normal horse sized (You know, back when I didn't have two drafts and a tiny pony..) as well as his old halters/bridles/bits/blanket, and some other various horse things that weren't going to work with either of the big guys we have right now.
And the other big guy is a 6 year old American Cream Draft.. Yuri. My dad bought him pretty much green and he has stayed that way for the year we've owned him. I am not a fan of his, our personalities don't mash. Doz doesn't like him much either. So, he pretty much is just a lawn ornament that eats and poops.
I finally got off my butt and took Doz on a walk down the street. Plans fell through with my friend - so no ride today. He did pretty well on the walk. He was calm and confident walking the parts we had already walked before but did have a little tantrum when we turned the corner to walk past the church. He spooked at four motorcycles (which was stupid because we constantly have those buzzing around our backyard) and three teenagers walking down the street. Seriously? I don't know the reasoning behind that but I have a sneaking suspiscion that he did it because I wouldn't let him eat anything during the walk.
Once again, plans for a ride got canceled. The new plan is for Wednesday.
I took him out on a 30 minute walk today. Only one spook this time and I'm pretty sure it happened because we were walking past grass and trees and I wouldn't let him eat. I still have to work with him on paying attention to his feet. He goes all over the place! One minute he'll be walking at the edge of the street by the curb, the next he'll be half on the curb half on the street, and then he'll somehow end up in the middle of the street. Okay, not really the middle, but farther over than I want him to be.
I think I'm going to call up my horse trainer and see if she can go on a walk with me and him. I just feel like I'm not reacting to his spooks and distractedness like I should be to teach him to stop doing it. For instance, sometimes I pet him and try to calm him down when he spooks or acts a little concerned, other times I shake the reins and tell him he needs to just focus on me and what I want, not what is going on around him. I'm thinking my reaction should be a bit of both, you know, reassure him that he is safe but remind him that he has a job to be doing. I just don't know how to do that.
And, I'm putting a pic of how rediculous I made him look for this walk. He sported two braids (the rest of the hair was loose), his flymask, his bridle, a 'sparkly necklace', and a dirt covered body. If that isn't attention grabbing then I don't know what is.