I didn't enter anything yesterday so I'll catch up today.
Yesterday: I got home and got Rascal groomed and ready to saddle, again. He stood like a BOSS! No fidgets, not even a side step! I led him out and he didn't stiffen up or react at all. I was so pleasantly surprised.
We went for a walk, about 2 miles around the dirt roads, up and down hills, and he never acted like the saddle was there. I chalked it up to a darn good experience, took his tack off, brushed him out, rubbed his belly, and HAND gave him a treat. (I usually won't give him treats except out of his bucket.)
Today 6:00 a.m. Fed him and cleaned the storm leaves out of his water. No treats this morning because he wouldn't let me get his halter on in the pasture.
It rained last night so he was damp and muddy on the legs and belly. I brought him out to groom in the driveway. Cleaned his hooves out. (?Still occasional lightening in the distance making him spooky?
) He was antsy and the dogs spooked him pretty bad while I was cleaning mud off his legs
**** dogs. I locked them in their house after they had eaten. (Note: Start retraining dogs on sending away.)
I put his old pad on, and put the surcingle over it since he is still a bit damp . I usually won't tighten it much, barely enough to hold it stable, but I cinched it down like I would his saddle. I tied the leathers and irons to the top rings so they could flop around a bit. Away we went to his exercise spot. (Post setting for the round pen this weekend?) All I had in mind was a light workout because it is slick.
He went at the walk with no problem. I left his whip propped on the carport DUHH. He went into a walk on the line with a simple point and "Walk on." Directions changes are smooth as glass at the walk now. 10-15 minutes of walking.
I decided to get him into a slow collected trot. He took 2 strides and threw a HUGE buck, the stirrups hit his sides and he froze. I think he spooked himself still which is a first. Maybe the spook in place exercises are working??
I got him moving again in small tight formation for about a minute (it's slick so I was careful, and not as forceful with moving his feet as I normally am.) As I let him out on the lead and gave him cluck and "trot on," his signal for a slow trot with collection, all is well. I kept him trotting for about 10 minutes with several direction changes. (Slow to a walk "Come down,"change with point- body position- verbal command "change", trot on again.)
This is routine for him, he knows this. He is warmed up, but not remotely hot when we stop. Worked on yielding hind, coming to with hind, give over (whole body yield) Then stretching-flexing-relaxation exercises for another 10 minutes. He feels sticky in the left hind
. No pulling the leg away, but circles with it are not as fluid as I would like. Maybe he pulled/stretched something with the huge buck he threw?
I'll bring him out again this afternoon for a few minutes IF it doesn't rain again. No signs of the sticky feeling when I move him out, just something I felt with the yoga circles. I may be worrying to much, but with the footing being what it was, and the buck....I'll keep an eye on it for a couple days.
Untacked and let him graze in the chain link for an hour while DH got off to work. As DH is leaving, he comes back in the house and says "You gotta see this!" Rascal has rolled in the grass and is covered in wet sticky grass. Thanks Rascal, now I can brush you again *sigh.*
I swear I think he does this so I'll scratch his belly when I knock the grass off him.
I let Gidgette out with us for a few minutes as she is calmest and behaves the best. I sent her around and around him, no reaction. I got her to talk to me (bark) and nothing other than a prick of his ears. I tied Rascal and worked Gidgette for about 15 minutes right beside him. He fell alseep LOL.
I'll work with each dog until I get a reaction from him. I really need to know which dog he is objecting to so I can stop that before it starts.