Since Thunder is lame, I took Wings out for a ride on Monday. He had his good and bad moments. I was very proud of how he navigated all the obstacles - he crossed the creek numerous times and went up and down hills without hesitation. However when we stopped to check out the abandoned cabin, he had a breakdown. I tied him briefly while I went inside and he proceeded to throw a fit. I walked out at one point just in time to catch a glimpse of him pulling back and rearing. Bad boy! I was afraid he would break the lead and take off into the woods, so I untied him and remounted. We returned home without incident. I did enjoy taking him out, but I will say that his sole purpose our entire ride was to return home asap (whereas Thunder actually enjoys looking around and getting out). All in all we had a good time and went about 7 miles.
The highlight of my week so far, however, has been working with this girl. Sorocca is an 8 yr old mustang who was given to me last year after being rescued from a neglectful situation. She has some serious trust issues now due to her past (we were able to trace her history and found she has been through 3 different bad homes). I haven't had a lot of time to work with her in the past year...I have trained a couple horses before but she is something different as she can be very unpredictable, even dangerous at times. She isn't aggressive but she is incredibly smart and will often employ every trick in the book to avoid contact with people.
I actually backed her and rode her twice a little over a year ago but her under saddle training was put on hold when she started exploding while being tacked. However, since Thunder has been injured I have had the time to start working with her again. The other day I was able to tack her up. Today I RODE her!!
And I have proof! (You'll have to pardon our lovely Carolina mud!)
It was only for a few minutes but she was very good and I was incredibly proud of her!
Maybe my future endurance mount? Only time will tell! :)
Got out very briefly today, as life got in the way. The original plan was DH and I were going to ride this morning, then head down to Harrisburg for the horse expo. Instead, he got called into work for an "issue" so I took Dream and Sultan out on my own.
Weather was pretty unpleasant, with outright temps in the low 20s with a stiff wind (windchill was likely below zero, but I made a point not to look!), and snow showers. I had gotten a couple miles out when DH called and filled me in on the issue - the receptionist quit without notice, so he was there answering calls, etc. It was also a day everyone's heaters decided to break, so service calls were coming in fast (DH owns/runs a heating and air conditioning business). He would have gone out on calls himself, but someone needed to be there to answer phones. So I turned around and headed home (and am currently sitting in the office answering phones!).
On a good note, Sultan was fantastic for ponying. You would have thought he had been doing it for years. He stayed right along side us on a loose line and we even cantered! So while it wasn't a long ride (only did about 4 miles), it was a good one.
Dawn, maybe you have found you new calling no pun intended. Sorry about the receptionist...that must have bit.
That is terrific about Sultan though. How old is Sultan and how long has Dean owned him? He is such a pretty fellow!
Actually, her having left unexpectedly is more of a PITA than just covering this week.. as now I am going to have the dilemma of do I keep my current vet tech job or do I take this one. This one pays better, but I am hesitant to work for/with my DH as that just seems like a recipe for disaster up the road. Anybody have experience working with their spouses?
Sultan (and George) are both coming 14. Dean has had them about 7 years now. The boys are half-brothers who have been together their entire lives (born 2 weeks apart). Dean actually went to look at/buy Sultan, but the breeder said it was a package deal or none.