Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Welcome to the fun side, Celeste! When I pop in, I generally just go back a page or two to catch up. It's sort of a running conversation.
I've been fiddling with the little horse. Some personality is starting to show now. When we got her, she had a scuffed up face, where the coarse cattle halter she was picketed in rubbed her. I've been keeping ointment on it, and changed to a soft halter. I think now, that it wasn't entirely the halters fault. Whenever we picket her in a new place, she tests the limit and security of the rope by bounding off till she finds the end.
Couple days ago was very windy. A tropical storm was passing by us to the north. At the top of a hill, she spooked at something behind us. A quick jump, and repositioning to look at what ever it was. Didn't need any correction from the lead rope. I gave a sharp "HO!" and she stopped. Could be that was all she was going to do anyway. After I fiddled with her a while in the corral, we went back down the hill with the wind still kicking up. She eyed something in the woodline, but a tug on the lead got her attention back on me.
Sometimes on the lead, she'll arch her neck and give a bit of a prance. Youthful exuberance I suppose. Again, a slight tug on the lead gets her back to me. But she stands perfectly still for grooming and handling her feet.
Barring more rain, I plan to introduce the saddle to her tomorrow.