So, time for another bit of an update. Sam
is currently continuing his break from riding. This'll make 4 or 5 weeks off now. I wasn't riding him in October because during the transition of summer to winter, we've gotten a sudden burst of cold weather, tons of rain, freezing rain, and small spots of warmth. So with the shock of the temps, he lost a decent amount of weight that my trainer and I figured it wasn't fair to make him work. I also gave him another dewormer since it was starting to look like he needed it. So that, plus, going through 3 1,600 pound bales, and getting a mash of alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, and Step 8 food for all of October, he's finally putting on weight again! Oh, and he's been getting blanketed practically every night to help him out since he doesn't have enough of a natural coat to deal with the cold yet. But at least he's getting back to having proper weight on him.
On the downside, last week he freaked out during the night. One morning I got up and an hour later, I had the lady at the barn who helps take care of it send me a message. She said two of the fence railings were broken to my paddock and she'd found Sam several yards off near the walking trail that's behind the paddocks. So the guess is that he either went under the fence, or over it. I'm thinking over it because of the way the broken boards are laying on the ground, and the fact the electric wire/fence is still up in the middle as well. Also, the metal piping on top of the fence in the one spot is also dented. So something seriously spooked Sam enough to break the fence, and then jump over it without getting a proper running start since the paddock is so muddy.
As a result of this, his lower back and hips are sore. So that means it's time to call out a chiro. However, I'll have to wait to do that until my next paycheck as this one has to go towards his teeth which despertly need to be done, plus he's still able to move around just fine. My trainer actually thought he totally normal and good when he was free lunged since he still tore around the arena like crazy with bucks and kicks and whatnot the whole time. He's scheduled to have his teeth done on the 18th. I'm just hoping it goes better then when I got him vaccinated. But at least this time I'll have my trainer with me to help out which is good.
As for Jack
, I got to introduce him to my trainer for the first time the other day. She's also a trainer and since Sam is out of commission for the moment, she's going to focus on helping me out with Jack.
Our first session was just for her to meet him and get an idea as to where his training level is at and spot any holes I may have missed. We did a bit of free lunging first so he could get out his initial burst of energy and she could see his movement (which she called cute) before catching him again. She went on to see how he was to lead and how he responded to being asked to yeild different parts of his body before moving to lunge him. It was kind of funny to watch her try to lunge him since she used different cues than I do and when I tried to explain it to her, she decided to let me do it so she could see how I got him to do it.
The thing is with Jack, I realized early on that he's very sensitive so I worked that to our advantage. Despite not having done a whole lot of lunging, he knows all his cues verbally. So I just have to tell him to walk and he does, same with trot. I typically point in the direction I want him to go in so he knows where I want him to head off to, but otherwise, that's it. And once he's trotting, all I have to do is say "and walk" and he pretty much immediately goes back to a walk. Even when asking him to stop and turn, I either can do it almost completely with just words, or purely just with a point of my finger. Of course it's not perfect all the time, but he's one of the best horses I've ever lunged and he's the most green horse I've ever lunged lol.
We did do a few other things as well, such as brush him, clean out his feet, lower his head and generally get a feel for him. At the end, she told me she was rather impressed with him. Makes me very excited to know that she's impressed since I know he's an awesome little horse and also considering he's the first horse I've "rehabbed" so to speak with his fear of humans and then to actually start his training from scratch, it makes me feel like I'm actually managing to do something right lol, despite feeling a little lost sometimes.
Can't wait until our next session and we can do something new with him and get some more pointers.