Took Rob out and sewed the biggest of the holes, or so I thought. He gets bit a lot in the pasture and I don’t like that very much, I hope he learns a little more stealthy behavior before he’s out there without a super think blanket on. He was getting antsy during the mending. I’m getting bit frustrated with his pawing.
He actually pawed while I was combing through his (really beautiful) tail. I smacked his tush, but he didn’t seem to really care. It is a game as whenever I walk away, he paws. I think ignoring it is the best thing to do. He is so much like Cobrizo it is crazy.
He’s not pawing hard enough to hurt himself/hooves on the pavement. I do reprimand him, but he doesn't seem to really care.
I brushed him and then came the hoove picking. I started with his left front and he was a JERK. “no, no, whoa, whoa, no” – he struggled up down, up down, up down. I held on and didn’t let him put his leg down. Eventually he gave in and I could hold it up and then pull it out. Left back – JERK Again – “Robby NO, Who, No, who. ARGHHH” – Again after a while, settled down. (I’m not going to lie, messing around with the back legs is not my cup of tea).
His right side of his boy – fine. ROBBY!
Then I tried the new surcingle I purchased from Farm and Fleet. I think he liked it better than the leather one I was using.
He pawed a little and fidgeted, but overall not bad. I kept pulling and putting more pressure in his mid-section. At first he would lean in and try to kick the girth with his front foot.
We went out with no shovel incidents to the small indoor. No free lunge this time. Started with the short parelli rope. Walked, stopped, walked, stopped with me on his off side. He was Robby Scared of the corners, but did a nice job.
We did some friendly game and a lot of facing up. A few circles and then I put on the long rope.
I love how he WALKS with no pressure to go faster. So many horses get on the lunge line and take-off. Rob is happy walking. Then I asked for a little more and he did a powerful trot. His trot has developed so nicely since Sept. He is such a pretty mover. It’s like he has a mission and a purpose of getting somewhere. I don’t like the way the “new” Arabian hunter moves (nowhere). Not Rob, he’s on a trotting mission.
Today we worked on picking up the canter too. I don’t want him to get too rushy so I don’t push it if he breaks back down to the trot. He walked and stopped both ways.
He must have been pinched a bit by the girth as when cantering to the right he kept trying to kick at his middle with his left back leg. Kinda dorky – nothing too major. No bucks, though, just hops.
Then I stopped him in the middle and took off the surcingle and pad incase he wanted to roll.
HE GOT HOT! WOW was it sexy. He’s such a pretty mover. He snorted and sprung around. He stuck very close to me which wasn’t that safe, but I’m not afraid of him running over me. He is an Arab and he knows where his feet are.
I left him alone to put the lunge lines away. I thought it would be good for him. He’s such a drama king – as soon as I left and he settled down and just walked around.
He’s the easiest horse to catch (even when you don’t want to catch him). He was waiting at the door when I came back.
Then it turned into blanket sewing. Arghhh – inside and out – ROBBY! There was a huge rip inside the blanket in addition to mini-holes all over the place.
I wish the darn horse blanket repair people would call us back! Customer service in WI – I tell ya. #SomepeoplesKids