Ugh, it kills me to acknowledge that summer (and sunlight) is coming to an end. Why?!
The blaring signs are everywhere.
Red leaves popping up, a deer crossing my path on my way home that is now in the dark when it used to be still sunny, cooler evenings (I think the horses enjoy this though so I'm cool with that), etc.
Anyway, today on my way out to the barn, I got a text from Cliff saying "I'm here"
Can you believe that I forgot?! I think work has been so crazy busy and I've been working so long/late hours that it skipped out of my mind. No big deal as I was already on my way, but I was about 40 minutes away, so Cliff said he'd just get started. Things are still looking great and Cliff said to start getting him to trot a little bit and working new muscles. OK!
Here's his right rear, looking about half way to normal town!
Laz this week has been the wonderpony love of mine!
He's keen on wanting to listen and behaving so well, and is so happy and calm! LOVE him!! He's very mouthy and nibblely in a cute and cuddly way...I know that all horses are like that and I LOVE that he is! He's very gentle about it and every once in a while, he tests the limits and if I just "ACK" at him, he backs off. Boy, he is so sensitive...it's something I've really come to adjust to. His feelings are paper thin and he is QUICK learner. Angel boy!
So Tuesday, we had a great little ride. I even ventured out on the property where he hasn't been in months and he did great. He had such fun, in fact, he threw a couple of head toss, crow hopping bucks and trotted off with me. Fun and also, a bit interesting as I continue to learn his behavior. He was happy, not misbehaving and came right back down when I asked him to. VERY different to when he's checked out mentally..he was still there with me and wanting to romp and play a bit. A great sign.
Today, after his trim, I just hand walked him and he did great. He reads my body language so well in our workings, it's sometimes crazy cool.
I decided that I also wanted to start working with him in the trailer and getting him used to that for our future trail rides next year. So, today, I had him walk up with me and nibble some treats, stand quiet and back down. He did great and didn't hesitate a second. He DID get sweaty and a bit anxious, but behaved and listened. I'm sure, he associates trailer rides with racing, changes of home and not anything overly positive.
I was proud of him. I walked him out and around in a couple of circles and he let out a couple of rear, bucks a little too close to me, so I walked him back to the arena and lightly lunged him to get out his willies. I imagine he had some built up nerves and energy from the trailer...and I can equate it to this. You know when you are in your dark basement, doing laundry, and you come back up the stairs...and the last two to three steps you fly up feeling that twinge in your stomach like someone's going to grab your ankles?! I feel like Laz had that type of feeling, where bucking just felt good. No problem in my book. We went back in the trailer once he settled and he did great again. Done for the day and let him graze and chill.
Here's an interesting question for my knowledgeable readers.
When I arrived, Laz had this wet spot on his rump, shown below.
I didn't think anything of it, as if maybe he rolled in something wet.
I groomed/cleaned him and it dried.
I groomed/cleaned him and it dried.
After the trailer training, and him grazing for about a half hour..the spot was back. (picture below is after)
Sweat! Isn't it in a weird spot? He hasn't shown sweat in this spot before (his neck has a spot which appears sweaty first). Any reason for concern? Just weird?
And random, but wanted to share, I got this cool car sticker when I was in Harbor Springs, MI on vacation with the Hubby..isn't it perfect?!
Hope you all are enjoying these last days (weeks I hope) of summer with your horses!