Friday, October 8, 2010

A Day Off And Trailer Loading

Well, when I got home from work, Renegade met me at the gate, nickering to me softly. I decided to just spend some undemanding time with him so I let him out in the yard to graze. He was at liberty and he started to move off from me so I played with disengaging his hq for a bit, then he decided to leave me at a trot so I mirrored him. It was soooo funny, he slowed down and turned to face me so I turned to walk away and he followed. Once he "caught" me, I stopped so he could graze and I was a human curry comb and scratched some of his favorite itchy spots. I then spent some time with my arm over his back from zone 3 and we stuck together while he ate. After about 15", I left him to go start getting the horse's feed ready.

When I got near the pasture, American was standing with her head over the gate and nickering to me, so I decided to bring her out and play with her. I decided to play with trailer loading since I hope to start taking her to a few playdays soon. We wandered over to the general vicinity of the trailer and played 7 games. America was doing great so I sent her to the trailer and she went in with her two front feet but backed out pretty quickly. I played with her in and around the trailer for a while longer and sent her in several more times and she got very confident at putting her two front feet and one back foot in and would stand quietly 3/4 in the trailer while I rubbed her all over. We've got some work to do to get that 4th foot in the trailer but her confidence with tonight's session was amazing. I think she'll be loading confidently in a few more days and I'll be taking her to play days soon!!

After her huge effort at trailer loading we took a break away from the trailer and listened to a friend play her guitar and sing. America seemed very facinated by the whole thing; she was watching and listening! She did this for about the length of two songs and then started grazing while I sat in a chair and listened to the rest of our "concert".



Parelli Central said...

Hi Kathy. Sounds like a great afternoon! My son went out in a friend's pasture while playing with his guitar (we were chatting and he got bored :-) and all the horses followed him around... How interesting!
I think horses like music...

Petra Christensen
Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
Parelli Central

craigeagle23 said...

Hi Petra! Horses either like music or they like the vibes we give off when we're playing or listening to music!!