So, I haven't made it out to the barn a lot lately due to a combination of being unable to do a lot of activity anyhow because of the whole collarbone issue (for a while I didn't have much mobility in my arm and I'm still restricted on lifting weight/putting pressure on it). Still, I've been missing being with my horse and today was really nice weather so I pushed myself into going.
Plus, I needed to take down his supplements and retrieve his grazing muzzle since he broke the clasp. Anybody know where to get clasps like the one on here? I figure there must be a place to get them so I don't have to replace the entire thing.
Anyhow, it was nice just to go out and see him, I have to say. Like, I didn't realize how much I was missing 'horsey time' until I got out there. So I led him into the barn to do some grooming (he's gotten quite fuzzy as the weather's cooling off and the days are getting shorter!). His tail was kind of a mess but we got that taken care of too. I'm glad to see his hooves look to be in pretty good shape, though he's due for the farrier soon.
In the barn, he was kind of wiggly and snorty. I think a combination of not having been taken out of the field in a while and having to just stand and be still and the barn owners had their truck and trailer outside with the engine going as they got ready to take their horses somewhere. Still, I just ignored it and acted like the activity outside was no big deal.
Then I took him over to the round pen for some free longing. I can't ride yet (and I don't want to make my first ride back after he's not been ridden for about six weeks and I'm still kind of healing to be done more or less alone so....there's that) but I figure it's about time to start working him on the ground at least and getting him back into the idea that he has to listen. ;)
Wouldn't you know that he started trotting nicely when I asked him to, cantering same way, came back down easily, and so on. All the transitions up and down were pretty good. A couple times on the "waaaaaalk" ones were iffy but he's always been a bit iffy there and I think it's because when he was trained to do this they didn't have him walk so it doesn't actually make sense to him and we don't actually do this sort of thing enough for it to really stick.
So I didn't do that for long as I figured there was no point today. Think I'll go back a few times at least to do it again for a more significant period of time just to get him moving and such before we start riding again.
And that's it! :) All in all, it was a good day.
6 days ago