Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Clay Maier

I asked Marty if she would consider hosting a clinic by Clay Maier - expecting to be shot down. She didn't though and said she would look him up on the internet.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

So hot.

I get out to the stable early - yesterday at 6:40 am, today at 8:00 am but sweat through my clothes anyway.

Yesterday, I think I taught Zwarte a bad thing. He learned that, while longeing, he could turn outward and change directions and I would lose control of him. So today, I decided we would back up a little bit, put the chain on his nose and do small, tight longes where I kept control. If he tried to pull away, his nose hurt. This seemed to give him the message and he didn't try running off again. It is a bad thing to have him running off with the longe rope wrapped around my ankle. This is entirely my fault.

I get joy from just looking at him. After his workout and rinse, I took him down to graze in the shade. He seems to be growing a little rump high again - but not as oddly as when he was a yearling. He also shows no ribs at all.

He has quit trying to bite me and actually seems affectionate. He quits eating to come over and hang out with me. Maybe he is hoping for a banana. This horse looooves bananas.

I have been thinking about long-lining him. This would actually be better than longeing. But Fred's wife was killed in May long-lining a horse. It is hard to fathom Fred being dead. And now his wife. How sad.

I remember they had a picture of Grandpa Anderson astride a beautiful black horse - probably when he went to Mexico to chase Pancho Villa. I'd love to have that picture.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Progressing with my black horse

The reason I started a new blog was that I really didn't want some people to read my blog. This is more a recording of impressions and progress, a history.

Today was a fine day. I went to the barn with goals in mind. I planned to walk ZwD in hand with a chain over his nose and a crop in my right hand. This worked well because he was less inclined to try to walk over me - and the time he did try to, I just gave him a little smack with the crop. I think we are both getting it.

After that, I sprayed his mane and tail with detangler. The hair seems very dry.

The fly spray I purchased, Tri Tec 14, comes highly recommended by reviewers and it does seem like he is less bothered by flies than his paddock-mate, Fendi.

After our walking lesson, I let him graze green grass in the lane. He just loves that. Later, in his paddock, he hung around touching me. I think he likes me.