Just have to take a moment to jot down what I did with Apache Moon today. I went and got him in from the field a little after breakfast and spent a fair amount of time with him in the barn aisle - doing some targeting with the clicker, then working with him to stand while I groomed him and tacked him up.
The wind was gusting
through the barn and there were various mowers and things running in the
neighborhood, so I was extremely proud of him - he stood nicely without
being tied for about 90% of the time and the other 10% entailed a few
half-hearted attempts to walk away, no more than one step each time. He
really did a good job.
The big thing we did that made
me really happy today was our first baby steps in ground driving. My
husband was out doing chores and able to help me just to make sure
nothing wild happened. I got the long lines hooked to his bridle and
through the loops on his bareback pad, and husband stood at his head so I
could make sure the lines touching him behind and all down his hind
legs didn't spook or upset him.
He really could have cared less.
did three little sets of walking and halting with the lines in the
barnyard, with me in full control and husband at his head just in case. I
really wanted to do more but on the other hand really wanted to stop
with a very solid success and not push him past his limit today.
based on how it went I'm extremely excited about what we have to look
forward to as we learn more and do more together. The wonderful thing
about the pony is that he is small enough that I can easily see his
entire body, including head and neck, from behind him, which will be
such a great learning tool for me as I get further into this kind of
Bravo, Apache Moon!