Yesterday was Pie and Sovereign's first full day at Honeysuckle Faire and our first opportunity to start the retraining. Both horses have very nice barn manners - no nipping, kicking, etc., and they are calm yet eager to investigate their new home. I took Pie out first and walked him around the barn interior, making sure that he walked beside me safely and allowed me to set the pace. I did put the chain over his nose as a precaution, but he did not need it. I stopped him multiple times at the cross-ties so he would be in that habit. Next, we ventured outside and opened the gate. He stood perfectly while I opened and refastened the gate chain. It was terribly windy and cold, yet Pie was calm. I walked him around the small paddock area so he could learn the boundaries. After a few laps, I took his halter off and let him play. I went inside and repeated the entire procedure with Sovereign. He, too, was well-behaved. When I walked him around the paddock, Pie was already out with us and Sovereign remained calm. I removed his halter and they had a well-deserved play. I kept them in the small paddock because of the wind, but they seemed to enjoy their time! What wonderful boys!
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