Tuesday, March 3, 2009

grow the tree of wholeness

Even though it was barely 20 degrees, Pie and Sovereign did very well with today's lesson. After the boys had been turned out for a while together, I led Pie out of the pasture on the lead for hand grazing. We have a nice patch of grass within view of the pasture that Sovereign was still in. In a barn with only two horses it is sometimes difficult to separate "best friends" for riding. I would like to make that transition as smooth as possible without the whinnying, racing, and fence walking that can occur. Sovereign was initially upset, but he quickly resumed his own grazing in the pasture. I nonchalantly walked Pie around for about ten minutes and sometimes we popped out of view. Sovereign was calm. Then, I switched and put Pie in and took Sovereign out. Pie was not as relaxed as Sovey had been. Pie did not whinny or scream, but he did trot and canter the fence line for about 3 laps. Then, he just stood and watched us. I gave each horse another go-round, walking away farther this time with each of them. Pie was not worried at all the second time he was left behind, and he even walked away to get a drink in a far pasture. I am thrilled with their progress! There is nothing worse than getting all tacked up to have a peaceful ride and a stablemate is screaming his head off.

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