Saddling up…

[July 13, 2012] Day 11: Saddle up… 

Asia today got the saddle on for the first time. She doesn’t like it much, but after a couple crow-hops on the lunge-line she figured it wasn’t worth it and things smoothed out. Worked a couple time putting the saddle on, and taking the saddle off and she is really getting good about flopping the saddle pad all over her (over her back, up her neck, under her belly).

With Africa, Spencer can now just hop on and go! She’s amazing, really she is a dream. Of course she can have her own opinion about certain things, but she is so laid back – never dramatic!

They’re working on the steering… soon they’ll be out of the bushes 😉

[July 14, 2012] Day 12: …

Just a relaxing easy day for Asia. Put the saddle on right away, lunged briefly, and then headed for the hill. Getting her out into the trails like that has been really good for her mind, it helps her relax and stop thinking about the saddle on her back and just accept it.

 

No more exciting news about Africa… Spencer just rides her around now 🙂 Rode her over to the neighbour’s today, and baby got all the attention from his family petting and scratching her. She’s a little star!

 

[July 16, 2012] Day 13: …

Our plan to day was to work the horses together. So Spencer rode Africa over to the neighbour’s and from on top of her he lead Asia around, getting her used to the idea of a person being higher than her head.

 

Centella had a great time, too. First, she patiently waited and watch Spencer from outside the round pen. Then, she saw the sheep, and straight away went over to find out what they were, and make friends.

At first she was unsure, but very curious. Soon they were playing together. The ram got her a couple times in the belly, and she would threaten him as well with her hind end, but mostly just run and kick up with them.

2 thoughts on “Saddling up…

  1. Your photos are really sweet. I love seeing Africa and Asia and the little foal. Whose is it?

    • The horses also have Spanish names Rocío (=dew) is Africa, Bella (=beautiful) is Asia and the foal is called Centella (flash of lightning because she runs so fast). The foal is Asia/Bella’s, the light-coloured horse. It is very cold at the moment up in the mountains and they have their winter coats on which is about 3cm deep of thick hair. Bella the mother is separated from her daughter at the moment because the foal needs to stop drinking her mother’s milk. The mother is in the top field and the foal is in the bottom field. They keep calling to each other because they want to be together. After about 4 weeks the mother will stop producing any milk and then they can be together again. We had to separate them because the mother was getting very thin because all her energy was going to make milk. It is time for the foal to eat only grass. The time when babies stop drinking their mother’s milk is called weaning. Horses are fascinating animals. They can sleep lying down and standing up. For some interesting facts about horses have a look at this page http://lingolex.com/facts/horses.html

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