Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What a Great Support Group!
Your encouragement earlier got me out there--plus, I was worried after I asked you to kick my butt if I didn't make it out there--someone actually would!
Arlene, you're correct, the ice does make it a little dangerous for them acting up, so I modified my plans.
Lucky me, she didn't give me hell when I went out to halter her. She walked away, but I kept right with her and calmly haltered her.
She then led to the barn and around that area--but slipped a bit on the ice--not much--but enough to make her insecure and pull back. Not wanting to end on a negative note, I stayed with her again, calmed her, and walked some more.
Then, I ended it with a grooming session where she patiently allowed me to work on those dirt tangles and pick her feet.
Do you remember where she rubbed off her mane last summer after I got her home? That is growing back--hog wild! And, I do mean WILD. I didn't crop off her entire mane when it happened, so it does look funky--but I'll even it out when it grows in enough to lie down. She will have a BUSHY mane some day--and it's double-sided.
Ice is not our friend. I hate it.
So, my plan is to do the same tomorrow, the next day and the next--all so that we have a pleasant experience with Mr. Farrier. Otherwise, if it wasn't for those feet, I would let her be until Spring--but she's not like other yearlings--she really reverts back to WILD if you don't get out there consistently.