Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rainy day lungeing

Here's Huey's lungeing session today. The weather was kind of horrendous; it pretty much poured the whole time.

Unfortunately, my camera's battery died, so you don't get to see Huey's super work in the other direction, and the massive amounts of FOAM he produced! He tends to be quite dry-mouthed, and today was by far the foamiest I've ever seen him.

I am such a big believer in lungeing done well (with side reins and a sense of purpose -- not allowing the horse to randomly charge about and "get his bucks out"). You can create straightness, forwardness, thrust, submission, obedience, and focus. It fosters a wonderful level of trust -- a year ago, I couldn't even pick up a lunge whip without freaking Huey out, and now I can touch him with it and even drape the lash over his back, and he doesn't bat an eye. It's good medicine!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Willow update

Willow is safely back in Texas! She was hauled to the eventing trainer's place in Liberty Hill on Sunday. There are three students there that are interested in trying her for a lease, and at least a couple of them might want to purchase if the lease goes well. Hooray! The student who is most interested got on her for a bit on Tuesday and really likes her. Trainer Vanessa reports that Willow was a doll -- not a bit looky in her first outing in the covered arena. That's my girl.