Last month, Rich came out to work with my horses, and I had put the four of them into my corral. As soon as he walked in, they were paying attention to him, but that did not mean they were just going to walk up to him and be caught.
There had to be some fun running around.
Mica is always the easiest to catch, and he finally stopped and stood as Rich walked up to him.
Rich handled him before putting the halter on, to make sure he was soft, then led him to the fence.
He put the saddle pad then the saddle on, this was old hat after last time, and then Rich started to get up on Mica’s back, stepping up and stepping down several times so that Mica could become used to this.
Then Rich swung up on his back, and Mica stood, ears swivelling.
Rich bumped his sides a few times and as soon as Mica moved off, he stopped, so that Mica could begin learning the meaning of leg pressure.
Mica looked much more relaxed than during his first ride, but I have to admit I was surprised when Rich told me to open the gate – he rode Mica out into the pasture, with only a rope halter on him, no bridle. This was to give Mica more room to move.
I watched in delight as Mica walked then trotted around, leaning to turn from Rich’s weight and pressure on the halter.
Finally Rich got off, and Mica’s second ride was over, uneventful, but Mica clearly had learned quite a bit. After Rich let Mica go int he pasture, everyone had to run around again, just for fun.
Monty was more difficult to catch, so Rich got on his horse and roped him.
This time, Rich would work with Monty on become soft and accepting, and this was all done on the ground.
Finally Monty looked very relaxed, his head down, eyes almost closed. This was a breakthough for him, and so this was where Rich stopped.
I am very proud of both of my boys. They are happy to head out to graze.