Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Proud New Papa
Some clients of mine went horse hunting this weekend to look for roughly a 2-2.5 yr old horse. Something that hasn't had much done with it, something that my clients husband could work with for the next year while it grows. Ready for the irony??? So when my client went horse hunting for herself, her dear dear husband gave her the silent treatment for 3 weeks. *snork* Which according to her was a blessing in disguise. Her husband couldn't understand what she wanted a damn "hay burner" for. Well now he has come around immensely to the point where he'd like me to help him work with a young horse to call his own.
So, we end up coming across a lady that I've known for a while and she happens to be selling her 2 yr old QH mare. Oh and a pretty thing she is! Big chest, great conformation, nice hind end, good strong legs, sweet face, just a damn beauty! So we talk with the lady and she has to get rid of her little mare. Her and her husband both lost their jobs and one horse had to go and that horse was Diamond."
It was love at first sight! LOL! My clients husband is head over heels for this little girl! He even took a half day off work yesterday so he could walk her around the property in the day light and get her acclimated! He's totally smitten!! *hee hee* It's just so damn cute!!
Anyway, I myself would like to see Diamond, and how she is and moves, and her personality so I go up there yesterday and they're grooming her while she eats, but there is a slight struggle with the tail. It's a wee bit crusty. *yuckers* So I suggest taking her over to the wash rack and filling up a bucket with warm water to dunk her tail in and soften the dirt. Well this method proves to be too much effort, so me being the way I am I just "Hey, if she were mine, I'd turn on the hose and try to wash her tail." When working with any horse I will always go as far as they will allow me too. And the horse will let you know when enough is enough. So why the hell not see how she does with water and the hose???
She doesn't flinch! *everyone's eyes bug* She takes a step or two forward and back, but only because she is trying to see what we're doing. She took it like an old pro and I know for a fact that the previous owners never did any of this stuff with her. She's just a good little girl!! We hosed off her legs and just washed her tail nice and clean. See when training a horse to do anything, I NEVER react to them, if they're nervous I put them where they need to be and continue what I'm doing. If they don't get a reaction from me, then they quickly realize that whatever I'm doing must not be that big of deal.
OK, anyway, once we got her back to the stall to finish brushing her out the owner, proud little father that he is, wants to know what he can work on with her. Round penning, ground manners, blanketing, clipping, holding her feet up, sacking her out (my way) and oh so much more! They can go into the arena together and "play" and bond. Oh just way to much fun stuff when you own a sweet little 2 yr old filly with eyes that will melt your heart. This is going to be the experience of a life time for him. And the rewards are greater than anything. A forever friend trained and worked with to suit his personality and his filly's. I'm sure you can guess who'll be doing most of the actual training ;) but even still, the rewards outweigh the risks 1 million to 1 in the eyes of a proud new papa.