Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Dandy is growing like a weed and has a winter coat that looks and feels like sheared beaver - velvety soft and glistening. Her mane and tail are also getting luxuriously long. I feed her separate from the big horses and she has learned to come quickly when I call her - nothing like food to get affection from a horse!
I have worked her on a lunge line a couple more times - walk, trot, lope - she willing does them all and halts on command. I have not yet loaded her into a trailer, but I don't expect a problem. When she is a little bigger, I will probably introduce her to a light saddle and let her move under it a bit. I will be sure to get that experience recorded!
Friend Trista (Gizmo's "mom") will be out next weekend to trim feet. Unfortunately Giz put a leg somewhere he shouldn't and now has a cast on it. He should be OK, but may have a scar to remember the incident.
I have owned horses for nearly 30 years and I know from experience that you cannot completely keep them safe. Even in a padded cell, they'd find a way to hurt themselves. When PJ was a yearling, we burned a large pile of brush in her pasture. At the time, we had several horses and a couple yearlings. All gave the burning brush pile a wide berth - except PJ. She jumped and frisked and ran around it. Suddenly she ran right at it and misjudged her stopping distance and fell into the fire. She didn't get hurt bad, but now she has a "brand" on her left hip to remind us all of her silliness.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock