I am realizing that not having a round pen is not ideal when you have a young horse. I have access to a huge arena, but this has posed some challenges we will have to work through.
I have used a smaller corral on the ranch but am not fond of the footing (and it is square shaped) to really use as I would a round pen.
Anyhoo, we'll sort it out.
Luna even got to wear her saddle yesterday! She kept turning to look at it and of course my cinch, even my smaller that I'd gotten for Loretta, was way toooo big on her!
Luna let's me fly spray her with no problem. She is a bit picky about lifting her hind feet, so that is something we will work on.
The only other thing I had to figure out was feeding time. I have to go through Luna's pasture to get to My Boy's pasture. I use a wheelbarrow to haul the hay. Even when I drop Luna's hay for her first, she follows me and the wheelbarrow all the way to his, insisting that it is HER hay or that I have SOMETHING yummier in the bottom that must belong to her! Now this is a horse that doesn't easily leave your space (something I am not use to.) It is a bit of a pain to manage My Boy's gate and the rickety old wheelbarrow and a pushy little roany pony. I can't throw My Boy's hay over the fence because it's been ghastly windy every day and it just blows back into me and the fence. I think to help manage this (trying to chase her away did not really work) I will just split her dinner grain into a morning and evening portion, as I do not have this problem at the evening feeding as she is busy eating her grain out of her feed tub.
Yes, food is my life right now. I'm a growin' girl!
Some of you have asked about My Boy. He is as fat and happy as ever and I will do a post about him soon. After getting out for a few rides he's been a bit neglected since Luna arrived. I hope to get him out next week and give him some special time, too! I saw a great Clinton Anderson episode where he was working with a young, hard to catch, disrespectful colt that reminded me of My Boy with some of his catching and pasture behaviors. I loved the round pen work that Clinton did with this colt!
One last thing before the weekend, I have created a Mustang lover's necklace! My sister is my first customer and is ordering two of them. Here is a photo:
Please contact me if you would like to order one!
Have a rockin' weekend, everyone!