Friday, June 27, 2008

Joey's training

Well my husband found someone to train Joey. She really impressed my husband when he was talking to her, but it was me she had to prove herself too. Well prove herself she did. She came over a couple of Saturdays ago to meet him and try him out. We had about a half hour befor the farrier came and I figured there was no way she was going to ride him, it would take at least 15 minutes to put the saddle on, I sure was surprised to see how quick she was and Joey was fine, except when we put the mounting block beside him and she stepped up.... well up come the front feet , I thought he was going right over on his back, she tried and tried and everytime she stepped up he would just move away. So the next thing I knew she moved the mounting block out of her way and up she got, Joey just stood there. I was so amazed.. she walked trotted with little protest from Joey. She tried to get a canter out of him but he wouldn't and we ran out of time as the farrier was waiting.
So needless to say we hired her. Last weekend we worked on me, She wants me to get comfortable with him first because she says Joey is fine, just a little bull headed, he's gotten away with scaring everyone and to him it's just a big joke. She actually went into his stall and picked up his feet without anyone holding him and he just stood there. That almost floored me because it always took two people to do his feet, hmmm well not anymore. I have been trying to brush him with out the lead rope or him being tied but it's not going very well, he is nipping at me and I'm still a little nervous and he knows it. I guess only time will tell.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Vet visit

Tuesday, we had the vet out for checkups, vaccinations, teeth and wormer, I know we are a little late, but at least its done. I was so stressed out about this visit because of the floating of the teeth. Dakota got hers done last year so I wasn't worried about her, it was Joey I knew they were going to have to use that big nasty looking metal thingy they put it their mouth to keep it open and I was not looking forward to it. Well it turns out I had to be away that morning and didn't have to see it. I thought they were going to have a hard time with Joey and they would probably have to sedate him. My husband even bet the vet he would have to sedate him. Well Joey surprised everyone, no sedation and he was a good boy and didn't try to kill anyone.
So all and all the vet visit went really smooth. Hmmmmm imagine that :)

Horses in the riding ring for the first time.

Well monday morning was quit a morning. We decided to try and get the horses use to being in the riding ring and I'm happy to say every thing went well. There was alot of snorting and running for the first 10 minutes and then they where fine. They were still a little jumpy but all they wanted to do was eat. I worried for nothing......again. We left them in for a couple of hours and then put them on the grass at the back. They will be in the front for a few hours in the morning, hopefully everyday. Don, my husband is going to start lungeing Joey next week and then I have someone coming out to ride him twice a week until I can trust him. I trust him when we are on the ground, but when I get on his back, well that's a different story.

I took a few pictures of them in the front.