Post by Blair Malcolm on Sept 13, 2012 10:55:35 GMT -5
Liam was Blair's evening lesson. It was his first time around horses, but he showed no fear at all!
As soon as he got out of the car, he ran over to the pasture fence to watch the horses. Memorial, the stable's new mini had just arrived 20 minutes before. Poor little guy was a little scared of his new pasture mates, and was galloping around rather frantically.
Liam asked if he could brush the pony, but I told him that he was rather nervous and skiddish right now, and that it would be best to wait until he settled down and relaxed. I asked him which horse he'd like to ride, and he pick Char, our only lesson approved Draft horse. Usually the students are intimidated by her size, but Liam thought she was so cool.
I couldn't find Chars' halter. She must of taken it off in the field, which she tends to do at times. Luckily she is fine with just a rope around her neck. I'll have to go out and buy her a new one today. I showed Liam how to brush her, but he was having a hard time to reach so we improvised.
Liam watched me saddle her. There was no way he could of lifted the heavy Western saddle onto her back so I got her ready for him.
When she was all tacked up, Liam asked if he could lead her out to the arena. I was surprised he'd be confident enough to do that with such a big horse. But, I trusted Char and handed him the lead rope.
Char was great and stood at the mounting block patiently while I showed Liam how to get on. He didn't hesitate at all. I was pretty impressed.
We walked around the arena while I explained the basics of riding.
Liam got a grasp on how to use his legs and reins to guide Char. After a few tries they were riding between the pylons like pros.
Before the lesson was over, Liam asked to try a trot. I obliged and jogged along beside them.
At the end, Liam went to Char's stall to say goodbye. He's so excited to come back. Maybe even next time he'll be off the lead.
Post by Blair Malcolm on Sept 13, 2012 21:22:51 GMT -5
I decided that it would be a good idea to do some work with one of the Drafts today. Char is doing so well under saddle and with lunging that I put the saddle from one of my harnesses on her and decided to try some long reining. She was a bit confused about it at first, but quickly caught on just to listen to my reins and verbal commands. At the end of the lesson I had her going between the cones no problem.
Post by Blair Malcolm on Sept 14, 2012 15:13:24 GMT -5
Finally! I got my Grandpa's wagon out of the old barn and got Char harnessed. I'm getting her use to feeling the weight of the shalves and the feeling of being caught between them. I had her on a lead just in case, while Samara took the reins.
Post by Blair Malcolm on Sept 15, 2012 13:22:06 GMT -5
Liam had another lesson today. Memorial was nice and calm, he's gotten use to his new pasture mates and is very well tempered.
I gave Liam some independence, and he went and got the pony out of the pasture and tied him all by himself. He also groomed Memorial and I just helped him cinch up his saddle.
Liam is a bit too big for Memorial, but the pony didn't seem to mind. He was let off the lead and rode around by himself for the first time. After the lesson, I jumped on Char and we went for a ride around the farm.