As I mentioned in my last post, June hasn’t seen much of the world. That said, she’s incredibly easygoing and takes everything in stride. She unloaded from our 5 hour trailer ride, went into her new paddock and was like “Huh. This is where I live now. Ok.” On our first walks around the property she was curious, but not spooky or scared.
I was VERY impressed with my new horse.
And it seems like introducing her to new things, like the big fan in the indoor arena, or the wash stall where she got her first bath, is no big deal. She’s curious about new things, but not scared.But I am conflicted with how she grew up. One part of me thinks it’s awesome that she just got to be a baby and hasn’t had a lot of pressure put on her. The other part of me wishes more had been done with her so everything wasn’t quite so new at 3 years old.
Her work ethic is pretty much nill. I’ve been working on getting her to yield from pressure. At first she was like. “No. I don’t want to.” And she was a bit slow to actually do it. That whole philosophy of “start gently and add pressure?” Well, we were adding pressure or nothing was happening. But the great news is, on day two she was like “Oh yeah, if I don’t move when you do that, things get worse for me..” and was far more responsive in our work. Yay for learning!
For my part I am learning not to be greedy. Baby horse means literally baby steps. Ugh. I have to go slow and be patient. Even when I want to scream “GET ON THE DAMN TRAILER NOW!”Which, just to be clear, screaming doesn’t work. Strange right?But ugh. Baby steps are so hard for me. So, I am working with someone who knows more than me and can help me help June learn. Our first lesson is on Sunday, as I leave for Rebecca this week and can’t wait to go enjoy Montana!
Here’s to more learning with June. And watching some amazing riding.