It’s All Good

So, before I wax on and on about June, let me say this. She isn’t actually perfect. She can be pushy and impatient and sometimes tries my patience. She has serious opinions and I know I am not getting a quiet, easy, horse.

But, that said, she’s pretty amazing.

June ride

I mean, the cutest!

The best part (in my opinion) about baby horses, is that everything is new. There is no having to retrain them, so when they pick up on something, you’re like “OMG YOU’RE THE SMARTEST HORSE EVER!!” Because, they are learning much more quickly than you’d expect. Or, at least, than I would expect.

Last week I had my first lesson on June. It was the first time I rode her in a saddle and it was the first time she was ridden outside of the round pen. She was good, in that she would woah 80% of the time and go about 80% of the time when asked. She would get a little confused, and we’d let her work it out, but she definitely needed some direction and guidance.

Three days later I rode her again, this time in the round pen, since I was alone and she wouldn’t have someone guiding her. She remembered most of what we had done and was so much more responsive. Her woah was much more solid as was her go. She even turned! I was blown away!

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Getting her to accept ANYTHING on her hind legs has been a work in progress and probably our biggest struggle. But now she lets me put on boots without any fuss. One day we’ll try for shipping boots. One day.

And then today we did some groundpole work on the lunge line. Did she do everything perfectly every time? Nope. But she was willing and learned and figured out so much on her own. I didn’t always give her the best line to the poles and it was ok, she would trot through them and get it done. And at the end, when I gave her the option of hopping over an 18″ jump, she happily showed me that this was all a piece of cake.

I feel as though once we get a solid partnership, one where we both trust and understand each other, the sky is going to be the limit. I leave today for a cross-country adventure with Peekaboo, and I know I will miss this baby horse so much. It’s so fun to be excited to go the barn every day. Even if all our homework is just to lead from the right side, or get her comfortable with walking by the ditch on the property. Baby horses are the BEST. Or, at least that’s how I am feeling this week 🙂

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11 thoughts on “It’s All Good

  1. Liz says:

    They really are the best. And the journey of teaching and learning with them is even better. So glad you’re thoroughly enjoying June and the training process!

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  2. Gymah says:

    That’s great that she’s picking up on things quickly. I love her long forelock, she’s adorable!

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  3. Aww awesome! I love baby horses, too. They’re a blank slate for you to work with and it’s so amazing what they can learn. Also, that can be bad too tho haha! So glad you’re having such a blast with her ❤

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    YES! June is such a cutie and sounds like a lot of fun! I totally agree with your statement that babies are not “perfect” but they try so hard and learn so much which makes them perfect haha. Ellie is incredibly opinionated so when she acquiesces to my input, it feels like that much more of a win haha!

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  5. emma says:

    oh man, i just love this ❤ charlie wasn't exactly a baby when i got him, neither physically nor emotionally (pretty sure he was born 80 years old…) but i still really really really enjoyed this process you described in showing him about his new life, his new job, and basically how to learn a whole new language in terms of aids and responses. it's so rewarding!

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  6. Amanda C says:

    I feel like the babies are always good at giving me perspective. With the older horses you can get so caught up in the minutia that you forget to appreciate everything else. With the babies all it takes is the simplest thing and you’re like WOW THAT WAS AMAZING. It’s fun for sure.

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  7. draftmare says:

    Yay for the first lesson with a saddle. She sounds like such a great baby.

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  8. L. Williams says:

    Dante struggled with having things put on his hind legs (he still hates when his tail wraps around his hind legs and its kinda hilarious to watch when turned out). June sounds like a good egg!

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  9. KC Scott says:

    Hooray baby June! It definitely is a really cool feeling when you feel the lightbulb click on.

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