Alone Time

If you read my blog and that of SprinklerBandits you may get the feeling we have two of the most amazing, lovely, easy as can be, young horses. And, while I actually think this is true of Zoebird, I’m going to let you in on a secret about June. She isn’t perfect.

I know, you’re shocked.

I will say, before talking about all the things she needs work on, that she is actually a great baby. When she knows what is expected of her, she is happy as can be to do what I am asking. I’ve had few problems with her in work actually, most of the baby moments seem to be happening when we are just standing. This mare CANNOT just stand.

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But she’s so cute when she’s in my space!

Now, I know that’s pretty normal for young horses. I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda’s post about the Tree of Knowledge. June needs a Tree of Knowledge, or a Thinking Pole, or whatever else you want to call it, SO BADLY. Baby horse cannot stand tied, or next to me, for more than 3 seconds without beginning to paw incessantly. It used to be only when I left her alone. But yesterday, as I was talking to a woman who has worked lots and lots of baby horses, June got right in my space and then just started dancing and pawing in the 10 seconds I was speaking with this woman. Let’s just say that didn’t go over well and maybe I was called out for letting her do that. (There are very few people I will allow to question my baby horse training, this woman is one of them). June got an impromptu lesson on just standing still. And I began to hunt the farm for somewhere, anywhere, that I can high tie June.

Our other issue is that she really doesn’t like to be alone. At all. So, I’ve been forcing alone time on her. Sometimes I stick her out in the outdoor arena, where she can see other horses, but she still gallops around whinnying and has a fit. Other times she goes into the high sided roping arena, where she gallops around and has a fit. The first time I stuck her out on grass, she had a fit and missed out on enjoying her pasture time.

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Mom, please save me from this hell

She’s getting better. Which is good. But there is still a bit of a struggle every time I put her out and leave her. Which, she will have to get over, because I have plans for her this fall that involve travelling by herself.

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Also, in an exciting twist, these two have become besties, but more on that later…

I keep reassuring myself that this is just baby horse antics and ALL MOST baby horses act like they’re wearing hind boots for the first time EVERY TIME YOU PUT THEM ON FOR 1 MONTH. I have a lesson this Thursday and while I am eager to show Sarah all our skillz under saddle, I also can’t wait to ask her about 100,000 questions about certain behaviors I am working on with June and if my approach seems to make the most sense.

So there you go, June isn’t exactly perfect. But she’s still my most favorite baby horse ever.

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16 thoughts on “Alone Time

  1. Emma says:

    Aw she’s still perfect tho – just with lots of opinions!!! Wouldn’t have it any other way, right? Good luck with the ground work too. That stuff is so hard to work on sometimes but definitely definitely worth it before some obnoxious behaviors become too ingrained. June seems like a smart cookie tho – she will figure it out!

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  2. Avery says:

    They all have their quirks and all progress and mature at their own rates ❤ Have faith and stay the course! Give her time and be consistent.

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  3. Wanting to do the right thing is so important and makes life generally easier in the long run. She will learn the rest! I think she is pretty darn great!

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  4. KateRose says:

    She is still perfect ❤ Standing and being patient takes time and a more grown up brain. My young horses were fairly patient about standing tied so I didn't have to use the tree of knowledge but Henry learned how to paw while he lived at a dressage barn and that was incredibly annoying and it took forever to break that habit.

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  5. KC Scott says:

    Definitely an annoying trait- glad you’re working on it! Will definitely come in handy later when she’s an eventer 🙂

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  6. I’ve worked with baby horses like that – trust me it DOES get better! It’s just a lot of work and patience and it won’t seem like you’re getting anywhere for a while but you’re making progress. I can remember a specific filly who did this and she ended up being good about standing still 😊 so glad she’s still a good baby horse tho! She’s so adorable 😍

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  7. Amanda C says:

    On the hind boots note… my 11yo horse who has worn hind boots probably thousands of times still frog-walks out of the crossties EVERY DAY. My baby horse did that once – the very first time he wore boots. After that it was old hat. Horses are weird.

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  8. Baby horses can be so frustrating but so rewarding.

    Sounds to me like you’re doing the best you can for both of you and that’s all you can ask for. Clearly it’s working because she isn’t 100% demon spawn too haha

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  9. Liz says:

    My 12 year old mare still acts weird about hind boots every time I put them on her lol!

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