Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A positive day.

Today Solomon trotted over to the gate when I came up the walk. He has a new friend in the form of a palomino who came running up as soon as I took Solly out of the pasture. He stood at the gate calling to him the whole time we were walking to the barn. Silly hoss. It's good that there are horses who like him in there. He personally seemed kind of happy to get out, though it was probably because Mommy the Carrot Lady was there.
The mounting block was not a great success today, though I did manage to get to all but the top step before he moved. Well. That's going to take a while.
He obeyed the verbal-only "back" command very well, however. After that we walked down the road (on the stable grounds) past a MOVING CAR, and we went into the Big Scary Horse-Eating covered arena The mirror made him nervous, but I showed him that I was calm about it and since I was between him and it when we walked past, everything was fine for him. When we went to his paddock, he obeyed "ho" and "stand" right away, and did not try to run in when I opened the gate. He didn't move until I told him he could, and he waited for me to take his halter off before trying to eat. Good boy!
He met a new person, and stood very still while I chatted with her. He actually sort of dozed off, despite the nearest horse pinning his ears at him. When I put him back in his pasture, he stood for me while I took off his halter, and then he ambled off to join the herd. I think he's settling in just fine. :)


battleship destroyer said...

Just wanted to say what a great thing you are doing! Kudos to you for taking on this project, and giving an older horse the life he needs.

I love reading your blog. Good job.

Evergrey said...

Why thank you. :D I'm glad you enjoy reading.

I hope I can always give him what he needs.