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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A hur hur hur

"I'm listening to you mom, but I'm also listening to those people over there."

"What are they doing with that yearling???"

Some folks came up to look at a yearling that is boarding at the ranch. They bought her!

Lunging went, eh, okay today. Solomon got a much longer workout than last time. He was confusing "walk" and "whoa," though I try to enunciate clearly and exaggerate the phonetics. I'm not certain why he's doing it. It's either a strange new thing, I'm not communicating clearly enough (quite possible) or he is saying "can we STOP now please mom?"
He also was sluggish about going into the lope and then he wouldn't stay there, but I did not push him because it was really hot. Horses break down a lot more easily in the heat. And mostly we are concentrating on walk/jog and whoa. I like to try to get a look at him in all three of his gaits though.
He is still ewe-necked wit his head high in the faster gaits. When he walks it's low and relaxed though.

In general, Solomon is getting really soft. He gives and listens, he follows, and he gives a lot of soft, friendly little blows with his nose. Not snorts, just... it's hard to explain, but it's one of the ways he's sweet and giving.

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