Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Rodney Lately

Here we stand. Literally.

Rodney’s trailer kerfuffle was five weeks ago [Dubious Future]. He injured his right hind leg above his ankle. It was never very bad & gets better every day [Rodney’s Feet]. But slowly. Oh, so slowly.

We’ve been doing stand lessons at the mounting block. If I sit on the block, he will stand next to it forever. If I mount up, he feels the need to move off. This tells me he is not at peace with having a rider on his back. So, I sit on the block. I stand on the block. I lean on the saddle. I get on. We stand. I get off. I sit, stand, lean, get on. And so on. And so on. It’s good for his mind and it’s something we can do while his ankle deflates.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Comments on: "Rodney Lately" (2)

  1. Seriously? I thought moving off after mounting up is what riders normally do? Smart horses figure that out pretty quickly and some even think ahead. 😉

  2. Nope. I want stand until asked to move off. One of the firetrucks rolls as soon as you press the D button. Doesn’t wait for gas. Don’t like that either.

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