Weekend Voyages, Rodney
Rodney Goes Places!
On days 2 and 4 of our Thanksgiving adventure, Rodney loaded, shipped, and returned home with ears up and four on the floor. Yay!
Milton learned to be the one staying behind. He did not have the run of the pasture, but – as far as we can tell from the lack of horse sweat and the lack of churned up stall – he mostly stood about eating hay and napping. He did not start screaming until we began unloading. He makes more noise when I put him in the stall and take Rodney for a walk around the pasture.
Gold stars all around.
Rodney Is A Twerp!
The first day, I rode Rodney in the covered ring at a walk. Every two or three strides, I had to remind him to keep his eyes in the boat, not staring over the horizon. The second day, we didn’t even get that far. He decided that the horses in the next pasture where is newest bestest forever friends. It took 10 minutes of long-lining to get Rodney to even pay attention.
Rodney was NOT being a special snowflake. Everything he did was typical of a horse excited to visit a new place. All of his attention was outward. Horses! Smells! More Horses! Grass! Other Horses!
He never thought about retreating into himself or about putting his hooves over his ears and going to his happy place. That, in its way, is also progress.
In Other News!
Since I have done a lot of body work with Rodney, I am familiar with his patterns of tightness and relaxation. I could feel how he used the muscles through his waist for balancing on the trailer.
Milton discovered that the only thing worse than going is not going.
It’s great to have a facility we can use so close to home, with such understanding management. OTOH, it does mean loading up each time we want to work a horse. I keep balancing the hassle of building and maintaining our own versus wondering how long we will need the rings before these two can work successfully at home.
Thank you for reading,