Friday, October 24, 2008
Ride 'em Cowboy
Little Cowpoke would ride a horse every day if I would let him. He is always asking if he can ride. When my Nanny comes to the house to watch the kids, Little Cowpoke always comes with me to the barn. He helps me do everything. He always wants to curry the horses. He wants to get the dirt off Peanut. He is such a great helper. He also tells me that he will ride Peanut first. He always wants to ride first. But since Peanut is fairly new here, I get to ride Peanut first. So, after I rode Peanut, I met Little Cowpoke back at the barn for his ride. Here they are. Walking away from the barn. This little sorrel is such a good boy. His barn sour issues seem to have been put aside. Peanut really likes Little Cowpoke. I love Peanut's ears. When the kids get on him to ride, his ears are always really relaxed looking. Also, Little Cowpoke doesn't ride "all by himself". I walk right in front of the horse. I am never more than an arms length away from him. I am such a nervous Nelly these days. We walked Peanut through the "trail" of "treasures". Peanut is very good at responding to Little Cowpoke's neck rein cues. Little Cowpoke and Peanut did the imaginary barrels. Because we don't have our barrels out, we just go around the dead grass where the barrels used to be. Then we practiced saying "whoa". Then Little Cowpoke wanted to do poles. I don't have any poles so we just went around the cones. So, around the cones they went. I keep trying to get Little Cowpoke to make a bit larger turns. Peanut really just goes where Little Cowpoke wants to go. After about 20 minutes of imaginary barrels and poles, it was time to stop. Little Cowpoke wanted to play soccer. He jumped off Peanut and then walked him back to his tie post. Great ground manners Peanut. Let's see how Little Cowpoke felt about his ride. Way to go Little Cowpoke. We tried to trot again, but Peanut would not trot. He did walk a bit faster. Little Cowpoke thought he was trotting, so I just smiled and agreed. After untacking Peanut we had to give Ozzie some love too. Ozzie is so sweet. Right now Ozzie is taking a small break. He started bucking a lot while I lunged him. So, now I am giving him a month off. He would only buck while he was saddled and bridled. I think he might be having flash backs to being tied down with the crazy trainer. Ozzie is only 3 years old. So, I think he needs a little break. I will come back to him in December and get him ready to go to the trainer in January. He is going to the cutting trainer, Corey, for two months. He is going to ride Ozzie and use him as a turn back horse. I wish I could have Ozzie go off to a ranch somewhere and be used as a trail horse for 6 months. Ozzie is a good boy, he just needs miles. And I am too big of a scaredy cat to ride the miles he needs. But anyway, back to Peanut. Here is his goopy eye before I cleaned it. We have given him antibiotics and it didn't clear it up. So, on to the vet next week to see what he can do for old Peanut. His other eye is starting to get a little green too. Hopefully the vet can get it cleared up.