Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lunging Day 2

Day two went a bit better than Day 1. Josephine was a joy to work with. I added a little bit of a trot to see how she would do. She did fine. I was a bit worried she would want to get a little wild but she didn't. She trotted off nicely. Like a lady. She stops really well too. She pays attention to what I want her to do. I really like that about her. The opposite direction was smooth sailing. It helps when I have a round pen. I think when we get it down in here I will venture out into the arena. She is such a good girl. It makes my job so much easier! Josephine also sets up really well. She is very light in her cues. We worked on trotting off at a stand still and she did well. At first she was like, "What is this lady doing running next to me!" But she got the hang of it. I love how quickly she picks things up. Her half brother, Ozzie, was the same way. I hope she is easier to ride than he is. I just really like her. Maybe because she is mine. I am a bit biased. :) Then my photographer got board with me and Josephine, so he wandered around a bit. It gave me a chance to switch horses around. Belle, the lazy bulldog. Mercedes, the filly. Who also lunges already!! Smart little girl! My photographer. Now onto my challenge horse, Luna. I didn't give her any room to be a brat today, I went straight to the rope, aka come-along. Luna started off great! She remembered what happened yesterday. It took her a little bit to get out and away from me, but she got it. She is just soooo sloooowww. It's like she moves in slow motion. To get her to move I had to act like a fool. You can't use a whip with her, she just doesn't care about the sound. I keep telling Mr. Cowboy she might be deaf!! LOL!! Because the bull whip NEVER scared her. She would actually come up to you while Josephine would run like a wild woman. But I know she's not deaf, she is just dull. Mr. Cowboy was done taking pictures by the time I had Luna out. I was lucky to get the ones I did. She was a good girl. She only tried to turn around a few times. We even worked on trotting off from a walk next to me. She thought I was stupid. But I got it done. She now trots off next to me. Showmanship here we come! Well, she is more of a brick house type of horse, but she can still do showmanship. I think Mr. Cowboy is going to kick my tail in halter classes when it come to these two girls. But I know I will beat him in lunge line!

Oh, I also brought out the tarp today. They both let me put it on them like a blanket. They didn't care. They even walked all over the tarp like it was nothing. Smart girls!

8 comments:

Tj and Mark said...

Hey, keep the inspiration coming. I worked with our boy today doing what you did yesterday and he did great. At least I think he did. I liked seeing you next to your girls today. Yesterdays photos made them look so big, I thought our guy must be a dwarf. LOL. Can you tell this is my first time having a baby horse to raise? I have only worked with 3 year olds and up until now.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Yea, I feel better too. I sure thought Beretta looked awful small compared to your girls, but I bet she is about the same size as Luna. Josephine on the other hand is going to be a big girl. You were hoping for at least 16.2HH on her right?

I didn't get Shooter worked today. My arms needed a rest.;) But he is going to get the come-along treatment and see if we can get him to lighten up a bit. That darn colt has NO back up. LOL

Paint Girl said...

So glad today was better!! They look fantastic, and that Josephine, she already knows how to set up!! How cute is she? CUTE!

Sydney said...

Glad they are working. Both your girls are lookers, especially that Luna. I could totally see cowpokette and her being the little blonde bombshell team.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Great looking horses. It's lots of work to get them to work but it looks like you're enjoying your time longeing.

The Caple Crew said...

Dude girl, you're looking skinny!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

It's great to see and read about these two lovely yearlings. They are like night and day, but both have unique and special attributes. And it's plain to see they are coming along nicely and turning to you for direction. Good for you. You're doing a great job.

The photos all turned out great. Kudos to the photographer. The shadow shot was fun! I like that he'll hang out with you while you're working horses, too.

Wow! Look at all that green grass! I hope our grass turns as green this year. We sure have enough moisture for it! lol!


~Lisa

Stephanie said...

Cool looks like they are both coming along - had a thought.... tried tying a plastic bag to the end of your whip? Sometimes that works, but you gotta remember to add in some extra desensitizing time for plastic bags....

Worked for Pat who didn't care about the whip either.