Monday, May 16, 2011

Rainy Monday

Today was such a mess of rain, not much gone done in the realm of the horses. I did go out for a visit when the rain quit this evening. Freckles is in season and Classy thinks he knows what to do, but he doesn't. Oska is still with her halter and drag rope and she got the end of it caught on the feeder. So, I was able to approach her without her being able to escape, I held her and petted her softly while talking to her. Then when she relaxed a bit, I went and petted the two love birds. Then returned to pet Oska again. She was still a little freaked but settled again and I retreated away. Then returned one last time to pet, she settled quicker and then on my retreat, I released her snag.

The vet is coming Wednesday to do a Coggins on Oska for her trip to Montana. I'm going to try and work with her a bit more tomorrow so that the vet visit isn't too traumatizing. Maybe we will work on tying up for real.

Also, tomorrow the goal is to work with Freckles too. I'm just going to play with my "handy stick" (Clinton Anderson's term for a whip). She needs some desensitizing with ropes flinging around her. So, tomorrow that is the goal.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Enter: Freckles

Over the past couple months, I have been battling over whether I should find a new home for Oska. She's adorable and sweet but, I've decided to find someone who is genuinely going to help her get to the next level. And I have found that. I posted an ad and actually ignored some of the response and before responding to anyone, I searched them on Facebook to learn a little about them first. I'll post more about her future owner, but I think it will be a good match for Oska.

Enter: Freckles.

Well, I didn't plan to get another horse. But, after I made the decision to find Oska a new home, a friend contacted me about Freckles. Over the years, I have wanted a smaller horse to start under saddle. A friend of a friend needed to find Freckles a good home and I'm so happy that we were chosen for her. Freckles arrived on Friday. She's a 2007 AQHA mare. I haven't measured her yet, but she's about 14.2. I love it. I can see over her back! She's halter broke and had someone on her back, but is not truly broke. She's quiet, she considers and thinks. She is my first AQHA (American Quarter Horse), so far from what I've seen, I really like her.

And here are her "Freckles"