Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Adventures at the new barn!

My horse's new barn

Panama seemed to be getting along quite well this morning. The older horses seem to be starting to accept him — I watched this morning while the older gelding allowed Panama to eat next to him. Not without some ear pinning, of course, but apparently it was just a warning because Panama kept his ears forward and respectful and didn't run away.

One of the biggest adventures of the day was the tie stalls. Panama is very apprehensive about walking through the narrow doors, and I don't think he likes the sound of the place, either (it echoes).

I put him in the cross ties several times today, and every time we practiced going in and out until he did it easily. However, every time we went back to it, it was like starting over. This is something we'll have to work on a lot until he becomes comfortable with it.

At one point when I had him tied, I suddenly noticed he kept creeping forward and craning his neck to look around the corner. I looked down the passageway at the front of the tie stalls, and saw four chickens huddled together near the door, taking shelter from the cold. Panama doesn't pay them much notice when he sees them outside, but having them inside the tie stalls with him made his eyes as big as saucers!

I also turned him out in the arena for a bit in the morning. It was still quite misty, as you can see in the pictures, but the foothills made a beautiful backdrop nonetheless. Panama and I played chase a bit, and he seemed quite eager to run around and check everything out. In fact, today was the first time in a while that I've seen him flag his tail.

Arab horse flagging his tail

My horse in the arena

There was a horse grazing in the field behind the arena at one point, and Panama didn't know what he wanted to check out more, the horse grazing or the rest of the horses at the barn.

After running off some of the excess energy, I took Panama for a walk in the indoor barn. Walking in the door was a little alarming, but he got over it pretty quickly when all the horses started talking to him. He particularly liked a nosy little pinto mini that looked like Panama's mini me. We also checked out the wash rack, but that scared him — I walked him into it, and he just stood there and shook.

I left around lunchtime to get his new waterproof sheet (more on that in a future post), and ended up coming back after the mist had burned off. I took this picture just down the road from the barn:

My horse's new barn

After trying on the new sheet, I turned Panama out in the arena again. I thought he'd like to be out there with the sun out, and he did — the first thing he did was to roll, and then after a little more running around, he sunbathed.

My horse sunbathing

It's so exciting to explore everything with Panama. Everyone we meet is so friendly, and (naturally) everyone loves Panama! I think we're really going to love this place!


At October 14, 2009 at 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks to me like he's starting to fill out a bit and look more like a "grown-up" horse. Glad all's going well at the new barn!

At October 14, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Blogger susana said...

Wow what a mover! he has a beautiful gait,certainly seems very interested in his new home.Hope this time all works out well for you both,good luck.

At October 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, I've noticed that too. I also noticed earlier this year that he'd grown a bit -- he's almost 14.1 now, instead of almost 14.

Susana, thank you! I love his floaty trot. It's a lot different than you'd think to ride it, though, because he has such a quick step. I was watching someone else ride the other day, and thinking, "Wow, their post is so SLOW." But it's because I'm accustomed to posting fast to keep up with his quick little pony trot!

At October 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's great news. He seems so happy and excited.

At October 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, NM, I think he does too! It's the first time either of us have been at such a big barn, and I think he's just blown away by how many horses there are there. And he can't understand why he can't meet ALL of them! Poor thing is stuck in a corral with two grumpy old fuddy-duddies!


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