Monday, January 18, 2010

Curiouser and curiouser

I spent a good five hours or more at the barn today. It was gorgeous weather, and although initially I wasn't going to ride, even after I put him away Panama kept watching me with his head up and his ears forward, as if expecting that I would ride him. And when I walked over to him, he nickered to me. That settled it — I saddled him up and we went for a ride.

We didn't ride long, and we mostly just walked. Posting fatigued my knee pretty quickly, and anyway my trainer still wants us to do lots of walking in the indoor, until Panama settles down a bit more in there. He did well, though — we worked on leg yields and spirals until he started responding to leg pressure without trying to trot at the same time.

When I returned him to his corral after our ride, the barn crew was in there with the tractor, truck, and manure trailer, cleaning out the corral. They were able to keep the gate open for the truck to go in and out with loads of manure, and the two older horses just stood toward the back of the corral without trying to make a break for it. I tried to take Panama over with the older two and unhalter him, but he wanted to follow me back out the gate, so I had to shut it.

Once his escape route was cut off, Panama amused himself by watching the tractor. The older two horses stayed far away, but Panama would come quite close and watch, sometimes only five or six feet away. He did run away a couple of times — when the tractor dumped a load into the trailer and he was standing just on the other side sniffing the trailer, and also when the driver drove the tractor right at him — but even then not until she was just a couple feet away. Both times, he wheeled around and pranced off with his tail flagged, so I don't think he was terribly frightened, just having fun — like a teenager looking for an adrenaline rush!

I wish I'd had my camera with me, as he was so cute the way he'd stare at the tractor with his ears forward. I love how curious he is — if only he had the same confidence under saddle!

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At January 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Blogger RiverBend Farm said...

Glad to hear you had a chance to get out and ride. I've got so much staring me in the face, I'm feeling overwhelmed right now..plus, I'm waiting for the phone call any day when my daughter goes into labor. Anyway, I think a ride would be very therapuetic for me right now. It's still so muddy around here.
Glad your knee is on the mend,
Berte

 
At January 19, 2010 at 6:53 AM, Blogger Sydney said...

What a goober. I think it's funny how things on the ground don't scare them but the second you get on their back they are horse eating monsters.

 
At January 19, 2010 at 7:35 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yesterday Bombay spooked in his stall when I dropped a flake of hay covered with snow in for him. I said to him, "Why does a little snow scare you when a hula hoop doesn't? You can be braver than this."

Then he settled down and took a bite of his snow cone. It sure would be nice if there was some logic behind what they do and don't spook at.

Word Verification: factfrat - I envision a fraternity of fact finders. Good thing the "r" and the "a" weren't switched.

 
At January 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Berte, I'm lucky enough to have an indoor arena where we are now. Panama is still adjusting to the idea of riding inside, but he's doing much better now. It's nice to be able to get out of the mud.

Any word on your daughter? When is she due?

Sydney, horse-eating monsters indeed! How they think a tiny plastic bag or an empty paper coffee cup is going to eat them is beyond me. ;o)

NM, I'm sure being cooped up in a stall is the same as being ridden or tied. He knows he can't run away if that snow cone decides to bite his head off. ;o)

 

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