Monday, October 31, 2011

Rondo updates

It's been a while since I've blogged about Rondo, but that doesn't mean nothing's going on with him.  I haven't been working with him as much, but I've been making plans for bringing him to my barn.  As of right now I'm hoping to bring him up around mid-month, once I've been in my new job a couple of weeks.

I start said job tomorrow, so today I went down to the in-laws' house for one last hurrah.  Since this job will be in the afternoons, it will mean I can't spend the day down there anymore, so I wanted to get a chance to work with Rondo a little.

I didn't end up lunging him, because I realized his feet are quite overdue for a trim.  The angle was already wrong, and I was going to have that fixed once I brought him to my barn, but looking at his feet today I decided sooner would be better.  I called my farrier and scheduled with him for next week.

I was, however, pleased that Rondo didn't run from me or play the "I'm taller than you" game today when I haltered him.  He actually stuck his nose into the halter, which he got lots of praise and scritches for.  He also lifted both back feet with nary a protest — big news, as he usually fusses a bit, like he's testing me to see if he can go back to his old ways.  When I was done grooming him, he even offered his head for a cuddle — something he does that I love (and that Panama does not do).  Dare I think he's missed me lately?

I'm more excited than ever about being able to bring him up to my barn in a couple of weeks.  It will be wonderful to have the opportunity to work with him more often — I'm looking forward to seeing how much faster he learns in such an environment!

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