What started as a 90 day journey of training and trust building
with a wild American Mustang now continues...
Monday, April 4, 2011
Today I had planned on having Marley's feet trimmed, but that has been pushed back to Wednesday now. That's ok because it gives me a couple more days to work with Marley's feet to prepare him. The first major victory of the day was when I arrived and found Marley's blanket still on AND intact! Woohoo! Way to go Marley! He was also no longer afraid of the grain bucket... guess he learned that one pretty quickly.
The blanket survived!
We had a really nice ride tonight as well. I was by myself but feel comfortable enough with Marley's understanding of breaks and turning, so I decided on riding in the large arena rather than the round pen. We worked on serpentines and figure-eights, and even some trot/canter transitions. Marley really has a lot of muscle to build up in order to hold a canter for too long, especially in a circle, so I would rather have one great circle of a balanced canter than 5 where I'm pushing him to hold it. I think he is happier to transition because of it, and I know the muscling and endurance will come with time. We also worked on some leg-yield (side pass) today. Some people start their horses out learning basics like this, but I made the decision to wait with Marley because he was so apprehensive about going forward when I first got on him. I figured that once we had forward movement, Marley would be more successful in his basic training anyhow. He was really good, and I used the clicker here to help him understand quickly what it was I wanted. It worked well and I'm looking forward to seeing how he does tomorrow.
25 days ago this horse couldn't be touched... pretty special.