|Photo by Steve Heller|
Speaking of Marley coming home with me, Marley has a bank account that anyone can deposit into! It is a 1st Bank Account under the name "Marley the Mustang", which is a club account. It will be available for access after 4:00 PM mountain std time tomorrow (June 1st). I am the signer (Lauren Kolker) and it can also be looked up with my name. I only ask that if you make a deposit, please email me a mailing address so that we can send you your thank you gift, and keep you up to date on Marley's adventures. Also, please remember that if you make a donation of $150, you will receive a free photo session with Katherine Payne which includes 5 free digital prints! Katherine's sessions alone are $350, so this is a great opportunity!
Now, for the exciting bit. Marley was phenomenal today. I worked with him on and off for about 4.5 hours ( I put him back in his stall twice for a breather, and turned him out once for some time alone outside). I started out with some tarp work. I have learned that there will be a lot of flags, noise, and very distracting people at the event, so it became urgent for me to habituate Marley to these things. When Sean was out the other day, he showed me how to start introducing a tarp to Marley without overloading him. I worked on this yesterday, but only with a folded up tarp on Marley's neck, so we didn't get very far. Today however we had a big breakthrough! Marley stood calmly while I rubbed the folded tarp all over him, including his legs. Soon he was practically falling asleep, so I unfolded it, crinkled it, and even flapped it over his back. He stood quietly, head down and relaxed.
|Good boy Marley!|
|"Hmm, this is a little scary"|
|"Ok, fine, I'll follow you"|
Marley wasn't done yet though (we are on crunch time!). After a short break I set up a small gymnastics grid. For the first time through, I left all of the jumps as trot poles except for the final one which was set as a small cross rail. Once Marley gave me a clean jump and landed in a canter, I added the second jump to the bounce. Marley hasn't seen a bounce yet, so I thought this might be a problem for him. He didn't even hesitate though, and he actually jumped both fences, landed in a quiet canter, and acted as though he had seen it a hundred times. I was happy and finished up here.
|Photo by Steve Heller|
|Shaking off after a good work out and a nice bath!|