A couple of nights ago I was going to play with Vegas without the halter. I grabbed the pad they play with and it started out okay...he sniffed it then turned into a basket case! It was like it grew claws that only he could see, and that was it! He was not going to give me an inch as long as I was close to that pad.
So I get the halter and have no problem putting it on him. We walk around a bit, then I grab the pad. He snorted at it, but did not try to escape. Even tho he was not 100% comfortable, he was tolerating me throwing it all over the place, placing it on his neck, then walk a bit, back, then walk a bit, and the tricky one was the butt. He was not happy, so we did a lot of put it on and take it off. After a several minutes of that, we put it on his butt and walked around. He kept his eyes on it, but he didn't panic.
He never ran me over, but he would look at me and move closer when he got scared to the point of losing it. I would try to take the pressure off him before he got to that point.
Anyways, it got me to thinking...the combination of the halter and myself are his security blanket. Sometimes they are no different than we are. :-)
TRIPP SAYS "WHAT'S UP???" (He wanted his picture to be first in the blog - he is tired of feeling like a 2nd fiddle!)
I trimmed Tripp's hooves last night since I am going to be out of town for 3 weeks for work - I am heading to Lexington, KY. As you all know, he is pigeon toed, so I am just not confident in my trimming abilities (which is why I am taking a 6 day hoof care clinic in April). I got him trimmed and was watching him walk. His whole leg is twisted all the way down to the hoof, and it is just weird to me because I have never had one like this before. It is the way he grew up, no big deal, but it still weirds me out. I just don't want him to be uncomfortable as time goes on. I am hoping to be able to take him to the clinic I signed up for and have them look at him. That would be neat!
VEGAS SAYS: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING DOWN THERE???"
Vegas is looking down at me wondering what the heck I am doing. The good thing is he did not freak out! Probably because he was hungry and knew I would be bringing dinner soon. :-)
Vegas is very quick to drop his head when I ask .... from this side. It is a little slower on the other side, but he is getting it. I am just amazed at how quick he can go from being tight as a taught rubber band to majorly relaxed, and back to tight again. That head drop thing works great tho! I love when he softens...it is like he melts.
WYOMING SAYS: "I AM GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THE HARD STUFF FIRST, THEN I WILL LET HER TOUCH ME. YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. I WILL START BY PUTTING MY FRONT FEET UP ON THE BRIDGE."
"NOW I WILL LEAVE MY BACK FEET ON THE BRIDGE."
I have thought this more than once. The colors in this donk's mane are awesome, and there are some girls who pay good money to get the multiple colors! Wish I was gutsy enough to do it...I LOVE IT! But the problem with me and hair is it has to be low maintenance, no maintenance! I am all about wash and run, maybe a quick hit with the blow dryer. If I would color it real cool like this, I would have to go back to get it done again. I am not good at that...don't like to make time for that kind of stuff. :-)
As I said, I will be heading out of town for 3 weeks. I leave in the morning...and still need to pack! I don't know if/when I will be able to update the blog from down there...if I see something cool, I will try. We are working 7 days/wk and long days, so not much time to explore.
This is kind of funny...my brother is in Louisville, KY working, so I let him know I was headed to Lexington, KY. We are going to try to catch up one night for dinner. My brother lives 1 1/2 hrs from me...and we have to meet in Kentucky for dinner! Go figure. :-)
Until later....Karen and Tripp