Wednesday, 6. May 2009 8:09
Just an update on how Paisano and Prophecy are coming along with their ground driving and outings.
First off Paisano found his walk the other day. I took him out on the lunge line instead of the drive lines, thinking we needed some side by side time for commuication. He literally out walked me. I mean I was gettin’ a get-a-long to keep up and a few times he out distanced me on the lunge line so I laid it over his back and let him walk it out. He seemed to really enjoy the sense of freedom while he walked along. The process to get to this walk has been painful in terms of me having to work my butt off to get him to show some incentive. The other day when I took him out Sophie was in heat, apparently a number of mares in the area were in heat, as when we passed them Paisano had to act like he was still a stallion, this got him lots of “knock it off’s” and a few reprimands. He reared, he kicked out and bucked up, but it got him no where with the only place he could go being forward with enthusiasm. Once he got that down he began to walk out. We came up against a green filly (in heat) being ridden for the first time out on the road. It was a disaster waiting to happen, so Pai and I stood for 10 or 15 minutes while the guy inched his upset filly down the road a block or two. In the meantime while that’s happening a girl comes racing her (in heat) mare over a hill and nearly knocks the poor filly off the road. All of this in front of Pai who is beside himself by now. The girl on the mare could hardly keep the mare off Pai as she road by.
Paisano was good if not overwhelmed, but behaved, and found his walk. We had tons of compliments on how beautiful he is. People would slow down in their cars to appreciate his animated beauty with big smiles on their faces and nods of approval. He did put on quite the show. He truly is a beauty. Now if he can just keep his walk, he just might make a get’r done horse too!
Prophecy has improved as well. He has had two outings since his tantrum. The first one he threw a bit of tantrum rearing and kicking out at me. Which got him lots of backing up and circling then a long stand still. Oh and my boot in his butt for good measure. It’s like “Do you really want get into a kicking fight” Bluff… Bluff… He wasn’t sure I couldn’t whoop his butt so he declined. His tantrum was short lived this time and we went a little further down the road than he had gone before. He walked, for the most part, back at a very nice clip. It was pretty good so I tried to keep low keyed and get him back home with a few good boys and a treat.
The second trip out Rebecca walked with us and brought Sophie along trailing behind us. I ground drove Pro and he walked pretty much the entire time up and anxious but mannerly the entire one mile walk. We had a few dissussions about his manhood appearing here and there. “Put that away!” Generally though he heard nothing but how good he was and how proud I was of him. He even did a few quality stops and stands though sometimes with an occassional head shake. He looked magnificent too. Gaiting off and on. Showing his potential stallionism in the arch of his neck and strength in his stride. His gait was quick and animated, it was just breathtaking to watch.
This week brought some breakthroughs for both boys. It was a good week.
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