Horse Schooling

That’s right, two posts in an hour. I had two topics, you see… so. One of the things we found while doing things around the house yesterday was a beautiful black widow spider that we must have disturbed in all the work. I’m sorry to say we had to dispose of her, because I just don’t want to risk the safety of my family, friends, and pets.

I had never seen one of these spiders up close until yesterday. They are really beautiful! I’m glad they mostly hide, and sorry I disturbed so many this weekend!

Then, today, after Sara and I rode the horses, we went to replace the mineral tub with a better one, and were very grateful we decided to check carefully before cleaning it out to put in mineral. We found entire families of black widows in there, including the rarely seen male and a lot of egg sacs. I’d probably prefer the equines to not get bitten, too. Sara had gloves on, so she was the one to stick her hand in. Eek!

I’m proud of Sara. She did a week-long horse riding vacation in Montana, and did great, thanks to all the training she’d been doing. She is now focused on working with Apache more, to get him ready to wear a bridle and bit and do more precise work with her. He is really her horse, after all, so I’m glad he’s getting the work.

Really, It’s 7 am. We have to go out again? Yes, you do. No wonder Apache is hiding.

I’m doing my best, in the meantime, by trotting more and working on doing so smoothly. And still working on leadership. We did have fun today on some mowed paths Ralph had made in a pasture no cattle are in right now. We rode round and round and encountered numerous new things to explore, with Fiona right behind us.

I guess we didn’t take Fiona out long enough, because as we were riding back up the race to go back, she did that crazy running donkey thing, where she’d zig-zag up in front of us and run at us (okay, just Apache; she obviously knew Spice would kick her). My thought is she wanted to go out in the big pasture, which I didn’t have time for.

Remember back when I couldn’t walk? HA! I’m better now. (Also the farrier comes to look at her on Friday.)

She did that crazed stuff (making hilarious upset donkey faces and running like Scrunchy the pug used to) for about five minutes, as the horses just walked on, calm as can be. By the time we’d hosed off the horses and taken them back in, she was fine, and walked into their pasture like a little lady.

It’s always something. Sara says I need to make Apache do more when she isn’t here, so I am going to try to recruit someone to at least walk out to the arena pasture with Spice so I can concentrate on trotting and he won’t be all panicked to not be near her. After I get my issues worked out, I will work on HIS issues of being herd-bound, which Sara says is causing him to act rather squirrelly when she’s alone on him. She even said he acted scared of the horse washing hose, a thing he normally loves.

That’s the best thing about horsemanship. No matter how good you or your horse may be, you always have something you or your horse buddy can work on.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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