Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Yesterday I saddled Sandy up and worked him in the big arena...from the ground. He was soft and supple just like he'd been on Monday. I tied his nose around to both sides (but not at the same time, of course) and he gave just like I knew he would. He's very soft like that. I also began walking alongside of him, pushing into his side with the stirrup as though it were my leg. He did some nice yields in both directions.

Again, I had no one to assist in my climbing on. My mouth was watering for a ride. I popped my foot into the stirrup and bounced up and down a few times. His head stayed low and he was completely relaxed.

Not smart, I told myself, to climb on with no one around to dial 911. It was all I could do to resist. I gave him a pat and put him away.

Not long afterwards Jay the farrier showed up. He went out to visit Sandy, and aside from me, this is the first time Sandy relaxed for anyone. Oh, sure, he still snorted, but he stood quietly enough that Jay decided he may as well give the boy a pedicure. Sandy stood better than many a broke horse!

Jay has helped out when it's been time to take that first ride more than once for Curt. Since Sandy seemed so smitten, it was a no brainer to ask him if he'd be willing to help me out. First thing tomorrow morning, he said, 9:00 am.


And at 9:01 Jay kept his word, pulling into the driveway. I went out and saddled Sandy and handed the lead over to Jay, who then led him to the round pen. Sandy had to stop and snort, protesting for a moment or two before coming inside. Round pens mean work! Jay led him around as I adjusted my helmet on my head. That's chances being taken here! If I'd have a mouth piece, I'd have been wearing that too, lol!

Sandy stood nice as you please for me to mount. We stood still for a minute or two, letting him get the feel of my body weight on top of his back before I asked him to move forward. His ears twitched as he listened. Jay walked closely, then began to give him a little more slack. Sandy was listening to my voice, hands and legs as he hesitantly moved around the pen. At one point, something scared him and he spooked. Jay grabbed at the lead as I picked up the reins. The close contact just made it worse, so Jay relaxed his hold and Sandy relaxed as well. We stood another minute as I patted him and told him what a good boy he was, then we began moving again.

Both directions, nothing bad happening. He relaxed more and more as time went on. Not much time, mind you; nothing much over five minutes. Enough for him to get the feel of things, though. Dismounting sent him off to the right as he was concerned about seeing me suddenly appear out of nowhere, but it wasn't so fast that I found myself in trouble.

And that was that. Sandy's first ride is completed!

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Callie said...

It felt good to have his toenails trimmed!

Kathy C said...

Yea! First ride done and over.

Christy said...

YES! Good for you. Now I must go ride Henry. :) I love watching progress Tracey, and I'm missing the pics!!

When's ride #2?

Tracey said...

Ride #2 will be tomorrow. The plan is to ride each and every day for the next week or two. May only be 10 minutes, but I want to get on as often as possible so he learns it's all good.

Rising Rainbow said...

Congratulations, Tracey! That's really cool. I'm glad that you didn't have a wreck when Sandy spooked. I'm equally glad you have someone who knows what they're doing on the ground! Sounds like he had good feel and timing, that can make all the difference between what happened to me and things turning out a success like they did for you.

Also thumbs up on the helmet and I'm with you on the mouth guard. I don't have one either but sure would like to get one.

Anonymous said...

A big Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hooooooooooooo Tracey, Now you can make some real big process. Thanks for the phone call.

photogchic said...

So cool...I was holding my breath as I read the post. So exciting! Nice guy to come back and help with that.

jules said...

WOOOO-HOOOOOO !!! Congratulations to you & Sandy, that is FANTASTIC. Our Sandy is such a sweet boy! *patpatpat*

Jamie said...

Congrat's on the first ride! Glad nothing bad happened.

Callie said...

Yes! And a first successful ride!

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Katee said...

Awesome. Totally awesome. I'm even glad that he spooked. That spooking was a perfect excuse for him to really take off and do you some harm if he'd wanted to. He didn't take off though, he held himself in check. Awesome!

20 meter circle of life said...

And how wonderful is that. Good job for both of you