Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

This past month Shine as been growing a lot!
I have now had Shine for 3 months and am enjoying the leaps forward in training as well as the challenges. My sister mentioned that some people don’t even start training the horse until he is a year old, so anything he learns now I’ll be that much ahead. It is totally true! I try to remember to keep this in mind each day I spend time with him.
Achievements: Shine is learning to walk beside me when I lead him, and only occasionally tries to look across behind me. He doesn’t pull on the lead rope much anymore. He is also more ready to pick up his feet and is getting better with more commotion around.
Next steps: I would like to get Shine comfortable with standing on three feet, so he holds still when he is being shod. He also pulled back the other day, but he quickly stepped forward again and was calm.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016

Shine continues to improve quickly. We went for a walk this week and he is getting to where he can walk up the steep hill right with me. He is so fun to work with! When we got to the top, there were four large stacks of hay quite over our heads. I led Shine around those columns of hay and he just followed me between and around them. He did try to eat them some. Heehee!
There was also a small X jump just sitting out in the open space, so we walked over to that. It came up to just below Shine’s kneecaps, but he didn’t halt the first time we went over it. We went over it a few times and he even jumped over it a few times.
He pushes off with his back legs, I love seeing that! I can see his power coming from back there, both when he’s running in the small pen and when he’s going over the jump.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016

Shine is getting better at following when on the lead. I am taking him for longer walks now and he enjoys it! We have been all over the ranch and he very interested around the cows. It is fun to see him interested in what they are doing. Looks like he is going to enjoy working with them when I'm on his back later. I can hardly wait!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

Shine is improving everyday! He whinnied at me today when I started to walk away for a minute. Funny boy! He also accepts the western saddle pad and didn’t mind it falling to the ground on either side of him. The former owner did a great job starting him out!

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016

Shine has really improved even in the first week I have owned him. He still tugs a little when leading, but he almost immediately yields forward and is getting better all the time. He accepts many things that others horses older than him, don’t accept. Definitely a good boy! :-) He has a wonderful disposition and is gentle to all who step forward to pet him. I introduced him to the western saddle pad today and he accepted it like it was no big deal. This is truly a wonderful horse and I am excited to see him develop. He has great bloodlines and it is already showing. Next we'll work on crossing a small creek that runs through the property.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

Yesterday I thought we might not make it up to Riverside to pick up my little horse. My car started running weird even further south than when we lost the trailer tire last weekend. Oh no!

I exited at Old Highway 395 and did some driving around, but my car seemed fine. Dad met us and followed us the rest of the way, but we had no more problems. I guess Dad was just supposed to come with us.

Mr SmartShining King was in the round pen and did a little running around before I slipped the halter on his head.

Absolutely no problem getting him into the trailer and he had a smooth ride down to his new home. He was calling to the other horses when he came out of the trailer. :-)

He is a beautiful horse and I know I will have fun working with him!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 27, 2016 - Adventure #1

A new horse, new adventures. . . In this case, even before I get the new horse.
Mr. Smart Shining King is scheduled to be purchase on Saturday, October 1st. There is much excitement at the ranch. Mr. Buck will be the youngest horse to join S&S Ranch and we are looking forward to training him.
The adventure started last weekend when we headed to Riverside to pick him up. We had spent all morning Saturday cleaning the Circle J trailer, no more cobwebs, and shiny clean windows!
On Sunday, after church, we started north. We got to just below Temecula when my dad said, “we lost a tire.” A moment later he said, “and we lost a fender too.” It was good we had not picked up Mr. Buck yet.
The weather was hot and dry at over 100 degrees and since we were on the freeway, there were no trees to shade from the sun. The tire we blue was on the right, however, putting us in the shade of the trailer for changing the tire. That was a blessing!
Even with the heat, I was dressed in my western garb and wore my black cowboy hat, shading me from the sun’s direct rays.
I had to hike back up the freeway for a quarter mile to pick up the fender, which had ripped off with the force of the lose tire tread.
We had planned to get new tires in Temecula, but most places are closed on Sundays. The place we did stop at would have to order the tires.
So, this week, I made a few calls. Trying to get a horse transport or rent a trailer so we can still get Mr. Smart Shining King.