Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017

Shine is now 1 year old. Happy Birthday, Shine! He is learning so fast! I did his first bath today and he walked right into the wash racks, that was until the water was turned on. I ended up washing him with a sponge and a bucket of water, but he listened when I told him to step forward into the wash racks and he yielded to pressure even when the water was drizzling in front of him. I'm sure he will soon be standing in the wash racks the whole time, while I soap up and rinse him off. :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017

Shine is sure growing! He is also learning quickly. We did some trailer practice today and I am looking forward to getting on his back, but that is still several months away. Shine is learning to listen to me and seems to enjoy working with me as well.

The other day a boy walked across behind him carrying a saddle, and Shine just looked back at him calmly. Maybe he's thinking, "when will it be my turn?" *Smile*

We also jumped over a few low X jumps. Shine stayed right with me and didn't halt on his way over at all. He's catching on fast!

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.