What I love about having horses at home is how much better I can see their personalities. When Carmen first arrived she was quite reserved. As she settles into life as a Canadian she's showing us her personality.
I always hose off the horses after a ride when they are sweaty. At first Carmen was all "ow ow, stop that! you're getting me wet! Hey watch where your pointing that thing!"
Now she moves her body around to show me where she wants to be washed. She also likes to drink from the hose:
|she sticks her nose right in it.|
She's becoming curious about new things rather than fearful. I did some work the other week on umbrellas. At first she was wary but it didn't take long for her to want to check it out.
|'do you think we could get me one of these for when it's raining|
I've been introducing her to the concept of ground tying. I really go slow with this and let it happen over time. This is from after our ride this week. She stood there while I untacked her, put it away and got the hose ready.
|don't worry- she's not as exhausted as she appears.|
Tonight I was calling the horses to come in and both came running to the barn. Irish headed to his stall and then decided at the last minute to amble the other way. I smacked him on the butt and said 'get in your stall'. Carmen dove for hers, not wanting to caught in the cross fire. Irish stormed into his looking insulted.