Sunday, April 25, 2010

The quest continues...

... so we've been trying to teach Rienzi how to lay down.  This is a difficult quest - as Ren is BIG and hard to manuver around.  Last summer we wrestled and wrangled her and it was partially successful.  It just wasn't a very postive experience.  So this time around I went the complete opposite direction - we did a lot of walking around thinking "downward" thoughts.  

This resulted in Ren digging lots of holes in the arena... 

.. lots of looking at me with her "I don't think so" face...
Notice the carrot I have hiding to try and convience her otherwise.  And Ren earns lots of treats if she offers downward thoughts - which includes kneeling.

Nom Nom Nom!
Now if only I could figure out how to get that big ol' rump of hers to go down, we'll be all set!

Here's Ren offering a kneel without a halter, and minimal use of the rope.

So... all of this is a lot for Ren to process, so she sits around and yawns quite a bit during these sessions which is pretty funny.
Any bets on when she'll finally figure out how to go all the way down when I ask?

George and Shae did a little session as well...

Finding the perfect spot to lie down.

It's so easy to mount your 16+ hand horse when they lay down for you!

Time to get up!

Hmmm.... interesting action shot.  It's hard to capture a horse hauling themselves to their feet!

Shamelessly begging for treats....

Shae thinks these sessions are the best ever - lots of treats, back rubs, and very little effort on her part.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Finally - some pictures that don't feature snow!

But instead, feature two very dusty dirty horses.  Not filthy, but definitely dusty!

Today was much windier and cooler than George and I anticipated.  Ren's sidebones were also acting up, so instead of a trail ride we worked Shae in the arena and then played a bit with lying down.

George bringing the girls in from the field.

We both rode Shae quite a bit - I've been riding her bareback so much, that it's time I got back into riding with a saddle!  We didn't really take any riding pictures - like I said, it was windy and we weren't sure how long we were going to stay out.  Ren and I just did lots and lots of walking to try and stretch out her legs.

Time to lay down!

First a good roll.... get that sand really rubbed in.

Gotta scratch that itchy nose!
Ren explored her downward thoughts by pawing at the arena sand... alot.

She also showed off her curly bangs.

Then, it's back out in the field for everyone's favorite pastime - eating.

And now it's April....

Mid April to be precise... and I haven't posted any new pictures!  Mostly because we haven't had much play time where George and I want to be snapping pictures.  We'd rather be out riding or doing our groundwork instead.   And speaking of snapping pictures, I tend to be the one that is always doing that, so we end up with many pictures of George and few pictures of me.  That's okay though - George is so busy that when he comes out to play with horses, I'd rather he just enjoy himself anyway.

I did finally get a chance to design my hubby some business cards!   Ren looks so cute up on the pedestal - and she even wore her hoof boots!