Tuesday, January 12, 2010
2010 Dolly & Diamond
This is my first post for 2010. Diamond is growing like a weed. She's only 1/4 Thoroughbred, but I suspect she got 100% of its genetics... Well, aside from the Curly coat! But her coat is also very fine like the Thoroughbred coat.
While I am writing this post, the wind is going crazy. The gusts are between 50-80 mph. The water trough got blown out of the pasture yesterday! Now it is loaded down with 800 lbs of water... So I have NOT worked with the horses these past few days, and I feel rather bad about it. But my guess is that they would both prefer to have their butts to the wind rather than be worked right now. So I'm finally posting about them instead. :)
In this picture, I worked on having both Dolly and Diamond stand far away from me, and then I would ask one to come toward me, and then back up. And then the other one come toward me, and back up again. Then I would have one stand still, and the other circle around me. Then that horse had to stand still while the other one circled around me. This practice came about because I want to be able to lead them both out of the horse pen sometimes, and sometimes I need one horse to move over and not the other. Right now, Diamond tries to follow Dolly whenever Dolly moves. They did really well at this game, though!!
Diamond had her front hooves trimmed recently, and she was pretty good. Teaching her to lift her hooves is a lot different than teaching Dolly the same thing. It's a work in progress. Dolly learned FAST because she is very sensitive- so all I would have to do is brush her shoulder lightly with my finger, and she'd search her brain for the correct answer to make the touching stop. Diamond is not at all sensitive to touch, so I'm having to experiment with new ways of teaching her.
The other day, my 11 year old niece rode Dolly around. She did great. Afterward, I threw the saddle onto Diamond's back because I didn't want to throw the saddle into the snow. ;) Diamond didn't care about it at all! It was her first time wearing a saddle.
What's very strange to me is that I got Diamond mostly as a companion for Dolly (and also with an eye out as a possible future riding horse for my husband). But I find that most of my horsey time is spent with Diamond. Compared to Diamond, Dolly seems fairly trustworthy training-wise, whereas Diamond needs to learn A LOT before I can consider her a fairly safe horse to be around.
Diamond has the SWEETEST personality. But she thinks she's still an itty-bitty foal and that she needs to come up TO MY FACE and stop. Sometimes she rests her chin on top of my head! We are working on personal space each and every time I am near her. But I don't want to discourage her love of humans and being around people, so I'm trying to do it in a very gentle way. For example, when she comes RIGHT up to me, I'll ask her to back up a couple of steps and THEN give her the nose rubs she desires.
Here is a short video clip of Diamond and Dolly playing. I am SO glad they get along well and seem to like each other. Dolly hasn't always gotten along with all horses.
So definitely, my goal is to continue training Diamond, but also to work more with DOLLY again!!! Dolly has given a handful of pony rides, as well as some carts rides in the past couple of months, but *I* haven't actually ridden her or done very much training with her.
Posted by Amber at 10:38 PM
- ► 2015 (83)
- ► 2013 (442)
- ► 2011 (1008)
- I DID IT!!!!!
- Twice Out on Crutches
- first time in a while riding
- Freezin on Hockey Day in Canada
- The Windchill Continues
- New Hope
- One of those days
- Saturday Shannon and I went to work in an indoor ...
- He DOES listen!!
- New Years day my daughter Shannon and I went for ...
- This is Ringo and I at the beach when we first go...
- Lakota's Busy Day
- Little bits and pieces
- Stella's Latest Adventure I
- Getting Ready for Donna's Trail Ride
- New Hampshire Ride
- Beautiful Winter Ride
- Blue Skies, Shining at Me :)
- Short But Sweet
- More sitting on a horse than riding...
- Progress with Lacey!
- Winter Riding - snow, ice and more snow
- Horse Doula Needed :-Z
- A long awaited new begining....
- Quick update (Dolly & Diamond)
- The Tiny Great American Cattle Drive
- Working on improving our Ground Work Skills
- Lemonaid For Life
- No riding yet here but did get some horse time!
- Beautiful Winter Evening Ride 1/19/10
- On crutches, but planning for the year
- Paying Attention
- Baby steps
- Riding with Snowmobiles
- The Little Things in a Life....
- Well to get started ...
- Playing with Rose
- Another beautiful day.
- Hi All, Another great ride today. Not as nice as...
- All stretched out!
- First Ride for 2010!
- Nice day for a ride??
- Congratulations 2009 RAC Champions!
- Glorious Winter Day!
- Great Ride!
- 40 degrees today
- Riding in the dark (almost)
- I can imagine that you're getting a little tired o...
- still winter, still cold and still riding :)
- Another almost sunny day...
- 2010 Dolly & Diamond
- Playing around
- just a test
- ready to ride!
- Weekend Antics
- New Year's Day from Dian Williams
- Cold here also - but Sun Again !!
- Spring In Winter
- Back In the Swing of Things
- First riding lesson in deep snow
- Sun and snow again
- Snowflakes and curlies
- Yielding and Bending
- little black things??
- A Great Day to get Started!
- Tuesday's Mood Lifter
- First time blogging...ever!
- New England Weather
- Hi All, I am new to RAC, but looking forward to it...
- Sleigh Bells and Winter Fun
- Maine Winter Wonderland Ride
- Happy New Year's from VT!
- New Years Day first ride on my new stud
- New Year's Day ride 2010 !
- New Year's Day ride
- No pictures from today- sorry- it was dusk when I ...
- New Years Ride with Me
- What a Way to Start out the New Year!
- Today I made my commitment to RAC 2010 start off ...
- Happy New Year from Texas
- New Year's Day, Ride w/ Me - COLD!
- ▼ January (81)
- ► 2009 (333)