Monday, February 14, 2011

*Kobee's first day in the indoor arena

Well, it went well! *Kobee had never been to the indoor, and he was pretty worried at first but after lunging him for half an hour or so he settled down pretty well :)  After that I only rode him for about half an hour, I don't like to overdo it when they haven't been ridden for a while - I am the opinion that a horse needs time to condition their back before a lot of riding is done.

Anastasia came with me - it was SO slippery today that I could barely walk to the barn!  I honestly can't remember it being quite that icy here ever.  So I was able to convince her to come to the arena with me and she rode Tessa for me - here we both are:
We were lucky that WSL came with us and took a few more pictures. 

Kobee was such a good boy - in this one he is leg yielding - following my body language very well :)
 In this one I am trying to convince him that the man with no face (camera face) was harmless :)
I think I finally convinced him :)
We will probably be taking at least two more horses over tomorrow - stay tuned!
Shelly in Summerland, BC Canada
http://www.curlystandardplace.com

10 comments:

  1. Shelly,

    Kobee looks great. What a nice handsome bay. He is going to look great in the show ring.

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  2. Kobee is one fine looking young man !! Someone will be really lucky to snap him up :) Good job Sandman !!

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  3. HA HA HA I took Prairie to an indoor clinic last fall. The thing that got her going the worst was the MIRROR along one wall. It was the first time she saw herself and she was one worked up little curly. But like Kobee she settled after half an hour of dancing around on the longe and was a great little ambassador for the breed after that.

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  4. Zoe and Betsy - I cannot stress enough what a great horse Kobee is :) He is an absolute delight to handle, he is wonderful to ride and he is smooth too :) YOu re so right that there is a lucky someone out there for Kobee. I will be very sad to see him go to a new home, but he adores people so much that he will really soak up the attentions of a devoted owner.

    Teresa, The indoor here has a couple of mirrors too - I always make a point to show the horses the mirrors before I ride by them. Kobee actually settled down really quickly - would have been even quicker except one of my boarders came with us with her giant WB and HE was VERY excited and galloping around the lunge line :)
    Shelly in Summerland, BC Canada

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  5. I definitely have ArenaEnvy. It is so light and airy in there! I bet mirrors would be scary and then fascinating to AhD, too. Love the leg yielding picture.

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  6. Kobee looks great, he looks very tall too and such a nice color.
    I always like to see a horses reaction when they first see a mirror, I used to have a horse who always slowed down at the mirror and even whinnied at himself:)

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  7. Kobee may look tall, but he is only just about 15hh! He has long legs like his sire *Sandman :)
    Bay is my favorite colour :)
    Shelly in Summerland, BC Canada

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  8. He does look tall!! Such a gorgeous bay - almost the same colour as Susan's Didder. Great arena work - its funny I was just thinking the other day of introducing Linus to mirrors. I used to show a holstein heifer that would go like a dream in showmanship classes...unless it was in an arena - then she would sidestep the whole way around watching her own image...ugh!!

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  9. Kobee looks great, Shelly! Bay is my favourite colour, too. So, did the woman and her husband make a decision over the weekend? Ginette (from WINTERpeg, Manitoba...) (Only starting to get warmer around here! Haven't worn a hoody yet :(

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  10. Ginette,
    No, I didn't hear back from them yet, but they seemed quite keen.... my neighbour (riding instructor) has a student interested as well...

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