Saturday, February 2, 2013

Out for a Walk

Moving right along
Since my main ground driving trail is icy right now, I decided to head up the road with Ah-D today on our excursion. The air was brisk, for sure, but we went right along at a good clip.  I was able to enjoy the scenery, but no sign of Bigfoot.  Plenty of squirrels, though.  Ah-D wasn't spooky about anything, and cars passing from in front and behind were not an issue.  He did try to turn around quite a few times and head for home, but I was able to turn him around and head him back out without much effort, whew!  I didn't need to take as many "Whoa, Stand" breaks because I was walking on road instead of snow, so on the way back, we practiced several times.
We need a lot more practice on "Whoa, Stand" when we are on the way home. :) At first I thought, I will make him stand a minute or so before I ask him to walk on.  YAH, if I wanted him to taste success at all, I had to be much more conservative on my stand still time.  I decided five seconds was satisfactory.
A couple of times he was so frusterated at being asked to stand still, that he turned right around and laidhis head on my chest.  It was quite the aawww moment for me, and I could just feel my heart going pitter-patter for the big lug.  I could feel his pain; I , too, am an impatient sort.
I am enjoying this time I am spending walking with my Curly.  We are learning from each other, getting out in the fresh air, and getting some exercise.  I'm anticipating tomorrow's ride, and perhaps we will even be able to fit in a small ground driving session.
This RAC blog is so active this year!  I just love reading everyone's blogs and seeing what they are up to with their Curly.  Happy Trails!

9 comments:

  1. I love seeing a horse in harness! AHD looks so handsome. I can't wait for you and Dana to enjoy this together. Looks like the start of something very fun for all of you. AHD is so handsome..love his curls!!

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    1. Thank you, yes, I think he is handsome, too - but I will say something about those curls...he laid down on the haypile yesterday and so one side of him had bits of hay chaff in every single curl on that side (at least it seemed like it). Spent 45 mins trying to brush it out until I finally said, "Good enough!"

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  2. Looks like AHD is enjoying working in his driving harnass! It's been a long time since I did any driving but I always like it. Who knows maybe in the future for Voelie or Suri ..

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    1. You could introduce ground driving to Voelie as part of her training

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  3. Susan you sure are a step ahead of me , I always wanted to drive Curly but it just never worked out for us, now I just want to ride him and well I keep praying this old body will heal a little more then look out,,, Bigfoot will have to really hide, I always enjoy your rides and posting, thank you for the rides Susan...

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    1. I wonder if you could trade hosses for a Curly that drives and a cart to go with it. Maybe you could drive instead of ride because your health may allow that.

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  4. Yeah maybe when you're out hitched to your cart you will be able to take Bigfoot for a ride! He would probably enjoy that! I still think he's friendly but shy!
    Didder looks great in harness! You're giving me then urge to harness Linus again! We're still on the hunt for a bigger cart.

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    1. I have a lead on a nice Meadowbrook, but I am going to try it out first before I decide.

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  5. Ooh very nice! I'd LOVE a Meadowbrook! I hope that it works out for you!

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