More progress with Sparks the mustang. I describe my approach to desensitization, which involves introducing the unexpected while also maintaining a strong sense of security. I practice for the farrier by simulating the farrier experience, and get Sparks used to blankets using a fly sheet.
In the first of my Q&As, I answer the questions (1) how many horses do I have? and (2) how do I fit the right fit between horse and rider? I rode Sparks for the first time this week. There’s still a lot of ‘spark’ in him (you’ll see he kept me on my toes), and I need to be patient with this one, but it is really great to see him progress as we establish mutual trust.