Update on Sparks. Johnny goes for a gallop to prepare for the Carolina Horse Trials. Ozzie gets some experience under saddle.
In this week’s vlog, I try a new kind of protein bar made from insects, and talk a little about my search for a working student. My new mustang, Ozzie, is eating grain, and I was able to hop on him for a ride. Progress on Sparks is taking longer than I would like, butContinue reading “Crickets are delicious”
Progress with new mustangs, Ozzie and Sparks, and antics with Rick Wallace, Briggs Surratt, and Sarah Powers after a long day of competition at the Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida.
This week I picked up a new mustang in training for Ginny Grigsby. Azogar (aka ‘Ozzie’) is a 9 year old from the Kiger HMA. Going from having his own band in Oregon to spending time developing a respectful relationship with a human is a major change. Ozzie is powerful and intelligent, so am takingContinue reading “Snowstangs”
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.
This week I took Sparks to the Bartow County Saddle Club to participate in an obstacle clinic organized by my good mustang trainer friends Stan Smith and Rebecca Bowman. I was delighted to spend some time with my friends Cavin Graham and Cindy Brasfield as well. I tried something a little new with the vlogContinue reading “American Ninja Warrior Training: Wild Mustang Edition”
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),Continue reading “Dancing with Sparks: Q&A, Desensitization, and First Ride”
As I was preparing for Christmas last week, I made a terrible discovery: a rat ate the glass balls right off of my Christmas tree! In less weird and more interesting news, I continue to make great progress with my newest mustang Sparks through ground driving desensitization and confidence training. I received an amazing giftContinue reading “A Rat ate my Christmas balls!”
With visits from the vet, the chiropractor, and the massage therapist, this last week was basically one long spa day for the ponies. Fledge made an excellent all-terrain vehicle as we come to the rescue of a vet stuck in the mud, and I welcome a new mustang to the farm. Sparks has a lotContinue reading “Spa Day for the Ponies”