Horse Life

What’s Even Left?

Yesterday P & I went out for a quick ride- his 4th ride in 2 weeks, thanks to rain and work. Poor guy held it together as best as he could, given the freezing winds, so I kept it short and sweet. Then on our way back out to the pasture, some new additions to the round pen caught my eye. A flag, a tarp, and some random de-sensitizing items. Since I seem to be always searching for something to spook P, I figured we’d investigate.

I didn’t really think he’d be spooked by the flag, since Trainer B has a few of them flapping on the side of the arena…but I also didn’t think he’d try to EAT IT.

Then I unfolded the tarp to full size. And good news? P comes when called…like my dogs.

Then I went to go grab the stick with some bags tied to it, but P beat me to it. And then chased it around like my cat would.

Just to recap some other adventures we’ve gone on:

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So what should we do next? Walk through fire?

23 thoughts on “What’s Even Left?”

  1. god i love P haha, what a cool dude! you should get him to start standing on things – like a pedestal or mounting block or something, or see if he’ll bow πŸ˜€

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  2. Now I’m really sad I didn’t buy him when you had him for sale!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just kidding … sort of πŸ˜‰

    And omg that wind!!!! I skipped riding on Wednesday bc I just couldn’t do it… to cold!

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  3. He is such a good boy! I played with horse agility for a while so there are tons of fun, useless tricks like walking through a pile of empty water bottles, or teaching him to pop a balloon with his hoof. I have played a lot with this stuff with Shiraz so when she can handle all this stuff but then spooks at a ground pole, I just really don’t know about my special pony. πŸ˜›

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  4. hahaha he’s so chill about it all! What a good boy. I do this with Amber a lot too. She doesn’t care about a lot of it but I’ll randomly grab bags and crinkle them on her and do all sorts of things like that haha. I’m not sure what else for you to do either – try to jump up on him from the ground sans tack like you see in the movies? haha!

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  5. OMG what IS left??? He’s as bomb proof as they come! Have you seen the video of the horse for sale and there’s like kids on a trampoline and a tricycle and the woman is just trotting the pony around all that? You need to do that!!

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  6. I love all of this. See if your mounted patrol ever does clinics – we did one once and they had all kinds of fun toys – pool noodle tunnels, seesaw bridges, through smoke bombs, push giant beach balls around.

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  7. I need to grab a bunch of things and bring them out to the barn to work on desensitizing. Scarlet would have dealt with absolutely none of the things you’ve done with P. Gotta work on that.

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