Today had to be one of the best days. Eveh.
At days-end, I was covered in horse hair and Ivomec, but it was so worth it.
It began by Zach and I de-worming 25 geldings and stud colts. That’s all the colts/geldings we’re keeping for this year. Though that number doesn’t include, Lucy, Shuttle, Sonora, Hope, or Zero.
And then, after all that, I saddled three colts- two for the first time ever. I went from Ranger, to Wyatt, to Dino. And saddled them, one at time in the round pen, in our barn. Ranger, is just adorably sweet. He’d rather stand still and have you rub two tons of winter hair off of him than move around (lazy is my favorite kind of horse). He likes to be with people and have his head rubbed and his tail head scratched. In about 5 mintues with a burlap sack and then a navajo, I had him saddled. He really just didn’t care.
Wyatt, of course, was saddled and moved out yesterday.
Dino was all but saddled yesterday. By the time I finally got to him, it was late, and I didn’t want to start something I didn’t have the energy to finish, should it go awry. But today, I got him in, rubbed him for a few minutes with a burlap sack, and then went to the navajo. He stayed very relaxed and did really well for the saddling. All told, it took maybe 25 minutes from the time I brushed him off to saddling.
Then I moved all three of them out. When it was all said and done, the colts were all very relaxed, and super happy. If I don’t sell Ranger, I’ll just keep him, because there isn’t any reason why in the next 10-15 rides I can’t be loping around on him, and maybe use him at brandings this spring. The only reason I couldn’t use him (or be loping around on him) would be because I’m too chicken to ride a colt at branding. That said, today was a huge confidence booster for me and I learned that I really can go from barely halterbroke horse, to saddled and nearly ready to ride in an hour. Writing about today doesn’t even really describe all the great things that happened. The horses would rather have been with me than with their buddies. I could move them out at a walk and a trot with little effort. Wyatt is going to be DROP DEAD gorgeous when he’s a grown up. Dino has my heart because I adore his big half-brother, Gump; and Ranger is just plain kind.
Which brings me to something that I didn’t talk about yesterday- I roped on Shuttle on Tuesday. Zach told me a year ago that she was ready to be a cow-pony. And she is. She could have cared less. Branding season is about to be in full swing and I think I’ll have a pretty sorrel mare to ride!