So a pre- Christmas Riley update: We’ve made some good progress in the last weeks. Riley has met our farrier, and has had his feet trimmed! I was so excited! He did well, considering he’s still learning. Well, 3 of them. We are still having issues with him holding up the right rear foot, so we are going to see if it’s a balance issue or maybe a chiropractic issue. So if anyone knows of a good pony chiro in the northeast Madison area, let me know. I unfortunately wasn’t there on trim day, but Scott says he did pretty well. Thanks to Kevin S., he does a great job with them.
He’s pretty vocal as I may have mentioned. He is usually the first to greet us when we come out of the house. He started this funny whinny he does that sounds just like Scooby Doo. So I think he has found a nickname. I’ve taken to calling him Scooby now and then and it suits his easy-going self.
We’ve integrated him with the herd here and there, and it was going pretty well. And then it wasn’t. Unfortunately the bully in the herd and his followers got through the gate that had them separated and Riley headed for the hills. All ended well, Scott was able to catch him on the loose (he doesn’t have a halter on usually anymore, because he’s so easy to catch in the pen) so that was good, (didn’t use grain even) and get things back to normal. And we’ll be putting a new set up for the latch on the gate. The frost shifted the post and it wasn’t caught in the latch. All’s well that ends well. No one was hurt and nothing was destroyed, just had to straighten some fence. So we may have to take a few steps back in that department.
Since it was a beautiful day on Sunday and my Bestie, Jackie B. was visiting, we spent some Riley time. I am very pleased to say the he reacted to her really well working with him. He’d never met her before and picked up new things quick. We tried the long lines a bit to see how that would go and it went fantastic. He took to it no problem. He did left and right with a snaffle, easy as can be. I hadn’t done a lot with lunging him, but within 5 minutes he was going in circles for her. He has become much more accepting and trusting of new people.
The biggest triumph though, was to be able to get on. I couldn’t be more pleased with his unconcerned demeanor. I got on and sat, got off, got on and sat, got off, and got on. He wasn’t sure about it all, but with 3 passes around the pen, he was all ok with it. He relaxed by the 2nd round and was more concerned with the dogs antics than us. He’d done so well we left it at that, and so the whole time spent with him was positive. I’m so proud of him. I am so looking forward to riding him and continuing this journey. I don’t think I have ever done anything that is this rewarding.
I just wish mother nature would give us good weather, Or Santa can bring me an indoor arena!!! LOL
Merry Christmas to all from Riley (Scooby) and from us. Have a wonderful and happy New Year!