He settled in well with a minimum amount of drama.
Kalvin is on time out during the day. He is being a bit too aggressive with the whole "I am alpha" thing. He charges Winston, bending the pipe corral between them, and won't give it a rest. We want Winston to feel safe in his paddock, we want him to relax, to eat and drink and make friends. Flash is indifferent; Jackson is friendly; Finessa is shy; and Tuffy is ... Tuffy. He runs and bucks and acts like Mr. Bigshot from the safety of his side of the paddock. Tuffy and Winston enjoy running the length of the paddock together.
Jackson is taking it all in stride. The first time we let him out into the pasture, he trotted over to Winston and they touched noses. Then they settled down to the business of scratching each other's withers. I've explained and explained to Jackson that I don't love him any less and that he doesn't have to worry about not having a job. His job is to be my heart horse. I think he gets it.
When I worked Winston today, Jackson watched but with interest and not concern. He didn't call or snake his head at me, he didn't give me the hairy eyeball or pout. I was amazed -- and so happy.
The first thing we worked with Winston on is blanketing. He is used to having his blanket removed by undoing the front and sliding it off like a saddle. We're lazy and we like to blanket by putting it over the horse's head. Winston's blanket doesn't have an easy clip in the front so I wanted to teach him our method so Brett wouldn't have to deal with the front closure. We tried it for the first time yesterday. He caught on fast -- He was fine taking it off over his head the first time. It took about five minutes to get it back on -- sticking your head through a small opening isn't something horses naturally enjoy. Taking it off this morning was a breeze.
It might have been due to the coaching he got from Jackson.
Winston was happy to come out and work. He led well and stood quietly at the tie rail. My tack fits him. Glory hallelujah!!
He was a little nervous and prancy walking out to the arena so I decided to longe him first. I worked him for about 10 minutes -- just long enough for him to relax. He didn't pull or otherwise misbehave. Good boy.
|Even at canter, there is a nice soft drape in the longe line.|
After putting him back in his paddock, I took out Jackson. He was in need of some serious grooming. Here's his latest entry in the dirtiest horse contest.
|Rub-a-dub-dub -- sponge bath and thorough grooming|