Friday, October 24, 2008

Tonka and I had a great ride yesterday with Kara and her mustang mare Catlow. It's really a bummer that she's had her mustangs and been so close for 3 years or so and we didn't even know about each other. And now she's moving. :(

Isn't Catlow beautiful? She's very stout, strong backed, and has a nice hiney. I'm kinda jealous... If I remember right, Catlow is from Beaty's Butte, and her gelding Chico (who I'm now kicking myself for not visiting and getting a picture) is from South Steens.

When I got home I decided to play with Bella since I had the trailer hitched and sitting right there. She got right in and went to the front. I "tied" her in (with the Blocker Tie Ring) and went and grabbed my camera.
Backing out was scarier for her. Yes, she could turn around, no, that's not how I ask them to get out. I figure they could end up in going somewhere in a trailer they can't turn around in, so I want them to back out.

I loaded her again and decided to try shutting the divider. She didn't want anything to do with that. She kept backing and leaning into the divider so I couldn't shut it. It took a little time, but eventually she moved over and I let the divider sit as if it was shut, but I didn't pin it in place.
Here's a worried Bella. Worried but willing. She's a good one.
Here's my two wee boys. Liam was almost hypnotized by the hair swirl there on Scout's hip, couldn't stop petting and brushing him there. Scout was looking at his mama. He's so dull most of the time, just walks around all dopey with his head level with his body. It almost makes me wonder if he's sick. But he perks up for his mom. And he eats and poops normally. Maybe he's just not a high-energy kid. And I think he's a little sad about being separated from his mom so much. Tonka is picking on him a bit too much too. I'm trying to think of a better arrangement for the little guy. Wish I had another weanling to keep with him.

Oh, on another note. I need a different saddle for my boy. If anyone sees an inexpensive Barefoot saddle, Black Forest saddle, or Circle Y flex, please let me know. I don't know how I'd afford it right now, but I'm thinking that's the direction I'm going to go.


Jessie said...

What a good mare, Bella is!

I can't get over how cool looking Scout's blaze is, I love it.

spottedmules said...

Catlow is from South Steen and Chico is from Beaty's Butte.

Bella is going to be a great mare. I think you will do a good job training her. Let me know if you want to borrow any books or videos, but I'm not sure you'll need know what you are doing!

hans said...

Your friends saddle is the same as mine. Did you give it a try on Tonka?

spottedmules said...

I just can't get over how red Catlow is in that picture you's striking.