Today I had a good day with the horses. I was going to work with all three geldings but I ran out of time.
Tonka and Bella got a partial pedicure and Cisco got the full treatment. They were all very well behaved but Tonka swished his tail a lot. It's hard to know what's because of a pissy attitude and what's caused by muscle pain. I just ignored it and anyway he was holding his hooves up for me like a total angel.
I squeezed in time for a short ride on Cisco and we really enjoyed ourselves. He gets better every time I ride him, even though I'm not riding or even working with him very often. He's still a little heavy on the bit (especially if there are mares to look at) but he at least is doing what I'm asking. I'm ready to take him on a trail ride. Just have to find someone to go along. Melissa? I will be calling you soon! Tomorrow has a 90% chance of rain or I'd be in a bigger hurry.
Tonka's hard work today was just standing tied to the round pen, taking a nap. Even with nothing to do, he still looked uncomfortable in the belly/tail area when I went to put him away. Do you see it too? The raised tail is not from excitement.
The three fat ones got to wear their muzzles for the first time.
There's a small hole in the bottom for them to get limited grass through. Cisco knows how it works. Scout, even though he's a youngster, is starting to get cresty (the muzzle also keeps him from messing with Cisco's muzzle). His mama is a prime founder candidate, and Cisco has a crest the size of Rhode Island. They don't love their muzzles. Especially Bella. She threw a hissy fit, pawing and rolling in a puddle,
and finally coming to me and asking nicely for it to be removed.I regretfully declined. I hate to do it to them, but I also hate to lock them in drylot. I'll do that for part of the day but not 24/7. And of course anything is better than founder.
Mud Monster. Not a pretty sight.They don't wear the muzzles all day. I'm going to do midday to bedtime. I need to get a gate fixed so I have a dry lot, then they can rotate in and out of there, with naked drylot time and muzzled pasture time.
Don't forget the mustang and burro adoption in Lewiston this weekend! I would love to see you there! I think I'm hanging out by myself... John doesn't enjoy spending hours on end staring at horses, I don't know why.