Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pointy Blue:

Contrite Huckleberry:
(He'd been a bit too forward and tried to kiss me on the mouth.  Blech.)

Useful child breaking ice:

 Snowflakes and stripes:


I walked Dan down to the round pen and he met old Dyno for the first time.  It was cute.

After a little initial work to make sure he wasn't going to kick my head off (he did get close), I got my saddle out to try on him.  I didn't actually check the fit very closely.  I need to do that.  I think it'll fit though.

He was pretty apprehensive about everything, and I wasn't sure I was going to get to cinch it up.

But eventually he was okay with it.
 And here he is, thinking.  He really didn't want to stand far enough away for me to take pictures.  He's never had a flank cinch and he didn't care about that one bit.  Granted, it was very loose.

A nice trot to the left:

 And a bit of a fit when asked to go to the right.  He does this a lot when asked to change direction on this side.  I have to slow it down, give him kind of a pre-cue so he knows what's coming (because he doesn't pay attention very closely yet) and just take what he gives me.
  He got over his silliness though.  He actually bucked the lead rope loose from the saddle horn and didn't want to stop moving long enough for me to fix it, so he got to do a couple laps in each direction with the lead rope dragging.  A dragging rope is not a problem for him.  He managed to avoid stepping on it after the first couple of times.  Smart guy.

Later on I turned the three of them out in the pasture for the first time.  I wanted to see Dan moving out in a big area because I was worried about a possible lameness I thought I spotted in the round pen.  So I took a feed bag to shake at them.  When they were done running around they got to play with it.

I adore Bella's eyes.  And her snow mustache is pretty darn cute too.

Later on I'll load some videos.  I have to load them to YouTube from my phone and it's slow.


Keechy said...

It is a bit of a worry re soundness when they play up going one way and not the other. Hope it turns out to be nothing!

shadowlake2005 said...

My perfectly sound gelding always played and cut up going to the right (which was the second direction we went)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bella is adorable!

Sounds like Dan is very smart and learns fast. He sure is handsome!