Today, has been a month of Sunday’s, since I’ve ridden Jewels. This time, I had no control over it. My husband, still in critical care, requires more of my attention. He’s improving daily, and hopefully, he will get to come home in a couple of weeks. Truthfully, I’ve not wanted to spend a lot of time at the barn. There are more things to do than hang with the horses. I finally cleaned out all of the closets. Washed the entire household of linens and worked on simplifying our lives. When my husband does get home, there won’t be anything else to get in the way of my horsey activity. Hopefully!
As you know, Jewels, is not one of those horses who appreciates being tied up. My inconsistency is not her fault. Now, it’s back to the drawing board. In order for me to start hauling her by myself, she must be able to stand quietly, by herself. I started that task this morning. I hung a bucket of hay and water to the side of the trailer and after lunging her enough to tire her, tied her to the trailer to rest. It’s been nearly 2 hours. She’s still hopping up and down and back and forth. Jewels is like an energizer-bunny. She never wears out.
The one thing Jewels has going for her now is, she doesn’t pull back on the lead rope. She learned it has a bite! I really don’t mind if she paces back and forth. To turn around and look the other direction, she has to rock back on her hocks. It’s a good learning tool and she does it all on her own. I prefer lessons they learn for themselves. You got to love a horse that uses their hind-end.