I've been leasing a cute paint mare for a little over a month now. Her name is Millie and is a nice bay paint (hahaha, I know I leased Willy and now Millie ;-) I ride her on Sundays as well as Wednesday for $200 a month. The only catch was I had to pay for my 6 month lease all up front....anyone ever heard of that? Or well. The lease price is average for a two day a week lease. She's boarded at a pretty rickety place, the Flying W Ranch, I would have never guessed. It's very bare bones but there is a 3 acre paddock owners can let their horses out on for 2 hours to graze. The location is fantastically close to my house but again, no free grazing for most of the day. I think horses should be in a paddock as much as possible! When I first started riding Millie she wasn't very affectionate with me, she was a bit stand-offish but as we've gotten to know each other and grown more comfortable she's sweetened up; not that she was ever nasty by any means!
|Cute foal friend|
The hoof picking incident occurred because I found she had a habit of kicking out her legs as I was releasing them from being picked. I just happened to have my knee in the way...oops! I've since worked with her and held her leg while rubbing her rump and slowly placing her hoof back to the ground. That seemed to work for her and now she's just a complete rag doll when it comes to moving her legs! Yea for me and Millie!
|Squeals of delight or annoyance?|
The rearing occurred because she started getting really upset when ever I put my hands up towards her face. The first time she did this was one time I was about to bridle her and she reared and pulled way back on the halter and lead. Those Aussie tie rings are great for horses that need work with tying, she was able to give herself room and then calm down. Go Clinton Anderson! I spent many times out to see her just working her on lunging in the halter and then repeatedly moving my hands in the "offensive manner" until she finally calmed down to where she was before. Her owner thinks she was smacked in the face one day by the remnants of an electrobraid wire that is looped around the top of her pen. Who knows I may have poked her wrong one time I was bridling her I'm just glad Millie and I worked it out but I'm very steady and cautious as I bridle her now. I place my hand with the brow band part on her nose and slowly slide up her face...slightly different technique than I'm used to but it seems to work with her.
|The good husband!|
Millie is not really responsive to leg yielding and the first time I tried to canter her she spun in a tight circle instead of continuing in the strait line we were on. Yeah, that freaked me out. But for the most part I feel I've worked through some of the biggest difficulties. I'm hoping to make it out by 10am on Sundays to catch a group that goes for trail rides on Sunday mornings.
|How a horse should always be!|
|Hi Millie! Um I'm trying to take a picture stop coming at me!|