Where did this big horse come from? I took this picture of Piper the other day after we did some training in the round pen.This picture was taken last July. Has she really grown this much in 6 months??? Funny how that happens. You don't notice it so much on a daily basis, but when you look back at pictures -- wow.
She just turned 2 and 1/2, so she still has more growing to do. I haven't posted much about our training lately, but intend to do more of that (training AND posting). This is the first horse I have ever trained, so it has been a real learning experience for me. I'm in no hurry and I think that has really helped both of us. She loads in the trailer - just throw the lead rope over her neck and she jumps right in, and backs out nicely. When I go in her corral to get her with the lead rope, she comes right to me. She stands tied quietly without pulling back. She will walk nicely next to me on the lead rope MOST of the time. We're working on that, making sure she doesn't get ahead of me. She saddles with no problems. I have been working her in the round pen with and without the saddle on and have actually sat in the saddle and walked her around a little bit. That was HUGE for me. So, all in all, we are progressing quite well.
Those of you who have trained your own young horses, I'm open to any and all tips!
(Oh, and if you know how to keep a horse from rubbing half their darn mane off, let me know that, too... I've tried it all and nothing has worked. As you can see from the first pic, she has done a real number on hers...)