today was really wonderful with billy blaze i took out the orange ball and the green ball and gave him some “free” time to play. i sat myself down behind a panel, on a pedestal to read my book. billy played for a few minutes then came and stood by me, head down, and just rested it was so nice that he would rather be by me than play with his ball!
then a young cowboy showed up to work a young horse in the round pen, so i hopped the panel and put my arm around billy’s face so he wouldn’t bug them as they came into the arena… billy was fascinated with the filly in the round pen so i let him explore her while i set up the playground.
when i was ready for him i played the catching game until he wanted to be with me instead of the filly. it didn’t take long! we played with the bridge, walking on it forward and then backing onto it, then standing on it. we played with the half barrel jump. he would walk up to it and very carefully prepare himself, then jump it and turn and face. it was pretty neat since it’s only one barrel and i had it pulled away from the wall. he could have gone around it….
then we played with the pedestal. i asked him to put his front feet on it, then move his hind end around, away from me, both directions.
we played with the cones, weaving at the walk and the trot. the figure of eight, softly and with lots of trust on my part. i barely moved, just pointed
we did some sideways over a couple of trotting poles lined up. we played sideways in front of the poles, then over the poles, both directions.
then we went back to the pedestal and i jumped up on him! he was a little naughty on the left side, wanting to bite my leg, very dominant. so i let him “run” into my foot. his whole attitude changed! i hopped off and he turned on his own and sidled right up to the pedestal so i could hop on. i would hop up on my belly, then wiggle around and swing my legs up. he would stand so nicely! i played some pushing passenger and let him walk around a little bit.
the barn owner and one of the older cowboys showed up to watch the younger cowboy with the filly in the round pen. they were very excited that i was up on billy! the barn owner couldn’t believe how quiet and accepting billy was of me up there. and how he handled me wiggling all around to GET up there i’m not sneaking around!!
i LOVE the look on my face in this one… this is the FIRST time i sat on billy blaze! (photo by Kelly Robinson)
after i sat up there and rubbed and rubbed and scratched and scratched, he yawned, licked and chewed, lowered his head when i asked, licked and chewed some more… it was lovely. i hopped off, took him over to some nice dirt, knelt down and he quietly laid down beside me and just hung out with me for over 5 minutes!!! that blew the barn owners mind! LOL
it was just the best day! talk about being in the zone….
handsome hubby made me two of the most beautiful barn wood frames.
with some help from my dad (and his table saw and router….)
we got the barn wood from a friend, who passed away may 13, 2010.
this makes these pictures frames extra special.
i took a picture of the sky last summer and wanted the perfect frame to put it in.
i’ve been waiting and waiting.
and this is the result.
good things DO come to those who wait.
hubby made me this one a few months ago. it’s perfect with this picture of billy blaze…
(he actually was… it was the metal door to the indoor arena )
this morning i woke up to a winter wonderland.
snow everywhere, the sun shining.
and narnia in my front yard!
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe….
and a little angus.
i went out and was certain i would find a faun
walking home through the snow. and he would offer
to take me to his home for tea…
he invited me in for cookies
the other day with billy blaze was really neat. i had plans to go into the outdoor arena to practice excellence while doing the circling game, followed by some horse trailer play.
so i went and met billy at his gate, haltered him up, put the 22 foot line on him and off we went! they had brought some new things into the outdoor arena so he had to check those out quick, then he dropped down to roll (of course…). when he got up i asked him to back up until he was at the end of his 22 foot line, then sent him off on the circle. we made it two laps before he wanted to roll again. i asked him to keep going for one more circle then decided it wouldn’t hurt to let him roll (might be good for our rapport!), so disengaged his hind end then knelt down. he stood for a minute, then i asked him to lower his head and he went down to roll. while rolling he rolled onto his back and just balanced there for a second or two digging his back into the sand. when he was done rolling he just stayed down. so i sat in the sand about 12 feet from him. i sat and sat and sat. then i started to get cold and decided to sit closer to him so i crawled over to him and leaned my back up against his shoulder. he seemed content to just lay there! once in a while he would reach around to nip at me and i would offer him his lead rope or i would play with his lips. we sat like that for 15 minutes! it was wonderful. as we sat there i was thinking “when is he going to get UP so we can play with our circling game?!” then started to think about how some of the things billy and i can do have become so common place that i take them for granted. it made me laugh that i WANTED him to get up! how many people get the chance to sit with their horses while they lay down and both are content? how many? i do take for granted the things that billy and i can do, wanting to do more or bigger and better things when the things we can do are pretty big and great! i want to continue working on our relationship so we can grow more and become even more amazing!
after we laid around the arena i decided our rapport was so great that we could go right to the horse trailer. we had the MOST relaxed and wonderful time!! it was awesome! he walked right in, ate the oats, stood there, played with the bucket that bothered him a little, but he kept offering to play with it then i backed him out slowly, stopping him with his fronts in the trailer, briefly. then asked him back into the trailer where he ate the oats again, cocked his foot and hung out until i asked him to back out again. then i asked him back in for a 3rd time, he was calm and happy the whole time! i was really happy with how he backed out and loaded him. how quiet he was as he stood in there. even if i moved around outside the trailer he was quiet! we spent an hour with the trailer and it didn’t even feel like it! awesome.
today i took big B and little L with me to the barn. when we got there we were informed that billy was loudly snoring in his stall, laying flat out how funny! i walked down to his stall and he just laid there. i went in and brushed him all over his one side while he laid flat. then the boys came up to see him and he sat up a bit. Logan climbed the fence and took these pictures…
is that even a word!?
you know how when you repeat and repeat a word and it starts to sound weird?
well randomness sounded weird the first time i said it!
some randomness from the last few days…
the other day i took some wheat grass out to billy blaze as a special treat.
i figured it’s green grass right!? and it’s winter so green grass would taste really great.
to see if i can grow it again.
one of my horsey friends and i went out on saturday, during all that great sunshine and blue sky
to take some pictures…
billy blaze with my friend and her horse in the background.
this is her arab gelding, azad….
it’s also strengthening their relationship.
and she took some of billy blaze and i.
and here is a picture of an umbrella after two LBE (left brain extroverts) are done with it.
we used it for the pictures, then billy got a hold of it and it was all over!
time for a new umbrella