Wednesday, May 25, 2016

25th April, 2016 ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz!

Today we have worked with CraZy, TwiZZle, Zoe and Zelda, which could be enough to send anyone to sleep.

Crazy has made significant progress, from throwing his head up in the air to avoid any contact with the bit, to holding it between his two sets of front teeth. What a brave and trusting horse. I love him.

Twizzle had a bit of a BBC repeat although he also stood next to me while I took the ramp down and opened the ramp gates today. He's also staying in for longer.

This afternoon it was off to see related New Forest fillies, Zoe and Zelda, both bred by renowned and kind breeders of quality pure bred New Forest Ponies, Mr and Mrs. Hankinson (they also bred my Fritham Nell). Their new owner would like them to go to the breed show in August although there are some challenges along the way, not the least of which is that the ponies need a bit of education. There's nothing quite like a young pony that knows nothing to make you think that you know nothing too!

Both are easy to catch and really enjoy being groomed but neither knew how to lead. That was soon established although of course they will need to be able to trot on the lead rein before they are shown. I'm not worried about teaching them to lead with their head at the handler's shoulder since that can easily be fudged in the show ring.

As well as teaching them how to stand still, we made a start on foot handling.