Exciting news…. We have added to our equine herd!
OK so I hadn’t really intended to go purchasing a new horse straight after we got home. But when I heard a friend was giving away a beautiful 10 yo Thoroughbred gelding, I couldn’t resist.
So, Meet Magic!
Realistically, as a 16hh OTTB, he’s probably not gonna be a future long distance trekking prospect. He doesn’t have the best feet. AND he’s very green…
But he’s a sweet, gentle, giant and a great project horse for me.
And what a looker, huh?
He hasn’t been ridden for a long time, so we’ve been taking it reaaaal slowly. I feel a little intimidated by the whole process of retraining a horse who has done very little for the last few years after coming off the track. After all, it takes me a long time to trust a new horse.
Growing up, I was always madly envious of my more courageous friend, who would happily jump atop any crazy thing and give it the benefit of the doubt, often ending up in a flood of giggles and sand after being bucked off. I, of course, would always take the woosier option- lunging for weeks on end, fiddle-farting around to prolong that unavoidably scary FIRST RIDE as long as possible. I would practically require a written contract from the horse in question that I would not be thrown from the saddle. And now, as a mother, I value my spinal cord even more these days.
So where to start with this guy? Luckily, he’s a pretty quiet dude, so just perfect for a woos-bag like myself. And secondly, I’ve been nerding out on some video lessons from the amazing Kate, who runs Kandoo Equine and very generously gifted us with some of her training DVDs. She’s one very talented lady, who offers a course and range of online materials for bringing out the best in your horse.
I’ve found that often with horsey stuff, there’s just so much information out there that its all a bit unstructured for my OCD brain. I love the fact that the Kandoo Equine material is more of a step-by-step course which takes you through from haltering and bridling a horse for the first time. Check out Kandoo Equine at www.kandooequine.com
My favourite lesson so far is Kandoo’s ‘Shoulder Control’, which is cleverly subtitled ‘Turn your Mack Truck into a Ferrari’. Ive been working through these lessons with Fly, who seems rather reluctant to turn himself into an equine sports car after plugging away at the trails for the last year, but who could probably dp with a few of these awesome suppling-up exercises.
So What’s Fly Been Up To?
We’ve just brought Fly back into work after seven weeks off, as he seemed a little miserable standing around in the paddock. He still doesn’t love the arena like he loves the bush, so we are planning a little camping trip to the beach for him soon. On the other hand, while the donks have certainly been more vocal and much crabbier with each other as of late, they don’t exactly seem as though they are busting to get out the gate and walk off into the horizon once more. I reckon they’re quite enjoying their time off, so their holiday continues.
But back to Magic. We’ve been indulging in lungeing sessions, cuddles, feeds, walks through the bush with the big brave Fly-boy, and more cuddles. We’ve been giving long-lining a shot before I finally get up the nerve to get on him this weekend. Hopefully, we can learn from each other during the process. And you never know- he might just turn out to be another Fly!