Gently backing my green horse – Short Recap.
No bucking allowed.
- Leading, both in simple halter and rope halter. All over the property. Over half an hour, 6 days in a row. Behind bushes, between trees, next to tractors and various “farm items” lying around, walking over random poles strewn around. Yes, even while workers are running high-powered equipment inside the storage barn.
- Halting and standing next to mounting block. Me climbing up and down making noise, and eventually hanging halfway across her back.
- Hand walking respectfully in arena, eventually moving on to lunging. We still do terrible at lunging correctly and relaxed.
- Tying. Full body check each day. Lifting hooves. Bathing. Blanketing. Meeting some tarps.
- Bridling, on and off. Accepting all tack.
- Hand walk out on trails. Valiosa was very level-headed on the ground at the property. Week two we headed out, alone, with a rope halter on top of the bridle, gloves, running shoes, and a whip in hand for backup. We walked for 40 minutes, a half mile jog a couple of times. No stopping, grazing, sidestepping or turning allowed. She hasn’t trotted like that in-hand before. Risky, as all you need is for the horse to press ahead of you only to get scared of the slight movement behind them, taking off while simultaneously breaking your jaw with a kick.
That didn’t happen, and when passing some of the scarier areas such as large boulders or tight brush sections, we were already walking again.
- Soon she should try a bit of beginning long lining. (Because we do not have an enclosed area to work in, it will only work if she stays completely calm. Not sure how it will go.)
So far, nothing like training a dragon.
I think. Haven’t trained a real one. Yet.
From “How To Train Your Dragon”
Hiccup: [reading in the Dragon Manual] Thunderdrum: This reclusive dragon inhabits sea caves and dark tide pools. When startled, the Thunderdrum produces a concussive sound that can kill a man at close range. Extremely dangerous, kill on sight.
Hiccup: Timberjack: This gigantic creature has razor-sharp wings that can slice through full-grown trees. Extremely dangerous, kill on sight.
Hiccup: Scaldron: Sprays scalding water at its victim, extremely dangerous…
Hiccup: Changeling: Even newly hatched dragons can spray acid, kill on sight.
[flipping pages faster]
Hiccup: Gronkles, Zippleback, the Skrill… Boneknapper… Whispering Death… Burns its victims, buries its victims, chokes its victims, turns its victims inside-out… Extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous… kill on sight, kill on sight, kill on sight… Night Fury: Speed unknown. Size unknown. The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself. Never engage this dragon. Your only chance: hide and pray it does not find you.
Valiosa: Can kill a man at close range. Speed unknown. Size unknown. Suppose we’ll find out. Hope you’ll stick around.