Thursday, February 24

Cavaletti Motivation!

The past few days, the horses and I have been playing out in the pasture because a) it's flat and b) it's soft. The ground is pretty hard right now and that makes for a rough terrain for their hooves. Especially since it's been wet and soft for a couple of weeks. So, we've been taking it somewhat easy so their hooves don't get bruised. Scout seems to be more susceptible to them, but so far so good, his feet are lookin good!
Anyway, we've been playing with two major things lately, cavaletties and collection. Fun stuff! Eddie is getting the hang of collection more and more and as soon as I have a camera again, I'm going to get some fun footage. He looks so pretty when he arches his neck!
And, with Scout, I've been doing the cavaletties. He usually doesn't like to trot over them, so I set up the smaller ones and put barrels on either side. So he could trot through the poles, and there would be a barrel about 20 feet in front of him where he could stop and get some grain. Then we would turn around, trot over the cavaletties again and there would be another barrel 20 feet in front of him. Well, let me tell you, he was so motivated to trot over them when we had done it a couple of times! Yay! Because he got a reward and a rest every time he did. And it's very good for him to use his back muscles and to exercise.
I've been doing the same thing with Eddie and he likes the rest and reward as well. Although I think he likes to speed around the barrels instead of stop at them. :-)

Hopefully the ground will thaw out soon, or we will get some snow - I actually think it's supposed to snow tonight! Yay!

~Lea & Eddie~

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

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