Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A quick update on Dusty: while there have been times of disrespectful behaviour, Dusty has not once offered to bite or kick a person. She fence fights with the Mare and Vooshka but that is ok. We have hauled to the arena twice. Lyssa rode bareback with a rope halter both times. It's obvious that Dusty had been trained by a knowledgeable person. She will move off pressure and has the basics of collection. We still get some testing, especially if she doen't particularly want to do something. The only thing we have found is that she has to be pushed hard to lope on the line. Because of that Lyssa has only trotted while riding. She says the mare is smooth and responsive. Next step is to get the chiro out to see if her loping problem comes from pain or obstinance.
On another note - lambing has begun. So far the count is even, 1 of each sex. They are singles though so already I am going to have to disappoint some 4-H kids who were hoping for market lambs this year.