Cookie and I were in the midst of the Spring revitalization of our relationship. This weekend, we went another step in the right direction, when trimmer Michele came out to dole out the mani/pedis.
As always, Sable was a rock star. Even with winds kicking up, and the farmer burning stubble on the field next to us, she stood very well. She’s always first, partly because she gets done the quickest, but, also because if she’s not first, she pouts. Yes, the horse pouts. It’s not becoming. lol
Astrid was pretty darn good too. She almost always is. She’s the one with the most solid and consistent foot skills.It’s only when she’s sore do we have any trouble getting her to stand still. A few stretches helped her relax enough to get finished up…and gave me a new assignment. 😉 More consistency in stretching and back rubs.
Well, okay then.
More hands on pony time? Yeah, that’s really a problem, isn’t it?
Thankfully, Hubby got home from work in time to help with Ruby. I love Ruby. She is quite the character. That character though, can sometimes be frustrating as all get out. Hubby has infinite patience with her. She’s his Girl, 100%. He can easily convince her that what’s being asked is her idea to do…and once it’s “her idea” she’s more than happy to do it.
Like I said, she’s a character.
Well, between Hubby and Michele (and a flake of hay), Ruby got the best trim she’s had since coming home. And, Hubby has some new tools in his arsenal of “This is your Idea to do this.”
And finally we came down to my chicken livered Dolly.
Who’s feet were bad again.
Hubby had been doing small maintenance trims over the winter, but he hadn’t been able to much with Cookie. Oh, he wanted to, she wanted to, but the trust between them isn’t as strong as it needs to be.
Remember, I said she’s a special Girl. She needs that little bit of extra special handling.
Now, do not take that to mean she gets away with poor manners, or bad behaviour. Oh no! Bad behaviour isn’t allowed. Semi truck load of issues, or not. Allowing bad behaviour, or making excuses for it, doesn’t do her any favors. Quick correction, so she knows exactly what behaviour isn’t allowed, does. There is a lesson I was taught, early on in my journey with Cookie…a horse person I respect highly told me:
“Be quick to discipline them when they need it, but, be twice as quick to praise them when they do as you ask”
We had a couple of moments where she needed that quick correction, but in the end, she figured it out, that the Human handling her feet was making them feel better, and so stood pretty darn good.
There’s always room for improvement, but she did good. ❤
She’ll get another round of trimming in a couple weeks…some tlc and lessons in between and I hope the cracks will be close to, if not fully, gone next trim. That would be so wonderful for her!
Sunday saw Farm friend Shaila come out for a visit with her pug, Sabrina.
There are pictures currently being edited that will become the series “Pug or Pig?”
Stay tuned, I’ll share those when I’ve finished them. 😉
While we were thinking pictures, the horses finally wore the red satin top hat…here’s those shots:
Once again, Astrid discovered this was not as fun as she thought it was going to be…but then, she was also distracted by Sabrina. Astrid keeps wanting to sniff Sabrina’s bum, just to figure out who (or what) she is. Sabrina, for her part, has no interest in the giant red thing lifting her bum off the ground with its nose. lol
I love how this looks on Ruby! Of course, it took forever to get her ears forward…and then, Hubby walked into the pasture and bam! Ears.
She looks so pretty!
And she also looks pretty ashamed…but seriously, red satin top hat on a black and white horse?
Best $2 I’ve spent on a prop, for sure!