Wow. I think it is already time to put some heaters in the bottom of the water troughs. I've been breaking ice all week and have had snow cover since Tuesday. This afternoon when everything has warmed up for the day, I'll start wrestling with the tubs. And reorganizing--the tractor is in the hay loft, but since tomorrow CC is headed out to the trainer for three months, I am going to use the spare temp stall as storage, which means parking the tractor under there.
Hard to believe that little CC is now the tallest horse on the farm (Belles outweighs her now, but won't in a few more years). I did ground work and some walk work with her this summer, but she didn't 'feel' ready to me for more so we kept it low key. She is 3 1/2 now (June baby) and I think a little more ready between the ears and in the bones and joints for a serious stint of training.
I am capitalizing on the winter discount for training with Shane, who worked with Rain (not the Cowboy, a more local fellow who has a style well suited to CC). Shane has a very low key, horse centered approach, very soft and tactful. He's not one to really push hard like the Cowboy, which is why I think he is better for starting CC. Rain just had to be tossed in the deep end and learn to control all her emotions--sneaking up on things just made her more suspicious and explosive, while dropping her belly deep in a pond or pushing her to cross a strange looking bridge over a creek with a "JUST DO IT" attitude actually helped her focus and control herself better.
CC is not like that at all--she wants to slow everything down and study on it when confused, and has a steady, curious temperament. She's pretty hard to bother or upset, although she can get a little worried and act up a bit, it's not very dramatic. She does not need to go off the high dive, she'll do just fine easing down the steps into the pool a little at a time. Tossing her off the high dive would probably overwhelm her and she would not be able to process fast enough to learn properly; Rain is a lightening fast thinker, and if you didn't give her enough to process she would *find* something to wind herself up about.
It will be interesting to see how right I am--or wrong!--as we get more serious with CC. This first couple of weeks I'll only be able to get there on the weekends and Fridays because of my work schedule, but that's not all bad as she gets to count on and make friends and a bond with Shane and learn about other people handling her regularly at the barn. School is done the 15th for me, so after that I'll be much more able to be present.
JJ is going with me so I don't have to haul alone tomorrow, as Carl has to do a big school project in the photo lab. CC has hauled locally a few times with a pal, but this will be her first time solo and longest trip (about 1 hr and a half with the trailer, I think). I expect she will be concerned, but not crazy. If I put Rain in the trailer and drove off with her and no disasters occurred, I'm not going to get to riled up about CC. :-) But extra hands is always a good idea when hauling a big young horse.
So there's my upcoming weekend!
The Mare's Nest