Learning to tie & his 1st bridling experience!

This gorgeous black stud was part of the bucking stock string that was at the Yakima Feedlot in December. Will enter training the beginning of May 2006.

Learning to tie & his 1st bridling experience!

Postby Juliane on Tue May 16, 2006 11:26 pm

I pulled Rory out tonight to work on his ground skills. I need to make sure he will allow me to touch his legs well enough so that after his gelding surgery, I can easily care for his leg wound once they scrape off the proud flesh from his feedlot injury. I decided to tie him up to the horse trailer, using a large soft rope, keeping the knot large and loose in case he panicked.

I wasn't sure if he'd ever been tied before, but I doubted it. As it was, Rory was PERFECT. He stood like a champ - never impatient, never testing the lead rope and always respectful of my space.

I brushed him down completely, including his legs (he let me!), though didn't brush his tail - not sure we are quite ready for that. Maybe in the next couple days :) I did get all of the tangles removed from his mane - man there were a lot!!! He was absolutely adorable when I went to brush his forelock. He gave me this 'clear as a bell' pouty look identical to what you would see on an 8 year old boy who is having his face washed by his mother, who just spit in a napkin. ROFL I couldn't help chuckling at his grimace! He sure looked adorable all spiffed up though!

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Once I was done brushing him, and certain that he was a 'A student' at tying, I decided to try putting the bridle on him. I was pretty sure that he'd not had a bit in his mouth either, but didn't think it'd hurt to get the process started :)

He was very good about taking the bit - I didn't have to ask him to open his mouth. He lowered his head and opened his mouth automatically. Though I can bet you it is because of the hand feeding of grain I've been doing to him in an effort to get Ace's attention :P Oh well - it worked!!!

Anyhow, once the bridle was on, he stood there like a first timer - gagging, rolling his eyes, chewing on the bit and basically completely busy with his mouth. It was adorable :)

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I took him for a short walk down the street, with the bridle on. He was a perfect angel. The first time I stopped, without asking him to, he kept walking. A short, quick reminder returned his attention to me. The next time I stopped my body, but didn't ask him to stop via the lead rope, he stopped immediately :) This boy is QUICK!

I absolutely love working with him! I also noticed an incredible difference in him tonight, after working with him. I put him in the stall, putting Clinton out in the paddock. I fed Rory his dinner first, then completed everyone else's medicating, grain and hay and water. When I was done, I went back to Rory's stall to clean it. I went in, started shoveling everything out, and Rory was RIGHT THERE. He was very much like an "in your pocket" kinda guy tonight.

He has not been this way before. He's been standoffish, with his guard up, asking not to be touched, caught, etc. When I was done with his stall, putting in new pellets and spraying them with water (boy, did he LOVE that - not!), I went in the stall to just stand there, looking out at the other horses eating their dinner. Rory still had hay left, but chose to leave his manger and come stand next to me. He nuzzled my arm a few times and stood next to me for more than 10 minutes. It was the first time he's shown any kind of affection towards me :) :)

I sure love this guy!!!
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