It has taken the grass a while to start growing, so we did end up having to feed some supplemental grain this winter. Fortunately, the grass has started to come in wonderfully before my trip to Florida, so I took the horses off grain before I left. Of course, they think this is horse abuse in the worst form, but they’ll get over it, haha.
Star and Laurie
In other news, Star and Laurie have moved to Porter-Brakebill with us. Star was having problems keeping his energy under control due to being in a stall for 14 hours a day… now that he has moved to Porter-Brakebill and is out 24 hours a day in a herd setting, he has made progress in leaps and bounds! Laurie rode him for the very first time. I’m so proud! They are still not sure if they’ll keep him, but if they decide not to I may take him myself! He’s pretty stellar.
Toby and the K’s
The K family has decided to look for a second horse, so we have spent a lot of time on the road, looking at horses! We finally found a great one for them. Her name is Katie, and she’s a 15 year old QH mare. We tried her out and she was super good for the girls and very solid. She comes home this week, so I’m excited to hear how she does with the Alpacas. Toby himself has made vast improvements. Before I left, he and Sibylle had a very positive lesson, even cantering! He is almost consistent at the trot, and I feel very confident that he will continue to improve.
Scooter was one of the horses we looked at. Here, Theresa rides while Lisa stands by.
Tessa has been great. We’ve been working on the go forward cue, and she’s almost got it down. We even did a little gaiting! When I get back from Spring break, I plan to really hit the books with her so I can start doing trails over the summer. We still have a lot to learn, but she learns so quickly that I am enthusiastic about it.