Today was a day of firsts for Flash and I! Since I wasn’t able to get in our time together until this afternoon, I decided to switch up our routine a little bit.
Flash and I started with lead training. It was the typical walk…..stop….back up. She was wonderful. She did have her signature high headed stance, but overall she was calm and relaxed. We practiced for about five minutes on the lead and then moved on to bigger things!
Bigger things meant standing tied for the first time. I didn’t know how being restrained would go over with Flash, so I was sure to tie a quick release knot in case things got scary for her.
Of course she stood like a champ. She did mouth the lead a little bit and perk her ears up in question. Then she would eyeball me like she was saying, “OK, Mom, is this the bigger things you were speaking of? This is OK “. She stood quietly while I brushed through her mane and tail. Next came the metal curry. She did shuffle a bit at the metal curry. It makes a different noise and I know has to feel different in her thick winter hair than all the other brushes I’ve used on her. Then we rubber curried everywhere. Still no moving or distress. When I went to reach for the soft brush I made the mistake of turning my back. Flash started flailing around. I turned around in time to see her stall mate , A three year old miniature horse named Rose backed up to her and throwing back footed kicks in quick succession. Little devil! Poor Flash just took it. I kicked Rose in the pants and she took off. Little devil!
As soon as Rose was away Flash stood quietly. She is a big enough filly she could have snapped her lead had she wanted to. It just goes to show how even keel and good natured this baby girl is. I was so impressed with how composed she stayed.
After the soft brush and standing tied a few more minutes I took her halter off and soft brushed her face. She willingly put her head in my hands and thoroughly enjoyed the brushing on her head. No moving away for this girl, she wanted the love.
That was followed by our ritual love scratches all over her. Today I wore a slick jacket that makes a swishing noise when it runs together. Instead of being afraid of it Flash was curious, and kept nosing it. What a brave girl!
Complete time elapsed including lead training, Grooming, standing tied and love scratches was 45 minutes. I’d say this was our biggest session for learning yet.
When we were done Flash settled in with some hay that she sweetly shared with her cranky stall mate, Rose.
Until next time.