Newt had a good & busy week with many "firsts" here! Early in the week, we continued to work on our groundwork as we prepared for Newt's first ride this weekend. We continued to work on Desensitizing, Yielding the HQ & FQ, Backing, Flexing, Lunging Stages 1 & 2, & Circle Driving. I also introduced the Helicopter Exercise & Throw to a Stop, which he did well with.
On Friday, he had his first bath, which went very well. My dentist pushed things back to Saturday as my aunt traveled out here to have her horse done as well & he wanted to do them all at once. Newt had some pretty sharp points & had lost his upper right molar cap. He also had an upper left "blind" wolf tooth that was about an inch in front of his first molar that we pulled, along with his upper left molar cap, & 2 bottom front incisor caps that were ready to come out. He also added a bit seat. The dentist recommended he be done again in 6 months.
Following his dental, he also received his first trim here (now that my ankle is a bit stronger). He wanted to pull away some on his hind feet, but that will continue to improve as he gets more comfortable.
Sunday evening, Newt had a successful first ride. As you'll see in the video clips that Randy took as my round pen helper, he got a bit tight & tense when we first began trotting. With repetition & letting him get comfortable, he came out of that. We Flexed, Yielded the HQ, & W/T/L in both directions; we finished the ride with some inside & outside turns. It was a fairly textbook ride. This next week, he'll get another 2-3 rides in the round pen before we move to the arena.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when, so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.