On top of a shorter week with much-needed rain on Monday & an unexpected trip to O'Neill on Wednesday, everybody had a bit of an off week with the cooler weather.
We've continued to work on Desensitizing to the Lead Rope & Stick & String, Yielding the Hindquarters & Forequarters, Backing, Lunging Stages 1 & 2, Flexing, Sending, & Circle Driving. While Rowdy doesn't have the desire to flat-out muscle through things as Slate does at times, he does have moments where he doesn't think through things as quickly. A good example of this was when we first started Desensitizing & he didn't know what else to do, so he just offered to back up slowly without thinking about how he could keep his feet still. I see some of that come out during Lunging Stage 2, Sending, & Circle Driving.
We introduce Jeffrey's Method yesterday & while he wasn't sure about me being up above him at first, he did well. I held off on the first saddles this week as I like to have three consecutive days once I introduce that, so we'll likely saddle on Monday, at the latest, Tuesday. If that goes well, we'll do the first rides on Saturday or Sunday. We're also working to schedule a trip to Knotty Equine for dentals & first sessions.
I've unfortunately received word that Jennifer with Knotty Equine is taking some time off from working on horses to deal with some family matters, so I will be reaching out to another trusted equine dentist & my chiropractor to replace the Knotty Equine portion of my horse health program until she's accepting horses again.
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.