This week, I decided to put TR in a twisted wire dogbone Jr. Cowhorse & found that it might just be his preferred bit at this point. Since the beginning, TR has been a bit on the dull, front-endy side under saddle & felt things liven up a bit this week with a bit he was happier in & after really getting his shoulders unlocked at the lope. While he has very minor moments on the ground, he can handle plenty of pressure under saddle. Sure, you could get him razzed up if you really tried, but he wants to be quiet. Overall, TR wants to be a sweetheart & I've grown quite fond of him. He'll frequently leave the bale to meet me & sticks his nose in the halter with no issues. He rides great bareback & in a halter. I've also been tying him with the other horses (including the mares) more & more & while he has study moments, it doesn't take much more than a couple of bumps on the halter to reprimand him. When I do this, I try my hardest not to have to back him in these situations. I get the feeling he's had a lot of that in the past, as that was his go-to response early on, almost getting stuck in reverse, thinking that's what he needed to do to get away from the pressure.
Next week, we'll continue to polish things inside & outside of the arena until pickup.
- 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.