Friday, April 24, 2009
I apologize for not posting more. I’m in the middle of writing something that has to be finished by May 1st, so I’m trying not to get distracted. Not much is happening around here anyway. The big event was that the horses got their Spring shots this morning, and the vet drew blood to test Siete to see if she is insulin resistant. We’ll find out next week if I have a chubby horse or an IR horse.
Both horses were good as gold about the shots. Siete was totally calm when they took the blood, and they really took a lot more than I thought they would. I’m keeping an eye on them, watching for any signs of stiffness or being “off”. They got rabies vaccines, which sometimes can cause a reaction. I have mixed emotions about animal vaccines, but with all the wild creatures in the woods behind the barn, I don’t want to take any chances with rabies. So far, the only things that seem to be bothering them are those darn gnats.
I got an email today from Amazon.com that the new Mark Rashid book, “Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider” will arrive on my doorstep on April 30th. Got to keep writing so that I’m done by the time it gets here. What a great reward - a new Mark Rashid book!
"Anyone who has spent any time around horses, and has paid attention to how they do things when they are out in the herd, knows how patient horses can be... One of the big keys to working with horses is the ability for the handler to be patient. Generally speaking, horses will learn the specific task we are trying to teach them in exactly the amount of time it takes them to understand it... It's when we try to force them into learning things faster than they are capable of understanding that things generally begin to go south... It's never so much the waiting we do, but how we do that waiting."
Mark Rashid, from "A Life with Horses: Spirit of The Work"