Last night was another very good session with Eagle. And no, I've still not mounted him yet. Last Friday, it was hotter than the dickens after work and very windy. Eagle was a little snorty and I didn't feel like it was the right time for our first ride. So, we did some groundwork instead, and he was a star pupil. I worked with him again early Saturday morning before it got so hot, but the winds were already gusting. What is it about wind that always causes horses to be so goosey? Just one of those things, I guess. Anyway, I worked with Eagle again last night and it was much cooler, and there was no wind. I had Ladde saddled and waiting in the wings, so just worked with Eagle naked. We did a bunch of work from the top of the roundpen, sliding my feet all over his rump and back and getting him to step up into good mounting position. One thing I love about Eagle, is he's usually timid and unsure of something at first, but as soon as he figures out what you're asking, he's got it. Lesson learned, and he doesn't forget. After he "gets it", I usually walk away from him for a few minutes and let him "soak" for a while. That's it. Lesson has been firmly entrenched in his amazing mind. I love that about him!
After working with Eagle, I just turned him loose in the roundpen and rode Ladde for a while. His toes are long, he's sorely in need of a refit, which causes him to be a bit stumbly. So, we just did some walk trot transitions and a lot of relaxed walking and two tracking across the ring. He was spot on once again. Eagle kept tabs on what we were doing, but never interfered even once. Instead, he concentrated on weed management in the roundpen. Such a good fellow.
Eagle, ever the curious fellow, checking out the saddle.
This is Lilly. Or, Little Lilly as I refer to her. She is my great-great niece. Lilly just turned 2 years old. She's so sweet that sugar won't melt in her mouth...mostly. Same child that just told Shelley, my niece (her grandma) that she "tinks" when Shelley was singing along with the car radio. Where do they come up with this stuff?
A family tradition we all enjoy...eating!!
I'm hoping to have some more pictures of our kitchen counter top project posted here soon. Yesterday, I picked out some 12x12 tiles to go above the backsplash. I think they're a pretty good match and will look better than just painting above the 4" backsplash. It will make wiping down easier too. The granite is in and I've got to say that I absolutely love it!!! It looks so much better than it did before. Just can't wait to get the sink back in. Have I mentioned lately how much I miss having a kitchen sink????? *sigh* Doing dishes in the bathroom is for the birds - seriously.