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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Updates on Ranger and Cody

Well, the "boys" are doing well. They have each started to express their personalities and both prove to be smart, willing, and kind. Cody has amazing conformation, probably because his herd originated from cavalry horses. Many of the cavalry horses had quarter and morgan and he sure looks like he could be either one. He is alert and attentive to his surroundings, he watches with a careful soft eye as other horses, trucks, tractors go by his pen. I have been leading him in and out of his pen for the past 3 days now and he is building a lot of confidence with every new adventure outside his pen.
Ranger has a "been there, done that" kind of attitude. After having him for 13 days, I decided to see what he thought about the mounting block. As he stood quietly, I started to pet him and lean on him, testing to see if he would be ok with a rider on his back. He barely batted an eyelash and so, with a trusty friend holding the lead line, I gently slid onto his back. I got my first ride being lead around in a rope halter bareback. It was really cool that Ranger thought nothing of it. The next few days were spent getting him comfortable with a bridle and saddle and lunging. As you can see from his pictures, he is getting ready to really begin his in saddle training very soon.

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