Monday, October 25, 2010

Cantering Cole

I cantered Cole for the first time! (Canter is a version of gallop.) We were on the trail, since he does better for me there than the arena.. Saturday, when I asked him, he didn’t have a clue what I wanted. I ended up having to tickle him with the whip. When he got it, he went very fast. I have him trained to stop when he reaches my sister, and he did. We did it a couple more times, and then we quite for the day.

Sunday, after riding him about 20 minutes, we decided to try again. I sent my sister up the trail. When I asked Cole to go, he remembered the lesson from the day before and burst forward into a gallop! He stopped at my sister, and I started to breathe, again. The second time I tried, he walked, then trotted, then cantered on command. He still went fast, but is was more reasonable. We did it one more time, and we were very successful.

We headed home, and he was very hyper. I think he enjoyed his cantering. It was also very windy and leaves were falling everywhere. I think that got him going, too.

Since he got hyper, I may not do it again for a while. I just wanted to get it over with. Honestly, that was much more scary than riding him for the first time. I’m glad it was uneventful. He sure has a powerful canter.


achieve1dream said...

Yay!!! How exciting! I'm glad it went so well and was uneventful. The first canter on a young horse to me is terrifying. :)

achieve1dream said...

In response to your comment on my blog. Hehe, for the eighties costume I just googled eighties costumes and that's the stuff I came up with. I wanted to exaggerate some of the sillier trends from that generation since it was for a costume. I'm sure you're not a fashion embarrassment lol. I'm not too great at fashion either. I have trouble even matching some days hehe.

Thank you for the reassurances on Chrome. I'm not too worried about gelding him for behavioral reasons because he's been fine. He shows some studdy behaviors, but nothing dangerous or anything. I was wanting to get it done before he turns eighteen months because that's when the growth plates in the legs start to close. Some people say that gelding them before the growth plates start to close can delay the process and add an inch or two to their final height. I have no idea if it's true or not since there hasn't been actual research, but I figured it couldn't hurt hehe. I won't worry about it though since it's not possible to do it now. :)

As for the teeth he keeps weight on fine, but he does a weird things with his tongue like there's stuff getting caught back there. I don't have the guts to grab his tongue and stick my hand back there to check, so I'm just going to wait until I can afford a dentist. I'm sure he'll be fine until then. My husband should hopefully be going to work in a month or so if his back starts to improve. Thanks again!