With the hole in my heart so big from losing Mouse,
I decided it might be fun to have a Lipizzan baby in the house
while we wait for more Mice to come along. After looking at some
nice young horses in Orlando and a baby in the Ocala area, I
went to Blue Mounds Equine Center in Wisconsin to look at two
weanlings. Peanut came to Florida. He has been a joy from the
day he arrived in October of 2010.
January 17. I sat on Peanut for the first
time today! He's been fine wearing the saddle and with my flopping
over his back so on to the next step. Friend and neighbor Bunny
walked us a few steps. Peanut was good!
January 21. Today Peanut was nervous when
I sat on him, but he can be funny about new things. We made a
small loop walking and I got off, praising him profusely.
Jamuary 28. We prepared Peanut a little more
today. Bunny led him on a small circle before I mounted and I
hugged his neck as I got on rather than sitting up straight right
away. He wasn't nervous at all as we walked two small circles.
He even steered a little. What fun!
February 11. Peanut is also working twice
a week on long lines, only a few minutes at a time, helping his
ability to carry himself in a frame. Jerry shot this video.
Peanut on Long Lines 56
February 18. After walking us around, I asked
Bunny to turn us loose and try to get a picture of me sitting
on Peanut. He wouldn't stand still so we made a couple of circles
on our own. Not what I intended but he was really good!
March 11. We are now making circles on the
line in walk and for the first time today in trot. Peanut trotted
when I asked, walked when I asked and stopped when I asked. I
was so proud of him!
Peanut in Walk and Trot!
April 22. A problem with Prince under saddle
and a horrific dentistry appointment that didn't solve it led
me to look elsewhere for better care. Enter Dr. Geoff Tucker
and his associate Melissa Boettcher of The Equine Practice. Based
in Palm City, FL, they travel the state and often the country
doing just teeth. Their slogan is "Dentistry Without Drama"
and is that ever true!
After I told them a little about the boys,
they wanted all three in at the same time and went right to work.
Dr. T took Prince, whom I expected to be good, and Melissa tackled
Peanut, whom I expected to be difficult since he doesn't like
new or unfamiliar things. I stayed mainly by Prince's stall and
was amazed to see floats in Peanut's mouth within minutes.
Dr. Tucker with Prince
< ^ Melissa with Peanut
I am so impressed! This team is prompt, organized,
thoroughly professional, personable and great with the horses.
I am also absolutely confident their mouths are as well done
as humanly possible, not just from the sound as floating was
finished but from the attitude of the horses. We are all really
Peanut was quite sharp, largely from not having
been done before. Prince was moderately sharp, especially on
the left where I've been having trouble, and quite sensitive
in his lower first cheek teeth, where the bit could hit. Mystic
was only checked and put off until he's older.
April 25. This was my first riding day after
having the boys' teeth done. Prince was lovely to the right and
better to the left than before. He was far from perfect but enough
improved that I believe we've found the problem and will go forward
from here. Peanut, who has been really good anyway, was even
April 29. Both boys were even better to ride
May 9. Peanut has made steady progress under
saddle and is really fun to ride. He takes his job quite seriously
and learns fast. This was our second time solo, without Bunny
holding the line. The video was shot from a fence post so we
are sometimes in and out of the frame.
Video 127 M
July 29. Peanut continues to do well, except
when he kind of runs away with me. When he leaves the frame of
the video, only the fences stop him -- go figure. Then he goes
back to work just fine.
Video 125 M
August 26. I am starting, with both boys,
to leave the circle and make squarish figures, including some
steps in leg yield and shoulder in. Peanut's pretty good at them
in walk -- not so much in trot yet.
Video 171 M
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