humans are weird, and driving me crazy: part three
our humans are real big on the idea of groundwork.
they are of the belief that not only does it make us safer to handle,
it also gives them
the upper hand an advantage teaching us new things
before we are put under saddle.
even the big boys are groundworked.
i personally think that groundwork sessions
fall on days when the humans are too lazy to saddle up and ride.
perhaps not all would agree.
on this particular day the h.’s thought some lunging would get us
nicely warmed up and in the mood for something more challenging.
i don’t mind lunging, per se,
although i don’t really see the point in cantering excessively
on the end of the line.
i played along.
i was feeling kind of special since i got to wear the new surcingle–
just barely, as it was hitched up to the last set of holes.
i must say, i am attractive.
then we got to practice some bending exercises,
and can i just tell you that my baby sister can already do this trick!!
i think she and i are from the gifted branch of the family tree.
the gifted always have praise heaped on them.
correction: those who do what they are asked to do
have praise heaped on them. the editor
then it got really exciting!
they got these things called long lines,
which they attached to the lunging cavesson and then ran through
in an attempt to confuse me
so that they could direct me from behind.
one of them walked with me in case i needed a little encouragement or redirection.
pshhh. please note that she is ‘hands-free’.
then they changed places and we continued to rehearse this little gig.
they called it “driving”.
i hate to admit this, but i really liked it.
but i told them they were ‘driving me crazy’…
then it was caoinlean’s turn.
he was real cute on the lunge line.
hmmm. only one photo of the little guy.
well, that’s because he wasn’t quite big enough for the surcingle yet,
so they couldn’t introduce him to driving.
(hee hee hee.
i guess i’m more buxom than my brother.)
then sunny got a turn.
he did amazingly well.
he can go forwards and backwards.
good boy, sunny.
then tir finally got his turn.
he had been waiting and watching for so long that he had gotten dusty.
when mom leaned on him to fasten the surcingle
this is what she left behind!
tir was not really sure that this was fun,
but he chose to cooperate.
although afterwards he was glad it was over…
dramatic, isn’t he?
truth be told, after we do good work
we are treated very well.
our weird humans are actually very thoughtful and caring.
we got a nice full-body massage and
life is good.
you might be sad that my series is ending so i’m throwing in
a few photos of me being driven through (low-budget) obstacles.
i am a natural.
since i’m on a roll and all,
i’ll just add a few darling little photos
from the h.’s most recent trip up to the irish rose farm
where they went to see my little sister and caoinlean’s little brother.
they had a play date together and got plumb tuckered out.
hey! do you see what he is doing to my sister????
i think he should get a time out for that little antic.
she’s tolerant, though.
anyway, all together now:
one more thing.
if you’d like me to have any further opportunities to guest-post on this blog,
please let the weird humans know.
i have some pretty exciting news up my feathers…
xoxo si gaoithe