We have moved on from snow to rain. The forecasters have dubbed it “Marchvember” for the resemblance to the rain and wind storms that are common in November. 6.62 inches of rain this month already.
With rain in the forecast for the entire next week, I took advantage of clear skies on Tuesday night to go to the barn.
I check in on Blondie first. If she’s still eating dinner I leave her alone. There’s only so much time in the evening anyway and Zaina needs the training.
After checking on Blondie I walk back to the big barn to see Zaina. This is usually what I see first – she’s not tall enough to stick her head over the stall walls yet. I’m not sure if she knows her name yet, I think it’s more likely that she recognizes my voice, but either way she is always happy to see me.
I take her into the covered arena for our lesson tonight. It was quite windy outside and the arena lends some protection from the worst of it. Look at how muddy she is! She must have laid in THE muddiest spot in her pasture. Just disgusting.
I decided I’d introduce her to some scary things tonight – a barrel and a tarp. The barrel was really no big deal except it makes an unpleasant sound when it moves. There is evidently dirt and rocks inside of it, so when it rolls it makes a scratch sound. You can see the barrels in the background. Later on I’ll use them as kind of an obstacle course, but for now using 1 is enough.
Here she is checking the tarp out. She’s really a brave little thing. As soon as the tarp wasn’t moving she was willing to walk all the way up to it and sniff it.
We worked on walking up to and touching the scary things, and a little bit on moving the scary things around. And that was enough for the evening.