Below he is getting his back scratched. He loves that and stretches his neck out and his head up just hoping she will not stop.
She had already worked with Evan and was just finishing up with Valiant when I arrived. Next out was Oksana and her filly Darla. Darla was taken back into the stall, haltered then given a tying lesson.
Karin picked up all 4 of her hooves. Yesterday was the first day Darla was worked with in a while. So today all the handling just reinforced good behavior. This month old Friesian filly never once offered to kick out. She is learning quickly to stand quietly when tied and is getting good at picking up her hooves and holding.
Today we let Oksana and Darla in with Sangria and Serenity then opened up the back gate to the pond pasture. Sangria is such a ditz, she saw that open gate and took off running, got about 50 feet, slammed on her breaks, turned around and ran back for her baby screaming all the way. She was so excited about being turned loose she had momentarily forgotten her filly. Below the mares are in the lead followed by both fillies.
They enjoyed the pasture across the pond. Karin and I ate lunch then sat out on the driveway in the warm sunshine for about 10 minutes then decide we may as well get really comfortable and take the golf cart over to mom's and join her on her patio. Beth stopped by for a visit then Rhonda. They took mom out to the Goose Ranch with them. Beth wanted to show mom the cabin she moved into plus they were returning Harvey (Spark and Rhonda's motor home). Harvey was a good temporary living place for Beth and Greg but it just can't beat moving into a cabin with TWO bathrooms and more than 1000 square feet. After enjoying the company and sunshine at mom's it was time to get back to work. Karin was actually going to drop me off at the house for a nap but instead we pulled Sangria and her filly out for her haltering, tying and handling instructions. Below Karin is picking up her hooves.
She is getting haltered again and again. Repetitive handling does wonders on foals.
She is following her mom out of the barn in the picture below.