Bella’s at the Trainer’s   Leave a comment

David and I loaded Bella up yesterday and headed for Lancaster, to take her to Trish the trainer for advanced work.  We were a little concerned, with such a light load, about the desert winds.  They weren’t a problem though, and everything went very well — except I forgot part of her harness (the most important part) and I forgot to take any pictures.  I’ll be going up later to check on her progress, though, and maybe I won’t forget then.

On the way back, we stopped at the Apple Shed in Tehachapi and pigged out.  My diet was thoroughly broken by their Tehachapi Burger — a beef patty on grilled sourdough with cheese, bacon, and grilled onion.  Then we didn’t get past the fresh-made fudge.  I nobly didn’t eat any then, but took it home to Billy.  It was half Dulce de Leche (caramel) and half Peanut Butter Explosion.  I did steal a tiny bite from Billy when we got home.

We got a five-month old filly in last week, and the owners want a halter left on her.  Ordinarily we recommend against that, but this is not a well-handled baby, and they need to be able to catch her.  She lost the halter she had on, and it took three people to get one back on.  The first one was a little tight, so we substituted one that Bella had outgrown and snugged it up.  A baby that has not had a lot of handling takes work.  You can see her eyeing the camera with distrust, and showing no desire at all to come over and see the human.

By way of contrast, here’s the well-handled Paint filly down the row.  It would be hard to get a full picture of her, because she — and her Mom, and her neighbor — immediately comes over to see what you are doing.

It’s not too late for the bay filly, though.  All it takes is time and patience.  Working with a baby can be a lot of fun; I hope the owners take their time and have the time for her.  They’re going to try.

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Posted October 25, 2012 by stablewoman in Bella, Horses

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