I got this month’s DVD from Clinton Anderson’s No Worries Club and because it featured a retired endurance Arabian, I figured I’d watch it. As it turned out, the Arabian is a desert-bred or Al Khamsa Arabian, like Al Bin.
I watched a few minutes of the show then decided, screw the heat, my still sore knee and that PITA horse, I’m going to make an effort to make him a better horse.
I caught him easily enough and this time, the saddle only fell off his back once (compared to three times the last time I saddled him). I love my saddle, I really do, but it’s heavy as hell. Couple that with a horse that is spooky to saddle and you have a difficult situation. Luckily this time I tied the rope halter correctly and when he reared back on the halter, the nose band slipped off, but it didn’t come untied so I didn’t loose him. Yea! Got the halter back on him, tighter this time, and threw the saddle up over him a second time and managed to get it in place.
Of course … if I had done some ground work with him before I started saddling him, I might not have had any trouble and the next time I ride him, I will do that because his rearing up right next to me got a bit hairy.
I’ve had the stirrups twisted using a piece of wood and it made a big difference. I am going to keep the wood in them for a while longer as they are not quite perfect, but close. My knee only twinged a bit.
When Merlin and I returned from our ride, we were both soaking wet with sweat, but I felt like I accomplished something, both for me and for him. I removed his saddle and bridle and hosed him off then went down and caught Al Bin and brought him up and put a good dose of fly spray on him. They hate it, but I feel sure they hate the flies biting them much, much more.
It’s too early to tell if the fly predators are working, but when I was cleaning out the goat shelter on Sunday, I saw swarms of them in there. Removing the manure will make a bit difference in that building.
Over the weekend, I reduced Merlin’s price from $500 to $300 and only got a few responses, none of them favorable. I plan to remove the advertisement and try to work towards making him a better horse. If nothing else, I may sweat off a few pounds in the process. Heck, it’s only 93 degrees with a heat index of 98, not too hot, huh?
Gel went with me and I know he’s tired. He stopped in all the creeks and puddles we went by to cool off.
The puppies are rowdy. They’ve been up most of the day in a crate and as I write this, they are trying to kill each other. I guess it’s time to put them out for a few minutes and take a shower: I need one!
Until later …