We're having exceptional weather this fall - today it's in the 60sF again with sun. The sunrise this morning was beautiful as I turned out the horses:
The mares were busily attacking their round bale. Sugar, with Misty in the background:
Sugar again, minus the end of her nose:
I rarely get good pictures of Misty - she has a pretty face - sorry about those shadows:
And a full-body Misty portrait:
Dawn says "what are you up to?":
Charisma was busy snatching bits of hay from her Busy Horse hay feeder (she has this to slow her down, and it seems to work really well - she isn't turned out with the other mares because she eats too much and rapidly becomes overweight - she's got that Morgan metabolism):
Then I went up to take some pictures of the geldings. I rarely get a good picture of Fred either - he's our senior citizen and very sweet:
Scout walked up to have a drink from the tank:
And then he took a moment to admire the view as water dribbled from his mouth:
And, saving the best for last, here's sweet good Pie:
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I'm feeling somewhat better now about our ride yesterday. I think for the first rides he was maybe thinking "this doesn't look like Montana, but maybe it's a part I haven't seen yet, this lady my old man lent me to is nice for now and soon my old man will be along and we'll go search out some cows." Then he began to figure out that the old man wasn't coming back and that this was his new home. He's not altogether sure about me yet, but knows that he's got a place in his new herd so that's where his security is at the moment. I also think I forced the pace a bit - the weather's been glorious and I wanted to get in as many rides as possible before the weather begins to shut us down, and I also kept throwing new challenges at him as he dealt successfully with other ones. I think he's going to be fine - I need to alternate non-stressful work with work on his herd-boundness and buddy-boundness, and continue to build his bond with me. I also need to be giving him some breaks from time to time, although I will ride today to see if we can have a better ride to pause on.
I really appreciate all the supportive comments and e-mails - it made me feel much better and as usual I'm better at giving others support and ideas than I am at giving it to myself. I was also just plain having a bad day anyway yesterday and feeling a bit lonely and like I had no one to ride with, and I think that played into it too. Pie's a fine young horse with an excellent foundation, and I just have to remember not to have unrealistic expectations or push the pace with him too fast.