Despite the very cold weather we've been having, there are some encouraging signs of spring. The cardinals have started singing - they're usually the first - and I've seen some at the bird feeders. Just before our snowstorm last week, I saw a flock of at least 30 bluebirds - bad timing on their part - and saw one again this morning. And most importantly in my world of horses, ladies and gentlemen, we have shedding! Just last night when I was grooming Pie there was the smallest amount of shedding going on. Spring will be here before we know it (along with the mud, and the cold rain . . .)!
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This afternoon, I introduced Pie to a large ball I got him as a toy. I'd already ordered it when I saw the video which is included in this post from Equine Ink - the video of a foal playing with a ball is priceless - take a look. My husband, who is quite a fan of Pie's, even though he is not a horse person, blew up the ball - here he's putting on the finishing touches:
I put it in the arena and led Pie in there. He looked at it, touched it with his nose and looked at me as if to say, "nice, now can we go in and have dinner?" Then I kicked it - he startled just a tiny bit then walked up to it with me and nosed it. He said, "ok, I see the ball, dinner, please?" So I took him in and he had dinner. Talk about a horse who doesn't believe in drama! We'll see what Dawn thinks of it - the objective will be for her not to end up in the next county, and the introduction will be gradual, and will involve allowing her to approach it at her own pace using clicker.