Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pie Poses

It was chilly and very windy today - upper 30sF with a wind chill in the upper 20s - but Pie and I were happy to get in a ride - we've got rain/sleet/snow coming over the next several days so I doubt we'll get much done then.

Our ride involved a good bit of trot work on the hill behind the barn, which has a gentle incline.  (The arena is still a swampy mess.) We worked on straightness, forward and relaxation at the trot.  Pie doesn't know how to stretch down for contact yet, but the up-the-hill work was good for building hind end strength and the down-the-hill work good for rebalancing and weighting the hind end.  I rode on a fairly loose rein and encouraged him to keep his head low and relaxed.

One of our neighbors was walking by with his two small dogs, and Pie wanted to go see them.  (Last night he enjoyed meeting another neighbor's German Shepard.)  When I first got him, Pie was worried/alarmed about dogs and children, but now he's curious and interested.  Even though one of the dogs was barking, Pie wanted to get close to it.

Then we did a bit of trail work - some trail sections are still icy and not usable but there are starting to be some clear stretches.  We even did a little bit of trotting.  We didn't go far from the barn - barely out of sight - but it was enjoyable.  Whenever he seemed inclined to rush, or raise his head, I just pushed my hand forward and gave him even more rein and that seemed to help him relax.

After I got off and untacked, I called Dawn and she came and I brought her in.  Just as we were nearing the barn, a whole bevy of preteens showed up - they were apparently from a local school's Spanish class and were looking to take pictures of various things they had done posters for - one of the posters was "caballo" with a drawing of a horse.  They asked if there was a horse they could take a picture with - I said "this isn't the right one" as I led Dawn by - flapping white posterboard and boisterous preteens aren't  her thing and although she might well have been good I didn't want to risk it - and said I'd get them another horse.

After I put Dawn away, I got Pie back out and he was glad to meet the kids.  He stood with a boy who was holding the "caballo" posterboard and had his picture taken - while trying to eat the poster.  Several of the kids came up afterwards and petted him.  The teacher taking the pictures commented on how he posed with his ears up.  Good Pie!  (Dawn got a nice grooming afterwards, too.)

19 comments:

  1. It's always neat to see kids around a good horse. Well done, Pie.

    Dan

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  2. aww that's sweet! Will the teacher send you a picture?

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  3. I hope they are going to send you one of the pictures of Pie posing with the caballo poster. Cute!

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  4. What a nice lady you are :) And what a good Pie, he sounds like a joy to ride.

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  5. El senor Pie esta muy bueno y muy intelligente!

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  6. Good boy, Pie! I always find it interesting to watch how horses interact with children.

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  7. Well deserved! I really enjoy your blog and am impressed by your finds. Keep it up!
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  8. I'm thinking like everyone else, that would be wonderful if you could see the finished product. I'm glad the trails are starting to clear off for you. We're seeing signs of warming here, too.

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  9. Pie is fast becoming a neighborhood superstar. First making friends with the dogs and then posing with the Spanish class. What a cute guy.

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  10. The students will probably be back and ask to take Pie back with them into school as a "live" visual aid. He is so good he would probably be fine with all of it!

    Glad you had a nice ride. Hope it warms up soon so you get rid of the ice on the ground.

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  11. nice! I wonder if you can get some pictures from them?

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  12. Pie is well on his way to being famous!

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  13. Jaz actually seems to enjoy children and is not upset by their unpredictable outbursts of noise or activity.

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  14. What a good horse to just stand and tolerate all that!

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  15. What a good Pie! Once again he proves his worth, first by working so nicely for you, and then being such a good role model for all horses with those children. What a sweetheart!

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  16. What a good horse! I would love to see a picture of that. Pie sounds like such a doll!

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  17. Pie is so sweet. It sounds like your training is going really well. Hope the weather doesn't get too bad! (I feel for you)

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  18. That is so cool that Pie was such a star for the photo shoot!! That would be great if you could get a picture or two from it!

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