When Sirocco and I arrived home from Florida the temps dropped into the 30′s at night and it was a cold rain during the day. I put his new blanket on him and kept him in the covered arena for a few days because his pasture mates wouldn’t let him under the gelding roof.
His brother Grayson is the most dominant in the herd. He’s a left brain extrovert and a level 2 (online only) parelli horse. I’ve never ridden him and he had a trainer and Deb sit on him but that’s about it. These were taken last summer when JR was working with him.
The bucket makes a handy mounting block and it has a rope so you can move it around. The first time he just layed around on Grayson’s back and rubbed on him.
JR is a 3rd generation horse trainer and he uses natural methods. If I were to compare him to nationally known trainers I’d say he’s closer to Clinton Anderson. Since I am a serious Parelli student (level 2) I decided to end Grayson’s training sessions with JR and start him using the Parelli levels program.
I’m posting his progress on parelli connect and hoping to get him in the extern program next fall too. He is very dominant in the herd so after putting Sirocco in there and finding bite marks on him I decided to move horses around. I separated Grayson and Sirocco and put Grayson in the next paddock by himself. I’m hoping it may help him connect with me and stop some of his aggressiveness. Sirocco is happy with his new herd with Gunner, JP, Bill and AJ. He can still touch noses with Grayson over the fence. We’ll see how it goes. Horses have a herd hierarchy and usually I let them work it out. Grayson is very athletic and more aggressive, however, than most geldings. I thought it was prudent to intervene. He is beautiful though
So with that sorted out for now…I groomed Sirocco this morning and played with him online. I’m wondering if my saddle is too heavy for me. I’m not very graceful swinging it up on his back and it weighs 30lbs. It’s new and all leather big horn western with an equiflex tree. It’s comfy when I’m in it and I have a Parelli therapeutic pad. The saddle also has pads under it built in. I’m sure it’s comfortable for him. Sally suggested I practice on a fence with it. Note taken. I need to get in better shape too so I’m stronger.
After saddling I played a bit more with him online and had him jump the barrels. He felt very compliant and so I climbed on and started the freestyle patterns. We completed several easily…follow the rail with a neutral rein, question box at the walk, carrot stick follow the rail and flexing zone 1 & 2, direct and indirect rein, turn on hqwtrs and forehand. Using indirect rein to turn the hindquarters and then moving the shoulder with direct rein. Today was really “our” reunion. Nobody else around…just me and my horse. It felt really really good.
Zach you rock!