“Playing” with Whiskey!

IMG_0489After riding out with Chica, I gave everyone some social time all together.  Interestingly, Whiskey was rather odd man out with the other two, whose relationship is established, and each wearing white fur coats!  He was independent minded, and went his own way, not a beggar!

We know what's coming!
We know what’s coming!

Time came for a session of ground work with Whiskey.  I asked the other two to retire to the paddock, of which they took up seats in the Peanut Gallery.  They gave me the feeling that they definitely knew what was coming!

introduction. . . .
introduction. . . .

The first routine is the concept of the whip, stick, or what have you, being an extension of your arm.  I was told that Whiskey is sensitive to some of the equipment used as aides, so decided we would go slow and easy.

Ok, I get it. . . .
Ok, I get it. . . .

He definitely wasn’t sure what to think!  He did accept strokes all over, from head to toe, front to back, letting out big sighs, and then the lick and chew.

Combine with poles to make it interesting. . .
Combine with poles to make it interesting. . .

I threw in some variety with leading over ground poles, showing him where my boundary was, and helping him to be comfortable in his own space.  Of course, I was telling him what a good boy he is!

Ahhhhh. . . . .
Ahhhhh. . . . .

We finished up with some grooming and Tellington Touch.  And a nice flake of hay for dinner!

What are some of your favorite moves for play time?  ‘

I’d love to know!

Terri

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Terri Hughes

I live, work, and play in Spokane, Washington with my daughter, and a variety of four-leggeds, all of which you will meet in the published articles! I am a student of natural horsemanship. A lifelong love of horses has led me to backcountry riding and camping, lessonwork in reining and dressage, previously experiencing endurance riding and gaming. I'm always learning from my horses!

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