I worked Rev a little yesterday. More mental than physical. His breeding season is coming to a close and today he helped me water my garden and other plants. This may sound insane but he had to do it with my hubby’s mare following us around(she lives in the yard and mows it). We also watered the plants down the fenceline of the other mare field. The mare field with the Faar filly in it. She is an enormous hussy and in lerv with my poor Rev. The point of this activity is to practice standing around bored and patient while ignoring other horses. He also is allowed to eat while I do this, as long as he doesn’t pull on me or use it as an excuse to get close to other horses. I feel like these are prime skills to have.
During breeding season he gets to do a lot of… well… yanno… breeding and collecting lol. I did this exercise to make sure he was still well in hand for ride camp and crowded vet checks. I don’t tolerate talking unless he is allowed to do so. I have a very specific set of signals that lets him know that he is allowed to talk. I set him up to face the teasing wall/area/ mare extend my arm and step back and allow him to move forward to the mare. I was checking to make sure he wasn’t having any confusion. I only had to get after him twice and it was over some very light whuffling because Skye came up behind him and stood with her head in his flank. Then Faar started calling to him and he sort of arched his neck and whuffled a little. After I got after him those two times he remembered what the rules are and then we finished watering. He proceeded to fall asleep in his boredom. Tomorrow I will take pictures. I fail at pictures so hard. I focus on what I’m doing and then afterward I’m all like “I should have taken pictures…”. The struggle is real y’all.
I may work him again this evening after supper. It just depends on the time. My husband did get to ride his horse, though.