Maybe it’s not fear. Maybe it’s common sense!

I heard something VERY interesting on the radio the other morning about how the human brain doesn’t fully develop until age 25. Until that age, people have problems with impulse control and poor decision-making not because they weren’t raised right or whatever, but because their brain simply isn’t mature. So I started thinking about that in relationship to riding as I drove along…what if we’re all here wondering why we got chicken as we got older, when really all we did was develop better decision-making and that’s what keeps us from riding as fearlessly as we did at 21?

Certainly food for thought!

Anyway, the update here is that the VLC pulled his stifle. Probably did it playing in the mud – he does not see the presence of mud as any reason he shouldn’t gallop and slide stop and do rollbacks. So he is just taking it easy and I’m hoping he’s back to 100% to go to training in November but you all know it’d just be Murphy’s Law of Horses that he won’t be…

On a better note, the two training projects have made major progress. Both seemed to turn a corner into the land of cooperation quite suddenly. The lazy little paint filly has developed forward motion and barely requires any leg now! I’m so excited. She was always this amazingly smooth and sane ride, but she went through this “no I WON’T” stage which involved a lot of ear pinning and cow-kicking. Thanks to longeing and “ground support,” she caught on and is now just a joy to ride. She is heading back to Juliane’s in a week to begin her drill team career, and I am getting Lucy back on the same trip – an adorable black Thoroughbred mare with 4 socks and a blaze that was rescued from the Enumclaw sale this summer. Lucy is doing great and it sounds like she’s pretty much ready to adopt out, but I do want to work further on her headshyness issues. She appears to be totally convinced somebody is going to ear her down, even though that has certainly not happened since she left the auction yard!

The headshaking POA mare has calmed down considerably. She still plays with her head but she’s not rooting and having a fit, and the spooking and propping episodes seem to have been worked through. (Good thing. Propping ponies are hard on the ol’ back.). There’s another POA show toward the end of this month so I’m hoping we’ll get her to that and see how she does. Her owners and I had talked about hanging on to her and finishing her further but I think right now the decision has been made to sell, so if anybody wants a pretty darn fancy medium pony prospect, let me know! (put PONY in the subject line so I don’t miss it.) I am going to try to get some video soon. She really is a wonderful mover.

I have my next project all picked out, if Lucy gets adopted and I have room. A Thoroughbred breeder I know has this to-die-for gorgeous 17 hand broodmare for sale. She’s only ten so she’s plenty young enough to have a riding career, she’s a Northern Dancer granddaughter, clean legged and sweet and a whopping $300. So with any luck I will have space for her soon!

I’ll also be getting in another POA to work with. This one is very well broke but pushy on the ground and needs finishing under saddle. She is much more classic POA type than the other pony – this one is a big, substantial thing. She is going to be interesting as she has a truly problematic ground issue – being SO aggressive to other horses that she will actually go for one while you’re handling her. If we can fix that, she has the potential to be a terrific show pony – but the challenge is, how do you 100% fix that so that a kid will be able to handle her safely? How do you drill through the pony’s head that she’s just never, ever going to do that ever again? This should be an interesting challenge. She is a rescue and probably for that reason as I’m told she’s a bombproof machine to ride. I’m looking forward to her arrival and would also love to hear everybody’s bag of tricks for curing aggression toward other horses (both on the ground and under saddle – I don’t know if she’ll go for another horse mounted yet but I’m assuming she will).

So that’s the update here. How is everybody else doing? Horses sound or lame? Behaving or not?

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