Good Morning, the coffee is just about ready. Would you like a cup? It’s been another great week here! How was your week? Are you enjoying spring weather? I’m not, not yet. It’s been very windy this week, a lot of rain, and even some hail storms. That might not sound like fun, but it’s been a really good week. I don’t like driving in bad weather. It makes me little nervous. Besides that I had lots of fun.
I’ve been playing with my horse Ghost in the indoor arena every day. The footing is sand, and when I play with him, I get a great workout myself. Ghost is very intelligent, sensitive, and athletic. Even thought he thrives on routine, he does get bored easily. I take it as a challenge to make things interesting. (This Viking girl likes challenges!) Just like humans, horses have different personalities. Ghost is not the least bit dominant, he has a lot of flight instinct, but nothing aggressive in him. Lots of people prefer to not ride, even indoors, when it’s really windy. A bad storm makes many horses jumpy. (Read – they can’t hear the mountain lion coming to eat them, so they have to be on their toes all the time.) The easiest way to exercise a horse, without riding it, or put it out to pasture (can also be dangerous on the most windy days, tree branches falling, debris flying around etc.) is to let it run in circles around you. It’s relatively easy to make most horses run, they are prey animals.
With a quick and sensitive horse like Ghost, you can’t just drive him away, and let him run, run, run. He would take it as a personal offense, that you don’t want him to be on your team. A horse like him would soon be scared to approach you. (Some dominant horses benefit greatly from being sent away from you, time after time.) I do send him away, and let him run, but I invented a game where I alternate between sending him away, calling him back, and sometimes let him run behind me (I wouldn’t do this with any horse, but he is very aware of exactly where I am, even at a gallop.) We had lots of fun with this game this week. He is so smart, and figured it out in no time what it is I wanted. We had some good music playing in the speakers, and we both got a great exercise. To make it more interesting I added exciting stuff in the middle of it (stepping sideways/backing up/jumps/obstacles/standing still/running at top speed,) I tried to do it all with rhythm, almost like a dance. I also did some jumping jacks, Ghost often spooks when there’s sudden movements, I thought that would be beneficial for him. every now and then I climbed up on things around the edges of the arena, naturally he couldn’t climb up on things, but that placed him beneath me. It’s great for a young horse, that have never been ridden, to get used to humans moving around above them. I sometimes ask him to stand right next to me, when I’m standing on top of something (usually my truck, a fence, or a table) and then I gently put one of my legs over him, only putting a little bit of weight on him, while standing by myself. In the beginning it freaked him out. Now it doesn’t. I have a plan in my head of what I want to do with Ghost, but I try to think outside the box, and not strictly follow my plan, when the moment I’m in requires that I take a detour. Ghost is unlike any there horse I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Super sweet, but also super sensitive. We have been making some progress with his fear of ropes. That part is going slower than I would like, but he is making progress, and I am happy with that.
My daughter and I started this week with an Ocean Theme, that we started last week. She like to work in projects/themes. She usually pick the theme, and then I create our lessons around that theme. We do math, history, geography, hand writing, art, and everything else on the schedule that particular week, inside the theme. We finished the Ocean Theme on Thursday, and started a Bird Theme, (parrots in particular) yesterday. She is very interested in parrots, have always been. She’s been begging me to have one of her own for a couple years, but I have not given in on that one. They live for such a long time, and it’s tricky to have an animal that only can be indoors, when you’re an outdoor person, that likes to travel.. I did take her to a parrot house yesterday. She was in heaven, and said that it was the best day of her life. I’m definitely taking her back there. We came just as they open the doors, and we were the only people there. The parrots seem to enjoy visitors, and came up to you after a while.
The one sitting on my daughter’s head was very loud!
How is your coffee? I’m already on my second cup. I decided to have coffee before working my dog today, I usually do it the other way around, but despite having that second glass of wine with dinner yesterday, I woke up an hour earlier than usual (without setting an alarm.) I was planning on sleeping in. Time to challenge the rain, and get going! Feel free to take some coffee for the road, as you leave. This post is part of #WeekendCoffeeShare. You can bring the cup back next time you visit. Have an awesome day!