This week was off to a great start, which included more firsts.
Again I am very proud of this beautiful boy and of how far he has come.
I am enjoying each step we take together. Of course it isn’t always steps forward. At times it feels like steps sideways or even backwards and sometimes you feel that you aren’t taking any steps at all. But lately it feels that we are mostly heading the directions I had hoped.
Unfortunately the week ended with me being limited to a non horse related hand injury that will hopefully ease up over the next few days. But clever Kingston has been enjoying a good sized paddock lately and when I call, he and my lovely pony come cantering up. It’s very cute to see.
Here he is nice and relaxed whilst being long reined.
Looking forward to next week.
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So we are nearing the end of week 5. Looking back I see that it was mostly a reminder week. Concentrating on strengthening what Kingston has already learnt to understand and accept.
He enjoys watching my sons run around playing, jumping, giggling and throwing things. He isn’t too bothered by them.
He is very good with his rug getting put and taking it off.
He has worn a bridle a couple of times now and taken it is his stride.
He has worn a couple of different saddles this week and is fairly comfortable with them.
He is very relaxed when doing some of our obstacles and follows me quite well on a lead in most situations.
He has learnt that he likes carrots.
We have been walking over a tarp on the ground and he is getting used to me handling both sides all over and both of his front legs.
He is allowing me small touches on his hind legs.
He has met both of my boys now and as you can see in this photo he let my eldest son spend a little supervised time with him.
My son was so proud of Kingston and has really enjoyed watching some of my sessions with him, therefore he has seen how far he has come. Looking forward to next week...
Kind Regards Tatiana and Kingston
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Kingston and I have had an amazing week. I had a feeling last week that things were going to take off in a good way and I was spot on.
I am so very proud of this beautiful sweet and cheeky boy.
This has been a very big week full of many firsts.
...Put on his First Halter
...Finally got my First touches of his near side
...Took him around, through and over his First obstacles
...let others have their First touches
...began the First part of our leg handling
...met and wore his First rug
And just today he calmly accepted meeting and wearing his very First saddle!
I am amazed at his increase in trust towards me and my movements and my requests.
I am loving the time I spend with him and getting to watch his courage grow.
It is wonderful getting to be on this lovely journey with him.
I am looking forward to what next week brings us and what he may possibly amaze me with next.
He is very gentle and sweet and very smart, he constantly reminds me of these beautiful qualities of his.
This weeks photo was hard to pic as there have been so many.
Here he is relaxing on the new bridge...
This week things are now feeling as though they are slowly coming together.
Currently I am sitting on a chair in his area while he plays with his water, he loves it.
We have been spending some time together each day, not as much as I would like as I have other horses to work and animals and kids to care for, but it is working for us.
He is getting more comfortable with me being around and me approaching him.
He is convinced that I can not be on his near side, which is making things interesting as I am having to retrain myself too.
But this week he is finally letting me see and even approach part way to him on his near side but only allowing me to touch his off side.
He eats from my hands and nudges my outstretched hand.
He likes to follow me around slowly and if I stop in front of him he enjoys nibbling on my clothing.
He is still such a character and is now massaging my back with his top lip, which is too cute.
Looking forward to what next week may bring.
Todays picture shows us relaxing together while watching my son ride around on his pony.
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So this week has been about persistence and patience. Kingston of course is reminding me of the importance of the use of these in all our training sessions. Most days this week of I have just continued to do the same things. He is getting a little more confident as time goes on.
Kingston is still very cheeky, very curious and interested in seeing what is going on in and around his part of the world. He yells out for breakfast and dinner as soon as he spots me.
He kisses my horses over the top of his yard fence and has coped very well with our busy goings on.
Here he is checking out a bag and then going back to licking his empty feed bin.
So here we are at nearly the end of week one.
I am so full of admiration for this gorgeous boy. VBA Kingston has been a pleasure to have at my property. He has already decided that everything going on outside the safety of his yard is not scary. It’s been a big week of watching for Kingston... many kids around for my holiday programs, some building of more shelters nearby, horses coming and going, etc.
I love how curious he is.
This photo shows some of his cheeky and curious side. I started using a lunge whip as an extension of my arm to give him a nice scratch on his rump and back.
He was so un bothered by this that he picked up the end and chewed on it whilst I continued. He is already used to me chuckling at his cute behaviours.
He has a lovely soft healthy coat and is learning accept me approaching and giving a firm rub on his rump. He even chewed on the back of my jumper yesterday.
I’m definitely enjoying this journey and I am really looking forward to seeing what other lovely personalities come out along the way.
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