Aug. 7, 2015

Arrow's 1st few days....

It has been a very active past few days for Arrow.  He arrived late afternoon on Sunday.  I spent about 15 minutes walking him around the farm.  We went to Lake’s pasture where I introduced him to Flirtini.  Then I took him to where I normally tie to tack and groom so he could become familiar with it.  Chloe and I walked him down to one of the gelding pastures.  It is huge and including Arrow there are only 3 horses.  The neighboring pastures have horses and Arrow likes to talk to them too.  His pasture mates are Attache (Suit Case) and Toby.  We put him in and they all started checking each other out immediately.  It was hilarious to watch.  Lots of high squeeling!  They were letting Arrow know how things worked around there. 😉  The horses had just been fed and Arrow had no trouble finding a flake to munch on and some water to drink.  I watched him for awhile and then left for the evening.  The next morning I went back at 9:00am.  I took him from the pasture and up to the barn to groom him.  Another difference between Lake and Arrow, she wasn’t a huge fan of grooming.  He loves it!  We did discover that he has an aversion to fly spray bottles so I worked with him for a few minutes on trying to desensitize him.  I managed to get him to allow me to spray his front legs.  When we moved to the back legs it was like starting all over so we ended there. Afterwards we walked through the arena, down the paths between all of the pastures (meeting horses on the way) and then I put his fly mask on him and turned him back out in his pasture.  I put his mask on in the morning and take it back off at night to give him a break from it.  Monday night Ty, Joe and I hung out with him in the pasture for about an hour.  On Tuesday Dr. Huth checked him over and gave him an all clear.  He is a little stiff but that is because he was enjoying doing nothing in a pasture for several months and is now training again.  We would be the same way.  Wednesday morning I groomed him and then Ty and I walked him around the farm and arena again.  This time Tyler walked him.  Arrow has had an impact on her and that will be a post in itself.🙂   That day Chloe rode him and he did well except he seemed to be having some issues with the bit most likely due to his teeth needing to be floated.  On Thursday he did have his teeth floated and his sheath cleaned.  Both were done by Dr. Huth.  That evening we went and hung out with him again.  He really is a lot of fun just to be around.  When you 1st arrive to his pasture he will personally go and greet each human individually that is there.  It is the sweetest thing.❤   I found out that Arrow will sometimes literally follow everything you do.  I hope I can describe this well enough to make a reader visualize it.  Sunday, I walked Arrow down a path to the arena.  There are bushes along the fence.  In one area there was a pool of water from the sprinklers covering the whole path.  Along the left side was a very thin strip that was dry and I was wearing leather boots so I smooshed myself up along the bush and walked putting one foot in front of the other because it was so thin.  I realized that Arrow was doing exactly what I was doing behind me!  It looked like his was tiptoeing.  What made it even more amusing was that I went to show Tyler on Wednesday what he had done only this time it was dry so I was just planning on showing her what I did and figured Arrow would just walk on the dry path so I would describe it.  He slowed down, got behind me and did what I was doing again.  He is too precious.  I rode him today and that will be for my next post.  It didn’t go exactly as planned.🙃   The picture is of Arrow, Attache and Toby.