The honeymoon used up most of my vacation time, but I set aside two days to travel back to Oregon for a public demonstration put on by Leslie Desmond. She is an extraordinary trainer and I use her training philosophies with my horses. She emphasizes using a feel and release approach instead of pressure and release. It’s hard to describe in words the difference between the two. One really has to see her in action to fully understand it in my opinion. She co-authored the book True Horsemanship Through Feel with horseman Bill Dorrance, which I am using to guide me through training the girls. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves horses, even if they aren’t training them.
In between vacations and moving forward into the winter, I’ve been able to get a couple much needed little projects done. My dad and I spent one weekend putting in a new porch and over hang on the hay shed after the pony’s last break-in. We actually had a lot of fun re-building it. :) We also made me a stand for filling my hay nets which makes feeding time much faster and less messy for me. This weekend’s project is going to be putting chicken wire mesh all around the panels and siding of the hay shed so the ponies can’t stick their necks in-between the panel bars or pull off the wood siding when they get bored. I’ve been trying to make a habit of completing little projects like this every weekend. Even though they are small projects, it all adds up and a person could really get a lot done this way. :) Plus it makes good daddy-daughter time, which, I’m very thankful for :)