On Friday, in addition to our daily walk, I thought it was time to introduce something new to Reason’s realm. Ok, it’s not like he’s never been saddled, it’s not like he’s ever been ridden. I mean we aren’t exactly dealing with an unbroke horse here! But… Like I’ve said before, making sure he’s comfortable, solidifying the basics, is so important. For all I know, Reason could have greatly dis-liked being saddled. I highly doubted that I’d get any other reaction that what I did, but you never know. He had no reservations about the saddling process.
First, I rubbed the saddle pad over his entire body, including his head towards the end. Unfazed, yay! Then, I making dragging it off and flopping it onto his back. No reaction. Then, I placed the saddle up there. Still nothing. And finally, girthed him up without any reaction. No tail swishing, no un-sure looks etc.
Next, I lowered the stirrups pretty considerably so they touched his sides and walked him around like that. Again, no reaction.
After that, I removed the saddle, gave him treats and we ventured out for our daily short, grazing, walk. He was a very good boy.
I’m going to start taking Reason to the wash-rack and maybe, since the weather is nice, consider the beginning of the bathing process. Depending of course on how he is.