Prep

Apollo is back in the paddock, maybe until he emigrates. The rest of the herd— what’s left of it since yesterday, when Dash (Daisy), Ellie, and Nicholas were driven off for a few days of pasture: the mares Red and Midnight, and the big geldings, Apollo and...

Another beginning, another end

This month Apollo will go to Canada to start a new life. I worry by nature, but I think all will be well. Apollo might truly have an excellent life there. The woman into whose hands I will give his care says she is thrilled to have him come, and understands that he...

Four weeks

Two friends Went paddling on the regulating reservoir yesterday with some friends, and then went to see Apollo and say goodbye. He was as usual very calm, taking it for granted that what will happen will be good, and I hope he takes it for granted too that I will be...

Too sweet!

Yesterday I let Apollo decide whether or not he wanted to come to me— and he did! I stood at the gate, and he came over from all the way in the back. Tomorrow is his vet appointment with Dr. Tia. I will ask lots of questions, and I am eager to have someone who...

Gentle progress (s.o.p.)

I lunged Apollo in bit and halter again today (third time), and I have no pictures from the last two sessions because I was attending completely to what we are doing. Good! And I think I am learning how to make a connection with him through the long line. I practiced...

Next step

Apollo with his Level Three Myler bit, in the headstall made for him by Ron Zbinden, down Wylie He’s been wearing the bit in for a few minutes at a time, just walking around a little, but not working. Today for the first time I lunged him with the bit in. I was...