Zapa is an amazing 3 year old. His willingness, disposition, softness in the bosol, sensitivity, ALL are amazing qualities. He will cross water, walk on bridges, jump obstacles, and walk on a tarp. But he is still too spooky, especially with noise. His spookiness has gotten me on the ground twice in the last week. The first time I landed on my feet, but the second time I landed on my hip and hit my head (Yipee for helmets). He isn’t bucking or rearing, he just spins so quickly that I loose my seat, damn these little fast horses! This last time he was mortified to see me lying on the ground.
Cause #1 was a ‘partner’ flag, a flag on stick that Steve Rother uses. Cause #2 was a car door slamming outside of the arena in the dark. So, because I love this horse but I love my health more, I am going to get this horse desensitized. Today I made scary sticks.
I saw some dowels at Wal-Mart (I usually don’t shop there, but knew I could find flags there), and remembered this stick Bruce and Betty have that has bells and ribbons on it. I thought ah-ha, I can make my own versions. So instead of buying a very expensive flag, I bought some flag like fabric at $1.00 a yard (3 yards was plenty for a variety of sizes). I also bought some bells and some clearance plastic flowers. In all I spent $11.50. I had some eyelet screw and put those on the end of the dowels to tie stuff to, but next time I think I might try something different (not quite soft enough for attaching).
Anyway, I took my scary sticks down to the barn and started working on Zapa. He made progress with the flag. I tied some of the fabric to his hay rack and it hangs down into his grain bin. I also put some of the flowers in the hay rack (he doesn’t use the hay rack). Next on my list is to make a Scary CD. I wonder how many random sounds (not copyrighted of course) I can find on the internet. Like a good blogger, I’ll let you know!