Sent: Thursday, September 13,
Just a quick message to let you know how Finnegan
is doing. He is growing and filling out; He is over 16 hands now
and has become the family favorite pet. With a dog, two cats, two
birds and another horse that was no small feat. Even my grumpy old
thoroughbred loves him. They lay out together in the arena and take
sun baths together in the afternoon.
I have been mostly on my own with training this
summer. My trainer came over this week and could not believe all we
have accomplished so far. My farrier, and vet have both remarked
about how smart he is. We take long walks around the property and
we have been working at liberty in my small corral. So far "fin"
is trotting, stopping, changing direction and backing with voice
commands and cues from the longe whip. I only need to show him
once and he remembers. I have had a bridle on him (no problem) and
we worked with a saddle this week.