Our colts are happy, the grass is really starting to flourish up here. Which takes a bit longer at this altitude anyhow, and the rains are coming. There is very little that could make it any better. I had my mares on a good summer lease, but lost it due to a silly paperwork issue, so i am still on the hunt for somewhere to stick some of them until fall.
The rest of the herd is doing well, i have a few prospects that i have been working on and will be posting for sale shortly. I am really excited about one of the coming three year old fillies. She has shown so much promise and will make someone a terrific saddle horse. Starting young horses is a special talent and i have known very few "trainers" that can come out the other side with a nice, gentle and handy colt. Alot of people think that they have what it takes to gentle and ride a colt when in fact all they are doing is teaching what not to do and how to get people away from them. We need to make horses our friends and companions, would you beat your friend over the head with a rope?
I try to instill trust in all of my foals as soon as i can get hands on them, it does wonders for when you go to start working with them and eventually ride them. If the horse has know good people since birth, then they will think nothing less of people unless they are shown otherwise. Same can be said really about any age horse. If you show them only the good in you, then they will only know that. At the same time i think that they should know that this is on me to gain trust, it must go two ways and is a give an take kind of thing.
At any rate, the foals that i raise are all raised with the beginnings of that partnership that they will learn as they grow. No matter if they were born here or brought here, every horse here has an understanding that they are safe, loved and trusted. To me that is the most important thing that you can give horses.