Its been several weeks since the last time I have posted about her. Reagan is now 8 months old and weighed 492 lbs on October 16, 2017. We also have been able to obtain a height stick and she’s been at 12.1 hands.
The more time I have had with Reagan, the more I can see her personality. She is smart, gentle, bratty, sweet, and so much more. When put with others she always tries to be social. She loves going up to other horses and saying hello. We've now come to a better understanding of respect between the two of us so it doesn't feel like she's trying to run me over and I am not always nagging at her. I've been told she can be a little snot when it comes to feeding time though. She also tolerates me when I'm doing things around her. When brushing her mane and tail, she puts her ears back but doesn't fuss more than that. Even though we have not been working on desensitizing in a while, I can pick up where I left off and she still does well.
We have changed her workout routine so she gets out of the stall 5 days a week. When we did this, we noticed a decrease in her weight. She had lost a total of 10 lbs in 1 week. After, as a class we calculated the average amount of feed the weanlings should be getting and since increased the feed to that amount.
Recently we’ve noticed that the weanlings have been dragging their feet to and from workouts. Collectively, we brought it to the attention of our teacher. We suggested to have a day just to let them run and play and be babies. Finally he agreed so every other day we switch off between different groups of which babies get to play and which ones get to work.
For us it is fun to watch them play. They will run as a group make a hard stop and run to the other corner. We’ve also enjoyed that since we’ve worked with them enough, that after playing they still listen to us and lead nicely when getting put back.
Reagan has made huge progress when leading. She doesn’t try to run circles around me or try to take off. She’s quiet and walks nicely beside me. She’s also been really nice to catch. As soon as I open the stall door she’s waiting right there and doesn’t move until I ask her to come out of the stall.
Until next time!