It was a morning filled with anticipation as I sipped my coffee and scratched two new bites. True, I was gone longer this time, so the bugs may have set up permanent homes. I took two baby Benadryl yesterday, hoping to stop the agony.
As soon as my coffee was gone, I attacked the bedroom with a vengeance. I took both mattresses off the bed and sprayed everything, including the drapes. It supposedly lasts 12 months, so hopefully I'll be good for awhile. Then I sprayed around the edges and everywhere I was sure Cooper would not walk.
I probably could have slept in the second bedroom, but instead Cooper and I spent the night on the couch. Oh my aching back. Sometimes my ideas are really bad. This morning however ... the light bulb went on. I have some OFF spray in the cupboard. I'm taking a shower in it tonight and hoping for a good nights sleep.
And then it was time. I imagine no one has done any colt training, so I'll give you a little 101. Catch the colt any way you can and start by finding his "oh I love that scratch" spot. Do a lot of rubbing all over before teaching him to give to the halter. You pull, he comes. Next up get them used to the blanket and saddle, running them around in a round pen to sort of get the buck out.
This process may take a week or more. These guys did it in 90 minutes and were riding the colts after 30. The second day they spent most of their 90 minutes getting the colts to go over tarps on the ground and over poles. On this day they had 20 minutes to saddle and ride in the round pen before heading out. Every horse is different and every trainer does it differently.
The second trainer also had a difficult horse. I think she was from New Zealand and rode English. She had the gift of knowing when to back off with this horse, and was one of only 3 to go over the tarp.