It was a cold and wet day at the ranch. Some of the peaks around the valley were getting some snow, while everywhere else got some rain. Everyone was bundled up today and while the humans slowed down a bit, it didn't stop the horses from having some fun.
As you can see, Iceman doesn't discriminate with his play mates. Big or small, he loves them all! Today, he and Mojo had so much fun running all over the turn out. It was really cute to see them get along so well, and of course to see little Mojo's legs move so fast! :)
Iceman has had a busy few weeks. Lots of play, but also lots of work. Today, Eric tacked Iceman up and hopped in the saddle briefly. Iceman stands perfectly still while being tacked, and doesn't need to be tied. He also stands still for you as you mount. Iceman would take a few steps then Eric would hop off. He is still a bit unsure of himself, so if we keep taking baby steps we should be seeing some awesome results shortly. A big thank you goes out to Megan, Sharil, Dave, and Eric for all of their help!
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Iceman has had a great few days. Sharil has been working with him, and they have spent the majority of the last two days together. Sharil has a beautiful paint named Cochise, who is very similiar to Iceman. Cochise was found wandering the streets of Northwest Las Vegas years ago before eventually being rescued by Shiloh Horse Rescue. Sharil adopted him and he was very timid, spooky, and completely untrusting. Sharil had to basically start from scratch, learning trust and developing their relationship. Needless to say, they are now a perfect match. Iceman has been off the range for a few years now, but still never really lets his guard down. He has come a very long way though, as most of you already know, especially for being an estimated 7 years old when he was gathered.
At any rate, Sharil and Iceman make a great pair, and they seem to have a great understanding. Over the last few days, they focused primarily on desensitizing, which is something Joe Weitekamp worked very hard with Iceman on. He was also pampered, as Sharil broke out her grooming kit and cleaned Iceman right up (as much as you can with a light horse who has been in some mud). You could probably even smell him from miles away! He was also tacked up and worked a bit under saddle. He stands perfectly still as you get him ready, so now we will slowly but surely be picking up where Joe left off.
Iceman spent most of the day with Eric in the Round Pen and the two them got alot of work done. They spent the early morning together walking all over the property and then finished off the day working with various obstacles like hoola hoops, tarps, mats, bags, and cones. It was a very nice day for Iceman. :)
Iceman had an awesome day today and is still re-adjusting to his surroundings. He had a great time spending most of the day in one of our sandy turnouts. He ran all over, rolled, and played hard with a few of the board horses. He was kicking and bucking and really cutting loose, and it proved for some great entertainment for everyone around. Iceman is such a beautiful and unique Mustang, and is always a pleasure to watch.
Just wanted to take a quick moment and welcome Iceman back to the ranch. As you all know, he has been at Joe Weitekamp's place for a few months for some professional training and just returned last night.
Eric was able to greet him this morning for a warm welcome back and Iceman seems to be settling in to his "new again" environment very well. We are all very excited to have him back to our ranch and see his progress first hand. More to come soon!