Another thing we have been working on is hobbling. I had tried it a long time ago and it just freaked me out a little. Boomer was still so reactive that I was afraid he would take the round pen down! So, I hobbled him yesterday in the round pen and he was pretty much fine. Today, I hobbled him in an empty paddock that is very grassy. He was fine as he grazed along, but when he stepped forward, he pulled to the end of the hobble, slammed his hoof down, then picked his other foot up right away- responding to the pull from his first foot. This creates a vicious cycle until he hops up with both legs and slams them down next to each other. He also figured out how to canter with them on. He was mildly freaked out, but as long as he was close to grass, he was fine. I left him in them for about 30 minutes today. I like that he moves around, I want him to learn to move and respect his boundaries with hobbles on. I also like that he stayed still and just shifted his back legs around to get new grass. I like that he was calm and knew to stay still and that he could still graze. So, overall, I think hobbling is going well.
I have cleaned out my tack shed and am working on figuring out what to keep at home and what to take with me to the new barn's shared tack room. I hate not having a locker. I want my saddle locked up, but I really hate having to pack it around in my car. I guess I'll just get over it. I'm thinking I'll take my saddle stand, saddle, first aid kit, groom box, bridle, halter, and feeding items. Anything else can stay in the trailer or at home. I ordered a hood on sale from Schneider's for the zero degree winters. I also ordered a name plate for his halter and bridle. I am going to have his blanket, hood, and cooler all embroidered with his name before we leave. I know it is unlikely, but I would really like to prevent any of my stuff from being 'borrowed'.
Countdown: 19 days (really, less than three weeks already?)