Sunday, September 4, 2011

real progress

The lawn is covered in leaves, and the king maple out front of the farmhouse is starting to turn orange and red. It's still humid out there, and weird to be hot and bothered among all those signs of fall everywhere. All around this farm, things are changing. Jasper let me slip his halter right over his head yesterday for the first time, and the walk out to the pasture from his paddock went smoothly. This morning I called him from the farthest reaches of the pasture and he came to me, and let me snap his lead rope on him, and we went for a walk down the mountain on the road, even jogging together for a while. I walked him back to the paddock (rain all day today) for some grain and breakfast. He walked right in. This might sound simple, or even boring to some of you, but this is progress for both of us. Acceptance of each of our roles. Being new to horses (new to everything, really) I am still learning how to work with what I hope will become my second vehicle. I used to have these goals of hopping on his back and riding bareback into the sunset up the pasture, or throwing on harness and taking a quick trip into town, but we aren't there yet. Right now we are learning manners, and our names, and who is in charge, and expectations.

It is slow progress, but real.

17 Comments:

Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Jenna,slow and steady progress you are doing very well. I also feel the change of seasons but I do not like the shortening of the daylight.

September 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Jenna. You are making great progress! Your achievements are not boring at all but the beginnings of the foundation of your relationship with Jasper. That he comes to you so soon after you got him is great.

My horse,well, let's say I rescued him from the rescuer. He came out of the kill pen at an auction and was bought by a well intentioned woman who fed him sheep food for 18 months and pretty much let him run free without much human interaction. When he arrived here, he was a little wild. It took 2 hours the first day to get a halter on him. I have since discovered scars on him from "rough treatment" . It took a good 6 months or more for him to willingly come to me. Once he gained enough trust to come to me, progress has been made in leaps and bounds. As Jasper is already willingly coming to you; you are about to see loads of progress with him-sometimes daily. Great job!
Lisa in Maine

September 4, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Jen (emsun.org) said...

That tree sounds gorgeous. I love when our maples turn colors.

Good job with Jasper; I hope things continue to progress for you both!

September 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger aerogramme said...

I am sure that this is old news for you but there is a forum for draft animals that I follow, a lot of the people there are from new England with a bunch of them (creator of the forum included) being from Vermont

http://www.draftanimalpower.com/content.php

Have a good Sunday, once again I will be artwork on a holiday .... Times to find a new job with better hours and schedule

September 4, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

that is news to me!

haven't heard from you in a while, how are you Aero?

September 4, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Boring? No. Simple? Definitely not! I can't manage to get my 2 Jack Russell Chihuahuas to put their collars on and walk nice, let a lone a large equine...You go girl!

I can only imagine how beautiful your maple tree is. Sugar maple is my absolute favorite tree. We're lucky enough to have a few here in Western Kentucky, but their colors just aren't quite as brilliant as the ones up north.

Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

Blessing,
Debi

September 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Awesome!

September 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger bree said...

Hi Jenna,
I was introduced to you by Jon Katz when he wrote about you and your blog. I have been reading ever since. In fact, I have gone back to the beginning and am now up to November 2010. I find your story fascinating and enjoy your writing so much. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You inspire people everywhere, I think especially women of all ages. To read about everything that you have done makes me think that I can do almost anything I choose to do. I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday weekend. Peace and joy.

September 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'll post photos of the tree!

September 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Slow progress is often the best kind. The lessons "stick" in the memory better.

September 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

That's great progress!

The retired draft that is in my profile picture will come to me whenever I call, however if I have a piece of tack in my hand, she stops just out of arm's reach. If I take step closer she takes a step further. She will only let me catch her if her pasture buddy is outside the pasture, then she knows something good will come of being caught.

Bree you should get a copy of Barnheart, it's a good read.

September 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm looking forward to the tree photos!

I also have been confused by the fall/summer weather (fummer? Sall?) Trees changing colors, cold overnight, 80 and horribly humid come noon. Horribly humid, and I'm from the beach, so I don't even notice it much, much less complain about it.

Reading your progress with Jasper is neat. When we're new to everything, every bit of progress is something to celebrate, because it's all wonderful.

September 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger aerogramme said...

Hi Jenna,

I hope that your Sunday afternoon have been productive and that this new forum gave you some good reading. I do not post much there maybe 10 post so far but there is a lot of knowledge available and knowledgeable teamster ready to help. I am sure one of them is close enough to you that you could drive to his homestead a learn from him.

On my end, I have applied to myself one of your recent post and slowed down during the last two year. No more market garden for me, I could not commit the time needed to get things going. I know rent my deer proof growing area to two nice women that have been pretty good at growing stuf. As I could not stop it all I have converted my farm to raise more animal, 50 droppers ewes out there with a couple goats as week for brush control and milk. And as far as going to the farmers market, I still do sell their under wild bounty farm, mushrooms, blackberries and other wild edible, much less work on my end, a lot of nice walk in the wild and still some revenue from it.

By the way here is another forum I go to. I am far away from the religious and political view of must of the forum members but in the animal section, there is a lot of knowledge available : homesteadingtoday.com

September 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

Good Work.

September 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Ah, bree....

Thank you!

September 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

That's huge! Congrats to you both!

September 4, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Hughes ap Williams said...

So, who exactly is in charge...you or Jasper?

September 5, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

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