Luna is at her new home now. I am glad I was able to drop her off, it gave me a chance to see where she would be living. It's a really nice place, with very large pastures. I think she will like it, though I am sure she will miss her friends. I wonder if I am humanizing her too much... but I really believe that horses make bonds with other horses that can last a lifetime. I also believe that even after years of being apart a horse will recognize a herd mate. What do you think?
Anyway, before I dropped Luna off I went to roping practice again with Risk. I was able to take her on Tuesday night, too. She's not a rope horse yet, she's still learning, and Tuesday she was still afraid to get up behind the steer in the position she needs to be in order for me to throw my rope... so... today I decided to wear spurs. Well, I have worn spurs on her in the past, but apparently I didn't use them the way I did today, because she got to bucking when I asked her to move up behind the steer. I stayed on her longer than I would have stayed on Remington... but she did get me off. So, I tossed my rope aside and hopped back on... she'll learn to deal with these spurs I told myself. So, I asked again the same way for her to move forward and she got to bucking again, but I was able to hang on this time... though it wasn't pretty. We worked things out and in the end she realized that spurs are not a cue to buck... My trainer tells me that if a horse can tolerate a saddle on his back, then he can tolerate a spur to the belly, and I'd have to agree with him. I know many people think spurs are cruel, and I may have thought that once as well, but just like any other training aid we use, in the right hands (or should I say heels?) they are an excellent aid. The last run I took on Risk was perfect, she broke from the box like a bullet and when my header ducked off to the left she fell right in line behind the steer and set me up for a perfect throw, I was able to catch both heels. This time, she knew what I wanted, and I didn't even have to use my spurs.