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post #131 of 195 Old 04-06-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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I've certainly been blessed with good horses for those moments where my brain fails me! Takala got out of the fence a few days ago, right through the gate - which is made out of rope that isn't hot. My father came in the house and told me, and she was just sniffing noses with the other horses and grazing just outside of their reach. Tenakee was just calmly standing and staring at her, as her usual regime. (Which I figured that big mare would tear down the fence and wrangle her foal, but even the first time Takala got away she just whinnied a bit.) Takala is loves people and getting attention, but she isn't the best at letting other people approach her. I'm not sure if it is just the way that they do it, or she is just most comfortable with me, but my dad didn't want her to go running down the driveway so he let me handle it. I was a tad cautious, as well, and went between her and the road, (which is at the end of our long driveway, and we were no where near the road,) and I grabbed her by the halter and led her back into the pen. No trouble at all! Reminds me of my Appy gelding, who - when we didn't have all the other horses - would get out and all you needed to do was call him and point back into the pen and he'd come a runnin' back in.

Yesterday, Takala was 'officially' two months old! (This is the beginning of her third month, so I'm not sure if I'd consider her two or three.) Her face has shed out considerably each day, and despite her very light color and grey eyes, she looks to be darkening into a chestnut. The day before yesterday, Tenakee got a bath due to the 50 degree weather, and she minded pretty well. And back to yesterday, I went to her stall and started grooming her quite a bit, and then something possessed me to grab her saddle. The saddle was under too much stuff, so instead I grabbed a bareback pad, and put it on her. I got her bridle on, and got up and, with helmet fastened to my head, to pony Takala out to the pasture. It went well considering Takala didn't think I had any power over her while I was riding, and Tenakee had no idea how to neck rein, but she knew the path and stuck to it so I spent most of my time controlling the 'little' one.

It certainly was interesting, to say the least. Tenakee doesn't really get arenas, or walking in a straight line. She gives me a few steps and stops, so we worked with that. Once Takala is weaned I plan to work better with her lunging and responsiveness. I think Tenakee was probably a good trail horse, but never had much arena work with her. The only trouble she gave me was a mock-spook where she stopped and slid and turned. She has so much mane hair that I just grabbed onto a chunk and my butt moved maybe an inch forward. She was kind of surprised when I was still hanging on, but was good for the rest of the time. In the meantime Takala was running like her tail was on fire! She circled around, kicked, reared, and several other unnamed maneuvers. She wasn't still being ponied, so I only got to correct her when she was in range. A few times she decided to rear up onto mom, which she got a bunk on the head, then galloped off. Then kicking real close, which was a huge no-no. I no more than poked her with my boot and she wheeled off, and that was that. Tenakee kept her head even with baby running around, so props to her. And I kept my seat, so hopefully I get some brownie points, too.

And for all this I only have two pictures of the aftermath. Sorry! I'll have to hire a photographer to capture my daily conquests as I am usually (*always) the one working with the horses.
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post #132 of 195 Old 04-06-2013, 12:27 PM
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Awee that's great!! They learn the best when they are following mom and taking it all in:) I can't wait to get Annie and the baby into our outdoor arena and start doing simple groundwork...we have the big jolly balls, tarps and even a wading pool...the horses love to play in there in the nice weather...and the jumps are great for free lunging too!!! I try to take each of them out at least 3 times a week for short periods to work on ground work...on top of serious rides with our coach who comes twice weekly in the good weather...Annie is still very green...so it will be nice to get her going again...she will only be turning 4 june 14th....so lots of time
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post #133 of 195 Old 04-07-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure how broke Tenakee ever was, but she seems to know not to buck someone off and that is enough for me to work with. I'd say Tenakee isn't green, but rusty. Tenakee is a whole 18/19 years old, so I'm bringing her back into work after being off for a few years. With a trainer coming sounds like Annie won't have much of a problem starting her job again.

Here is a pic from yesterday of the little booger. She is exactly as evil as she looks in this picture! They had to stay in the stall most of the day because the weather was disgusting. We got snow overnight, then rain the rest of the day. Takala was pretty antsy, and I've found out her new hobby when she has to stay in the stall is eat mom's mane. I plan on making as many toys as I can for her, but any suggestions would be great. I'm thinking milk jugs with rocks in them hanging up, and I already have a jolly ball with a handle hung up, and one on the ground. Their stall is big enough that she could run around a little, about the size of 3.5 normal stalls. The door to the outside run is frozen shut, and I carried buckets over full of hot water for a good while trying to get them open. It worked a little, but not enough.

Even with lots of preparations, sometimes everything can go to crap anyway.

*Note, that rope is just to prevent her from walking through the gate, and it deters her aside from peeping her head through to say hi or chew on the brushes/halters we have hanging next to them.
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post #134 of 195 Old 04-07-2013, 12:25 PM
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Ha, that's an awesome picture. Both her and Tenakee are looking good. And I'm sorry to hear about your weather. We're experiencing the same thing here in Alberta - freezing rain and snow. It's a disgusting sloppy mess everywhere.

I don't have any toy suggestions, but your milk jug idea with the jolly balls sounds ok.
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post #135 of 195 Old 04-07-2013, 07:11 PM
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LOL I see the rope idea worked...bahahaha...awe...I know its hard for them to have to spend so much time inside when they would much rather be wandering around outside....the weather is such a downer...this is by far the worst winter we have had in a long time...I can't wait until its warm daily and they can play all they want!! Your toy ideas sound great:) The hanging ones always keep them busy...I know they sell quite well in my store...especially if there's treats involved!!! Is there somewhere inside you can walk them back and forth and maybe stand for a bit of grooming? Anything at all to make them think about something else will help:)
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post #136 of 195 Old 04-07-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the door open! Now they can go back and fourth through their stall and into their outdoor run. I will save the pastures for when it is a bit drier, and the best weather. For now they are doing good in their little sacrifice area, and Tenakee is much more at ease when she has constant water available to her. They are very happy to stand out in the sun, and they get the best of it early in the morning, especially where the lot is located. And this fence has its own electricity hooked up to it. I also got a couple of milk jugs and puts some rocks in them, then hung them up near the gate. She just loves them! And with the extra running area I think they should be good.
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post #137 of 195 Old 04-10-2013, 03:19 AM
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Eeeeeeee!! CUTE! And what an arse! <3

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post #138 of 195 Old 04-13-2013, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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As per my usual fashion, here are photos from yesterday. The farrier came two days ago, and I feel so much better now that Tenakee finally got her feet done. (Due to her being very uncomfortable standing during her pregnancy, especially in the later months we didn't have her trimmed, also with the mystery around her due date.) Takala didn't get her feet trimmed, but the farrier got a look at her and said he'd trim her next time around. Which means lots of practice with standing and getting her feet handled. (I usually do at least once a week, but I'll certainly step it up now.)

Also we've had nothing but snow, sleet, and rain! Our weather has been truly disgusting, and since it isn't very cold out everything just melts and floods. We had to move our other five horses into part of the barn and off of their pasture. Since we don't have lots of stalls at our disposal, we used panels that our neighbors borrowed us and made a pen on the concrete. It once was an area where our pregnant cows were when we had the dairy farm, so they have stayed nice and dry. (Except our oldest mare who ALWAYS stands outside.) They have a hay bale and another automatic water that they've already figured out, and nice plush straw on one half. Our other Curly mare, Scarlet, made herself comfortable in the thick straw. But the straw was of course an invitation for our Paint mare to use it as a bathroom. But considering they would be laying in a pile of manure out in their pasture, it is still quite the upgrade.

EDIT; Well those pictures turned out teeny! Oops.
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I love your horses! Lovely little tanks!

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She's soooo cuuutte.
I figure if I add a bunch of extra vowels you'll really get the point...that I'm an idiot! LOL
Seriously, she is the most adorable thing ever! I am so envious of you right now.
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