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    05-22-2013, 08:32 PM
Nwah looking good!
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    05-24-2013, 10:23 AM
I suppose it is about time I give ya'll some pictures to look at. I've been visiting her just about every day, and I will pick out her hooves and give her a good brushing. A few days I even rasped her feet, and after that I was told the real farrier was coming so her feet look very nice now. She did such a good job! Stood better than most adult horses, actually. She certainly made me proud, and handling her from day one combined with her stellar personality has made this a very educational process for us both. It has been by no means easy, but it isn't impossible, either. It is like training any horse, with the added bonus of no one messing her up before I got to her.

As a side note, I finally have a tack room! My uncle so generously helped us put it together and it is absolutely wonderful. It is not quite finished on the outside, but we need to get the saw mill up and running before we can saw what we need for the siding. The top is closed, and strong enough where things can be stored on top of it, as well. It seems really big, now, but I'm sure we will manage to cram it so full it will hardly have walking room! But I am in heaven if I can take all my tack off the nails on the walls of my arena and organize it. But we are going to paint it, first, so we are at a standstill. Any color suggestions would be wonderful. We'll likely paint it some shade of off-white, but I'd like to go threw a few more ideas before I settle.

And last but not least I'd like to mention - puppies! We had a litter of eight little Corgis last Friday, I believe. We have another litter that was born a week before that, five puppies. Our living room is essentially a puppy stronghold. The momma in the picture, Katie, came from the same person we got our Curlies from. This was her first litter, and she did a super job!
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    05-24-2013, 04:22 PM
She is looking great!! What do you sell your pups for usually and are they papered? Also, where ya at?!? Lol, my friend has been looking for one for ages xD
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    05-27-2013, 11:17 PM
I have been visiting Takala daily, brushing her coat in attempt to get her shed out. I might attempt to give her a real bath one of these days and attempt to get a lot of it out. Her coat is still very thick, but sooo soft. There are very dark patches on her legs, so I am curious what color she's going to turn. I think her shoulder barring and possible leg barring will be very apparent when she decides to shed out.

But Tenakee is the star of the show, lately. I've been working on her ground driving some more. Today would be the third time I've ground drove her this year. The time before that was a few days ago, then a few weeks ago. This was her second time with the harness on her while ground driving, and first time in blinders. All I have to say is - what an amazing mare! Either I'm a great trainer, she's a great horse, or she had some training in the past. I'd hope maybe it is all three, but I know the last two must be true. She was an absolute doll today, straight lines, good turns and steady pace. The other horses were running around like crazies and whinnying and what have you, and she no more than stopped and looked at them if anything at all. She improved greatly from just driving her regular, which she was doing pretty good, and all I changed was put blinders on her. She had to of had training before, as none of the harness parts bothered her; including the crupper and the blinders. She seemed more comfortable with blinders on, but still paid attention to where she was going and what I was asking.

I hope to get her ready to pull a cart out in the field once they take first crop off. I have a tire with an eye-hook in it ready to pull around, and I'll slowly add different things like shafts and what have you until I feel she is ready. If she takes to it well, we'll practice out in the field and on our lanes next to the fields. If all goes well, she will be ready to hook up with our other mare, Scarlet, who has been in training for the past month with an Amish man who has done wonders with her. That might be a while yet, but hopefully they go together well. Both mares get along well, so we at least have half the battle covered.
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    05-28-2013, 07:14 AM
Woah! Big booty! They look awesome! And congrats on your pups!
    05-28-2013, 12:46 PM
Lookin good!!!!!!!!
    08-07-2013, 11:13 AM
Let's see, I haven't updated in a long while.

I got her home and she had her full body clip. For about a month she spent time by herself in a stall, and with pasture turnout for the day. I started working with "lunging", aka walking and sending, as well as trotting in hand.

Then, we went to our first show. Takala did very well, getting a first in her class and with no meltdown on the show grounds. Now loads in the trailer like a pro, and her and my gelding were buddied up for a while. I changed the arrangement for our fence, so they stay out on their paddocks 24/7 and have shelter + share a fence line with the other horses.

Earlier in the week I added Gypsy to their little herd, and they all got along well. Gypsy always showed a special interest in Takala, because she knew that she was a baby and just wanted to get near her. With two "parents" Takala certainly learned how to get along in a herd.

Then a few days ago I let them all down in pasture, including Moe, Gypsy, and Takala. Everyone got along well, it was rather uneventful. Last night everyone was even eating off the same hay bale! Such a proud moment for me, but no camera to witness it. Our grass hasn't been growing the best, so I am hoping for rain to spring that up a bit. Our pastures are just awful, so they've been getting their fair share of hay. And Takala has been getting her fair share of hay belly. I feel bad, as she sort of looks rough. I had her off grain when we were feeding really good hay, but now with what we are feeding I am going to go back to giving 6lbs a day. That is what I was feeding her before the show, and she still was ribby, so I'm not sure what I'm going to accomplish, but it is better to be feeding her more than less at this point.

She has definitely grown substantially since she was born, but I'm not sure how tall she is going to get. I was hoping for around 15 hands. Her dam is 15.1, and sire is a bit smaller. After I've been trail riding a bit though, I have come to realize that it might not be the worst thing have a little shorter horse. Even getting a harness on our Haflinger crosses is a pain, and they weren't gifted with any sort of height.

I also know that know she has her normal summer coat now, and the winter hair has shed away, so she looks pretty decent in that department. But I hogged her mane for the show, and that is needing to come back some. I'm thinking by spring it will be as long as it was. It has only been a few weeks and I've already noticed it growing!

And without further ado, here is our 7 month old, Takala Rose.
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    08-07-2013, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the update, I think I found the forum around the time she was born. All of your horses look great. Aren't we all suckers for pictures 😜
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    08-07-2013, 02:21 PM
Horray for updates! She's looking awesome! Congrats on the show
    08-23-2013, 03:00 AM
Any news? :)

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