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post #31 of 167 Old 07-31-2014, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's an optical illusion because she's actually quite dirty! The sun shining on her is just making the white look that much brighter. I also did give her a quick brush to try get the mud off. We've had so much rain and she looooves to roll and lay in the mud.

I'm starting to run out of ideas for things to do with her. She leads perfectly, picks up all 4 feet with no issue, seems to enjoy having them picked out, loves being groomed, including mane and tail combing, stands quietly while tied and yields to pressure in her hindquarters, sides and shoulders. I think this weekend, for fun, I'll see if she'll walk over a tarp, even if it's just one step on.
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post #32 of 167 Old 08-04-2014, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this was a big weekend for Elsa. She got a bath, started learning to trot in hand and wore a fly mask for the first time. Don't worry... I didn't do this all in one day . She bathed like a pro. She was a little skittish when we first started, but then settled in like she had been doing this forever, even over the more ticklish spots like her inner hind legs and around her tail.

The fly mask she was less than fond of and threw a big fuss for the first few minutes she had it on. The flies this year are SO bad. I tried finding her a fly sheet as well, but all of the stores in my area are sold out in foal size, so I settled for at least a fly mask.

It took a few tries, and she was a little apprehensive and broke into a canter more than once, but by the end of our short session, she had the trot down pretty well. I'm taking her to a show in a few weeks and she's been entered in the foal class. It's nothing huge, just a local B-circuit show, but I want her to have some experience. I'm tagging along with a friend who is showing her yearling at halter, so it will be a nice short day for Elsa's first outing. The foal class is 4th in the day and the yearling class is directly afterwards. My friend is not showing in any other classes that day, so we'll probably be home by lunch. Here are a few photos of this weekend. I haven't measured her, but I think she's sprouted upwards again.

Really was not terribly fond of mom's ill-fitting fly sheet. I know it doesn't fit her well, but she is a very difficult horse to fit in jackets. She has a short Arab back, long slender Arab neck and wide stock-breed chest and full hindquarters. She's also not tall. Next size up was a parachute and hung really low, next size down was too narrow in the chest.
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Thought chasing mom in it was more fun.
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Giving me the stink eye.
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Which didn't work, now it's time to look pathetic.
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And somehow managed to get dirty immediately after her bath.
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Everyone in their fly protection.
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post #33 of 167 Old 08-05-2014, 12:38 AM
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I love her! She is going to make quite the horse :) You are doing a wonderful job with her!
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post #34 of 167 Old 08-05-2014, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'm trying to get her used to as many things as possible. I actually posted a thread in the Training area of the forum asking for advice on things we should work on, so I can't take all of the credit!
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post #35 of 167 Old 08-11-2014, 10:43 AM
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Elsa is such a cutie!! Love her colors! I love the ground work stage, it's such an opportunity to bond with your horse.
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post #36 of 167 Old 08-11-2014, 11:30 AM
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My goodness, she is adorable ;-; And it sounds like she's so smart, and coming along so well! 8D
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Honestly, I haven't had much experience with foals, but she is among the easiest horses I've ever had to train or teach. I'm not saying this because she is mine and I love her to bits, but she is legitimately such a willing girl.

Teaching her to trot was a little bit humorous. When I clucked and tried to add a little more pressure and run beside her, she slammed on the brakes and gave me this look like "I don't know what you're asking! I'm just going to stop!" I had someone run behind her a couple of times and now, all it takes is a "trot-on" and she's off! Sometimes she gets excited at the trot and tries to go a little faster but all it takes is a "easy" and a little bit of pressure on her lead rope and she comes down very quickly. We'll see if she is this calm and willing at her first show this coming Sunday!
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Well, Elsa had her first show yesterday! And she did amazing. I was carpooling with a friend and so she brought her yearling over and they spent the night so we could leave together the next morning. We also used it as an opportunity to do a practice run in her trailer, so it wouldn't be completely foreign to Elsa. She really doesn't quite understand this trailering business. She loads after a few minutes of coaxing, but she doesn't quite get that all she need do is step on. Instead, she leaps on with all she's got - it's a little unnerving standing in the trailer and seeing her coming straight for you. But once inside, she's cool as a cucumber. We practiced getting on and off, but she still doesn't quite understand that one. We'll keep working on that.

She has been bathed before, but on Saturday evening, I really scrubbed her down. And she loved it! She stood almost as if she were frozen to the ground and enjoyed every minute of being scrubbed and lathered. Of course, because I so meticulously cleaned her, she had a giant poop stain from her withers to her flank on Sunday morning. I had to wash that area all over again.

At the show, she behaved so well. I had to spot wash with green spot remover spray and I put a little bit of shine spray on her and she really couldn't have cared less. I also put a little bit of that glow stuff on her nose and around her eyes and she seemed to really enjoy it, which I found odd, but better than freaking out about it.

Lilly was a disaster. The second Elsa was more than 5 feet away, she was a mess, neighing, pulling at the lead, etc. If Elsa was beside her, she was perfectly calm and sometimes sleeping. I had someone hold her in the holding pen while Elsa and I were in the class. Elsa seemed unphased that her mom was acting like a crazed lunatic and listened very well. We walked and trotted in hand and squared up for the judge. She was a little wiggly when I was trying to square her up, but stood very still once the judge started walking around. We were the only entry in the class, so we got first place! I did talk to the judge afterwards and asked him how she did overall in comparison to other foal classes and he said she was really good and extremely quiet in comparison to most foals he's judged. My friend showed her yearling in the halter class that immediately followed the foal class and we were home by noon. So it was a nice short day for Elsa's first big outing. I had my hands full with her and Lilly so I didn't have a chance to get a lot of pictures, but here are a few.

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post #39 of 167 Old 08-20-2014, 09:57 AM
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Omg how awesome!!! What a good babe!
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post #40 of 167 Old 08-20-2014, 02:52 PM
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Oh my goodness what a little cutie! She seems like a dream and congrats on her! :)
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