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        03-11-2013, 10:14 AM
    She looks good!!!! Can't wait to see some muscle on that neck, but definitely progress!
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        03-11-2013, 10:35 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks. I knew this was going to be a slow process and the fact that I can't count her ribs anymore at this point is very satisfying. I am looking forward to getting them both ready for some good workouts.

    I had my wife pick up some marker flags yesterday while she was in town. Going to start setting up the round pen this week. I need to measure the smaller of the two pastures to see how big I can make it across and then figure out how much more lumber I am going to need. I think I can easily build a 60'er at the top of the smaller pasture, but concerned of it being too close to barn, so I'll see what comes of it this evening.
        03-15-2013, 09:15 PM
    Green Broke
    Here is the beginning photo

    And this is a pic of her this afternoon without the saddle to get a better idea of her progress.
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        03-15-2013, 10:10 PM
    She's looking really good keep up the good work.
        03-16-2013, 02:59 AM
    She looks wonderful now...well done.
        03-16-2013, 07:45 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks. We are trying to keep it a slow steady build up as to not kill her with love from feeding her too much.
    Her feeding has progressed from 2 qt soaked plain whole oats morning and night, a month, ago to presently getting 1 qt soaked oats, 2 qt Seminole senior feed in the morning and 2 qt of Seminole Sr feed at night...Not to mention the Coastal/orchard hay roll available 24/7.
    I'm hoping that she will be at the correct weight by the time the round pen is built so I can start working her in there a good bit.
    I've got a local trainer coming out this evening to look over all 4 of them to see what ideas she can throw my way. This will also give me an idea of how I feel about her training skills. She may be able to train me to train them.
        03-16-2013, 12:41 PM
    Green Broke
    I almost forgot to add that her and the paint gelding that came from the same place are both getting Cool Calories 100 in with their feeding to help with their weight gain.

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    My next question is what can I do to help build their muscle tone? What exercises and stretching do I need to focus on?
    I have a trainer coming this evening to give some ideas with other things and will ask her about this as well, but thought I'd get some other opinions too.
        03-18-2013, 07:33 AM
    How did the trainer do? Lunging is always a decent exercise.
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        03-18-2013, 08:11 AM
    Green Broke
    Went very well. I made a deal with her to come out for 4 more sessions to start out so I could see if it is consistent. Tomorrow will be her first real work day with Boo on building his trust with her and try to get him to give up his feet so I can get the farrier out.
    She found bumps on his hip that I didn't see that she said feels like it was broke at one time, albeit there is no soreness in it. While lunging him she was looking for soreness or tenderness in his step, but found no signs. For some reason he would side step towards her every time she tried to lunge him to his left eye. Lunged great to his right. He never did that the times I lunged him. Every time she would go to step away from him to try to lunge him to the left he would instantly start side stepping with her. The if she tried to step down his side to tap him on the rump to get him going he would back with every step she made. It was almost comical to watch. She said whoever did teach him that did a good job and Boo was doing it great, but it wasn't what she was wanting.,..
    She also said with the way he shifted his front from side to side as she would try to get into position would make him a great cutter.

    She has several dead broke horses and we are going to talk about her working with my 12 yr old daughter on riding lessons with her horses while we finish my horses. This way we aren't put green on green to get black and blue. Amber can learn how to ride on a known safe horse to learn so she can be prepared for these when they are ready.
        03-18-2013, 08:21 AM
    Green Broke
    Guess I should add that she also got him to open his mouth enough to get a look at his teeth. His canines are sharp and needing to be cut and the rest floated as they are getting sharp. I guess this explains a lot about why he fights taking a bit and is always the last one done eating.

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