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    08-16-2010, 12:45 AM
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Weanling
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Just some random pics of my awesome boy. :) If the date says 2004, the date is lying.



Manly braids.


Trotting yesterday for mother.





Mum took over and let him roll after his workout, which he attacked with great gusto.

Mmmm. Back to his original and most favoured state: exceptionally filthy.


He's such a smar,t sweet guy. Some of accomplishments thus far, which were either nonexistant or needed work a few months ago:
- Stands to be fly sprayed.
- Can be wormed.
- Stands for farrier and any other hoof stuff.
- Stands to be rinsed with hose or sponged.
- Does not need to be tied to be fly sprayed, groomed, meds applied, or to have feet picked.
- Loads and unloads without drama. Still gets a little lathered over trailering but no more constant pawing or whinnying.
- Stands absolutely still when you tell him to "ho" and will not move unless asked.
- Understands commands on the longe...does need to be gotten after to canter, trot, jog, walk, halt, reverse.
- Puts his head down to be haltered/bridled. Takes bit without fuss.
- Leads nicely -- no pulling or invading space.
- No longer weird about his butt or hind legs.
- No longer bites, nips, mouths, rears, spins in circles, or strikes out.
When I clipped him a few days ago he was honestly terrified and it took a few minutes, but in the end he held his head down and was still.
In another week, if I can get him to listen fully to me on the free longe with side reins, we will begin ground driving...then my trainer will be on him in full tack for the first time. :) She agrees that this long break he's had was the best thing for him. I feel as if my patience...taking things s-l-o-w with this horse...is finally paying off.

Is he the most conformationally correct, striking thing ever to pop out of a womb...no (well, my own opinion doesn't matter lol). Does he have rippling muscles and a dreamy flowing mane and tail? Not yet. Has he won a buttload of awards, or has thousands of dollars of training poured into him (as one idiot I had the misfortune of running into often boasted of her own horse), heck naw. Though his parents were quite successful, ha.
People have asked me why I persist in putting so much effort into a 13 year-old once-trainwreck, and the best answer I can come up with is because I love him! I don't expect him to earn money, and he's always going to be one of those opinionated, "challenging" horses, no matter what. But he's part of the family.
And if one more person tells me I'd be better off with a twenty year-old quarter horse so I won't have to constantly "deal" with an intelligent, high-energy arab, I'm going to punch a pepperoni through their face.
I have never learnt so much as I have with this horse.
     
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    08-16-2010, 06:20 PM
  #2
Yearling
Wow, sounds like you guys made some huge improvements! He looks great :)
     
    08-16-2010, 08:32 PM
  #3
Weanling
Handsome boy
     
    08-16-2010, 11:24 PM
  #4
Trained
I'm the same way...I could get untrained prospects, who haven't been mishandled, or abused, etc...but I love retraining quote unquote 'problem horses'...My mare was a buck and bolt type when I got her last year around this time. It's amazing how far she's come. Some trainers refuse to take 'dangerous' horses on, and I don't mind that, but retraining horses who have been abused and otherwise messed up, has only refined my skills as a trainer, I think, because although I can take an untrained horse and have him going well in a short time, I may have to totally revamp how I train the horses that have questionable pasts.

Now I will draw the line at horses who are just obviously so messed up that they probably won't recover, but if the horse seems to have a good mind, and a desire to learn still, then I will give it a go.

I just feel it's rewarding to see things click for a horse who has been so scared for so long.
     
    08-17-2010, 01:00 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mom2pride    
I'm the same way...I could get untrained prospects, who haven't been mishandled, or abused, etc...but I love retraining quote unquote 'problem horses'...My mare was a buck and bolt type when I got her last year around this time. It's amazing how far she's come. Some trainers refuse to take 'dangerous' horses on, and I don't mind that, but retraining horses who have been abused and otherwise messed up, has only refined my skills as a trainer, I think, because although I can take an untrained horse and have him going well in a short time, I may have to totally revamp how I train the horses that have questionable pasts.

Now I will draw the line at horses who are just obviously so messed up that they probably won't recover, but if the horse seems to have a good mind, and a desire to learn still, then I will give it a go.

I just feel it's rewarding to see things click for a horse who has been so scared for so long.

Sorry for the block o' text, my computer is not behaving with the html.EXACTLY!!!Now, I'm no trainer, and have been able to get him this far solely on my own with advice and occasional help from people far more knowledgeable than I. But as I've said, he has taught and continues to teach me so incredibly much. Working with Pickles is instilling me with an invaluable skillset which I can put toward my future with horses, young and/or old, and I feel like now I will be able to handle pretty much anything that should come my way with an informed mind and best of all, experience!He IS hot, though tons better now that he gets persistent exercise and proper non-heating feed. He is constantly thinking, testing, very opinionated...if you are the least bit meek or timid, he definitely will take advantage of you.Yet, as my trainer told me today, he has a kind heart. Whatever fights he puts up are quickly over with and he relents within a minute or less. He was bad off seven months ago, because he had outsmarted his last owner and was trying all the old tricks on me. He had interesting fear issues and severe food aggression.But he was never "mean", and even back then I could recognise that he wasn't a hopeless case.I actually like the challenge he presents, and it is so rewarding to see him progress. He's totally worth it! I know WHY some people voice their opinions about an intelligent higher energy horse being more trouble than a low-level competitor and trail rider like myself should invest in, but...perhaps I'm just weird, and Just. Don't. Flipping. Care. In fact, I find working out his issues rather enjoyable. I have Lilly to be my no-worries mule, haha. Much of this rant stems from a month-old grudge I'm still carrying around, regarding a psychotic NH trainer who among other things told me to sell him to the bone man because at least then "I'd have my money's worth" (her exact words). Then after I fired her arse for being a butthead, she barraged me with hateful juvenile emails ranting, along with other BS, about how he'd be better off dead and how I was such a horrible incompetent owner and would never get on him, blah blah blah, me me me.And this evening, a month later he free longes with both reins (no pics ): ), and I've already sat on him bareback three times without incident. He holds the bit quietly and listens intently. And I smile knowing that next spring we'll be in the ring and on the trail, and I shall meet her again and enjoy a hearty guffaw in her face. I'd also like to say THANK YOU to everybody who has ever helped me here and I think I'll just make this his Official Progress Thread to spare ya'll from my millions of picture updates :P.
     
    08-20-2010, 02:20 AM
  #6
Weanling
After two days off, I did some light free longeing with him, just as a continuation on the "the far wall of the roundpen is terrifying" saga and getting him to stick to the side no matter what.

He did great despite being a little fresh and in a weirdly playful/alternatively spooky mood.



     

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