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        08-22-2011, 08:36 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Yayyyy for pictures!!!!! I love him!! He is such a great looking guy! His color, and his draftiness is just outstanding! It looks like he did sooo great!!!! He looks really really good!!!

    I love seeing, and reading about all the progress that you and him are making! Its fantastic!!! Look forward to more pictures too! Once I get Rodeo to his new place, Ill have to take some pics of him! Thanks for posting them!!!
         
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        08-22-2011, 09:02 AM
      #12
    Showing
    He's so cute drafty! It will be fun seeing him grow up! I can imagine the tank he is going to become :)
         
        08-22-2011, 11:01 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    He looks great..good luck with his progress!
         
        08-22-2011, 12:59 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Awwww...thanks, everybody!

    Tiny, yeah, the trainer is amazing. She's been riding most of her life and is sooooo good at teaching. I love watching her give lessons to the little kids because she explains things so they can understand it and know why they're doing what she's telling them to. And yeah, Aires is VERY unique! He's one of those horses that no matter what discipline I do with him, he going to draw attention, regardless of whether we win or not. I just wish he'd grow into that monster head already! I'm having to have a custom rope halter made for him because the one he has is almost too small.

    Csimkunas6, he's easy to love. Lol My friend that trailered in to ride with us (with the 15.1hh quarab) was amazed by him. Out of all the horses that were going on the trail ride with us, he was the only one that wasn't nervous from the thunder and lightning (which was intense) and that didn't spook at all. He even hand-trotted with me across the road on the way back and slowed when I did (the trainer was like "Well, he should be good on the ground...that's all you could do with him for two months was groundwork!").

    MHF, he's already a tank! Lol We went on a little "trail" ride around the block the other day and there was this hill we had to climb that was about 100 feet long, but fairly steep. The other two horses (a saddlebred that belongs to one of the boarders and my friend's arab mare) almost had to trot up the hill to get to the top. Aires just plowed up it at a walk and beat both of them to the top. I've honestly never ridden a horse with that much raw power that you could feel. He started up the hill at a kind of lazy walk then realized that that wasn't going to cut it, so he turned on the power.
         
        08-22-2011, 01:08 PM
      #15
    Foal
    He's so adorable. Has sucha a mischievous look to him, I like it lol. Seems like he has mass potential for you!
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        08-22-2011, 01:16 PM
      #16
    Showing
    I am so inspired by you and Aires.. I am currently re-training my horse because he isn't safe broke at all and his confidence is out the window..

    But what a beautiful boy and what a trooper you are!!!
         
        08-22-2011, 01:29 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Thanks, QH Gunner. He is definitely mischievous. I had to invest in a Jolly Ball this weekend because he decided that his bucket was a toy and put a crack in it from top to bottom. Yeah, I decided it was easier to spend $15 on a Jolly Ball once than it was to buy him a new $14 feed bucket every couple of weeks. He's a very sensitive soul, though. He is very in-tune with my mood and emotions. I'm not an overly emotional person, but because of what happened with that mare, I have little panic attacks either while I'm riding (yeah, *that's* fun) or before I start to ride because I start thinking of everything that could go wrong. When this happened on Friday before our trail ride, I was leaning up against the hitching rail in front of him (facing him, butt to the rail). He nuzzled his head into the crook of my arm and then stood there while I stroked his face and rested my forehead against his. I was on the verge of tears before he did that, but as soon as I started stroking his face, I calmed down considerably.

    Skyseteranalangel, thanks so much! I'm so glad we can help you. I'm so lucky that Aires is such a level-headed and mild-mannered horse. It's really helping me with being brave enough to ride him. I'm also lucky that I had two whole months to do nothing but groundwork before he was rideable. That has really helped us a lot with trusting each other. He spooked the other day on a ride (a dog started barking behind us) and all he did was toss his head and then trot up to the safety of the other horses. His spook could have been so much worse, but I'm so glad it wasn't because I didn't ride it out well at all (I completely freaked and tried to curl up into the fetal position in my saddle...YAY for aussie saddles and poleys!). Once my brain rejoined my body and I got him back under control, we just kept going and didn't turn back. It would have been so much easier to turn back, but I wouldn't let myself. He was calm, so I needed to be calm.
         
        08-22-2011, 02:23 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Haha! Jolly balls are a wonderful thing. My babi & the stallion each have one. I, as well, was sick of going thru feed pans haha!
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        08-22-2011, 02:44 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Really shows the trust Aires has in you. My boy and I still have a looot of way to go, but he's always turning into quite the handsome calm and confident.. (and talented) horse.
         
        08-23-2011, 01:35 AM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Really shows the trust Aires has in you. My boy and I still have a looot of way to go, but he's always turning into quite the handsome calm and confident.. (and talented) horse.
    One word: GROUNDWORK! Seriously, I did nothing but groundwork with Aires for two straight months (actually, almost three since I was just cleared to ride again about two weeks ago). Lunging, going on trail walks (saddled him up and walked the local trails with him, no joke), that sort of thing. It all builds trust. Now, if I could just get him to trust me that the fly spray bottle is NOT going to eat him, we'd be golden!
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