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        09-01-2011, 07:35 PM
      #41
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    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!
    Oh I hear ya! I just bought some side reins and have been working with him lightly in them since it's been... phew a good year or so. I went to get on him today, no nonsense attitude, asking for a nice marching walk with my upper half tall and stretched and my bottom half deep and driving.... he worked beautifully off of my seat and legs and not to mention how crested he was trying out what he learned from the side reins! I couldn't be more happy :) We just did walking... next week we'll build into trotting (he falls apart at the trot.. hollowed back and head in the air and spooking sideways... grrr)

    But yes, I love love love groundwork :) Any tips for us?

    And yeah I did handwalk him through the entire boarding facility the first week and a half, and lunged him in random places.. he's just such a spookster. I should handwalk him on the trails.. a few ladies were going to do the same with their horses.. we'll see if it actually happens

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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Also, a disclaimer about pics of me riding when they come. I may look a bit awkward and maybe even a wee bit nervous. Just remember what has happened in the last month and be a little forgiving.
    Oi oi oi! Don't be ashamed and don't explain yourself to anyone! You rock and I bet you and him look fantastic together!! So shhh about anything negative!

    As for the buyers... yuck I hate pushy people. Everyone always prods about my horse and I just say "he's mine and that's that."

    Yay flymask boy :) He seems to be proud of it!
         
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        09-01-2011, 07:51 PM
      #42
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    But yes, I love love love groundwork :) Any tips for us?

    And yeah I did handwalk him through the entire boarding facility the first week and a half, and lunged him in random places.. he's just such a spookster. I should handwalk him on the trails.. a few ladies were going to do the same with their horses.. we'll see if it actually happens

    Yay flymask boy :) He seems to be proud of it!
    Tips? Well, we play this game when we're anywhere new that he absolutely loves. I got it from a friend of mine who learned it at a CA clinic years ago. We call it "What's this?" Anything that's scary or he won't go near or that I even remotely think could spook him, I lead him up to it, tap it lightly with my hand and ask "What's this? Show me what this is!" I encourage him to touch and explore it for himself. Once he touches it, even slightly, he gets a pat on the neck and big "Good boy!" Now, he's going up to things on his own. Mailboxes are his absolute favorite thing, especially if they're weird-looking (had to pull him away from exploring the mailboxes with the cacti growing around the boxes ). He explored trash cans for himself the other day. Tugged on the lead rope and looked at me like "May I?" He was flipping the lids up and almost knocked them over. He'd never seen anything remotely close to them before.

    Hand-walking him on the trails was great. He got used to where we would be going and it got him away from the mundane "been there done that" barn that he hasn't left in 18 months (or more). It was also great exercise for me (I'm a tad overweight, but I'm not huge into exercising at a gym...I'd rather be outdoors, hiking and such). Another thing that it did was it let me see what places on the trails might be a little scary for him (trust me, there weren't many).

    As for the fly mask...he was a little confused by it, actually. Lol After I took his halter off and went to leave his stall, he followed me like he thought his halter was still on (he doesn't usually do that). I decided to experiment to see if he thought his halter was still on or if he was just being clingy (I wasn't there for three days 'cuz I was sick and he's used to seeing me just about every day). I walked all around his stall and he stayed right at my right shoulder, even though I didn't even have his halter or lead rope in my hands. Silly boy!
         
        09-01-2011, 08:45 PM
      #43
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    How cute :) Or maybe he just loves being around you hahaha he's like LOOK MOM THIS FLYMASK IS SOOO COOOL!!!!

    Yeah that sounds like a really fun game haha. Sky would love that
         
        09-01-2011, 09:08 PM
      #44
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    he's like LOOK MOM THIS FLYMASK IS SOOO COOOL!!!!
    It was more like "Mooom! Paco doesn't have to wear one of these stupid things, so why do I?!" (said in the whiney teenager voice). Paco is his neighbor who is one of the dude string horses (the BO is an old cowboy and doesn't believe in using fly masks, fly spray, etc). When I pointed out that both Rex and CJ wear fly masks (his "best friends," so to speak), he was like "Oh, fine. But only because they do!"
         
        09-01-2011, 09:13 PM
      #45
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Tips? Well, we play this game when we're anywhere new that he absolutely loves. I got it from a friend of mine who learned it at a CA clinic years ago. We call it "What's this?" Anything that's scary or he won't go near or that I even remotely think could spook him, I lead him up to it, tap it lightly with my hand and ask "What's this? Show me what this is!" I encourage him to touch and explore it for himself. Once he touches it, even slightly, he gets a pat on the neck and big "Good boy!" Now, he's going up to things on his own. Mailboxes are his absolute favorite thing, especially if they're weird-looking (had to pull him away from exploring the mailboxes with the cacti growing around the boxes ). He explored trash cans for himself the other day. Tugged on the lead rope and looked at me like "May I?" He was flipping the lids up and almost knocked them over. He'd never seen anything remotely close to them before.

    Hand-walking him on the trails was great. He got used to where we would be going and it got him away from the mundane "been there done that" barn that he hasn't left in 18 months (or more). It was also great exercise for me (I'm a tad overweight, but I'm not huge into exercising at a gym...I'd rather be outdoors, hiking and such). Another thing that it did was it let me see what places on the trails might be a little scary for him (trust me, there weren't many).
    What you do for "new" and "scary" things works great! I do the same thing....didnt know other people did it, I felt like a dork, but now I know Im not the only one, I feel much better!! I did this with Rodeo the other day, right before Irene came, I brought him into the barn, and they had their golf cart, and garbage cans all set up in there, and his eyes widened, and he got this look like "OMG, WHAT IS THAT??" lol, I walked him up to it, he saw what it was, touched it, sniffed it, and he was like, "Oh, no big deal :)"

    As for the walking on the trails, I agree with you 100% on that! I don't like working out in gyms either, just not something I've gotten into. I like going for walks, hikes, bike rides, and of course horse back riding! So when, I could combine training, with walking....I jumped right on top of that!!!
         
        09-01-2011, 09:17 PM
      #46
    Trained
    I've got other people at the barn doing it with their horses now, too! Lol There's this couple who board their two horses there (both TBs) and the guy has pretty much ZERO horse savvy (riding in shorts and cross-trainers with his toes pointed so far down he looked like he was en pointe!). He was leading William, the wilder of the two TBs in from turnout one day and William FREAKED at the poop dumpster. Had passed it several times, but decided right then to freak. I happened to be walking to Aires' stall (which is right across from the poop dumpster) and went over to see if I could help. I showed him how to get William to inspect the dumpster and within a couple of minutes William was all "Eh, whatever." He's never spooked going past the dumpster since. The guy was sooooo grateful and was all "I am sooo doing this with both horses whenever they refuse to go past anything!" (which happens a lot, especially when he's leading them because he's a bit timid).
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        09-03-2011, 12:48 PM
      #47
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    Hes so pretty.
         
        09-03-2011, 12:49 PM
      #48
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    Originally Posted by howaboutthosejumps    
    hes so pretty.
    Thanks. He's my baby.
         
        09-30-2011, 08:14 PM
      #49
    Trained
    Drum roll please!!!

    I rode Aires today!! I wasn't nervous or scared or anything. And my friend got pics of us!! And even a little vid (that she didn't realize she'd gotten...my new camera is really different lol).

    So here goes. As I said before, please don't critique my position. New (kinda weird) saddle, new horse, first time really riding in a long time, still stiff in the left ankle from my accident, and torn rotator cuff in my left shoulder (which is why I'm hunched a bit) don't add up to a stellar position. Lol

    Oh, and ignore the fact that it looks like I'm wearing a big white diaper over my riding pants. I (literally) pulled on my BGPs for this ride.


    Stopped and starting to back up

    Stopping again (we did a lot of this, as this is what he needs to work on the most)...he was all on alert because there's a horse stalled next to the arena on that side:

    And now the other way:

    We do this all the time, right?!

    Investigating the barrel...he insisted lol


    OMG! I can look somewhere other than right between his ears!!

    Turning (yes, I know my hand is way far out)

    Loose rein AND decent position?! Thought it'd never happen!

    One of our magnificent stops!

    More loose rein:

    Riding back up to the barn after our spectacular half-rear, spin and "bolt"...after being kicked in the face by a mare we were following:

    Wasn't trying so hard and my position is halfway decent:
         
        09-30-2011, 09:38 PM
      #50
    Super Moderator
    I can't get past the BGP's. For real?
         

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