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        11-11-2012, 11:07 PM
      #2461
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    Good to hear, Saranda! Poor Snickers, can't wait til he's feeling better so we can get some more photos of you two!!

    Had a nice day with Brock yesterday (which was my birthday). I did some liberty work and free lungeing in the paddock before taking him off to ride. He was an idiot when I came to lunge him on the line so he'd get his focus back on me, kept bucking and spooking, he was all fired up because the mare in the next yard was being a terrible hussy and the flies were terrible. So I just hopped on and we rode around with the goal to be going as quietly as possible and he cruised around fine. I was trying him in a new bit too - a mullen mouth eggbutt, so quite a different action to the french-link and Dr Bristol he's used to - and he seemed to be less "chewy" and fussy so I'm taking that as a good sign.

    My friend had been riding Star, and after we'd hosed them down we put them in the arena paddock for a play around. Brock and Star were soooo cute - racing each other, grazing together, trotting alongside one another... just needed a little grey pony in there and it could have been a scene from Black Beauty. First time the two of them have been without a separating fence in over a year, they were just so happy to see each other. Brock even decided to gallop really fast to keep up with Star and actually outstripped her for pace once or twice. So much fun watching them play together.

    And the last bit of news is... Brock has a new home! A lady has decided to lease him, he'll be on a stunning property with lovely pasture and great fencing, and a barn with stables if he needs one. He'll also have a buddy in a young TB gelding, but if they argue too much then there is the ability to have them in separate paddocks. And he'll be able to go on heaps of trails and get daily contact. So happy!

    Pics from yesterday are attached. Pardon me pulling funny faces as I ride! Last one is of Brock and Star grazing together <3

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        11-12-2012, 03:00 AM
      #2462
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    Thanks, Evil! And oooh, Brock is so handsome and I'm happy for him getting to move to a good place! It sounds he'll be in good hands. :)

    Snickers is getting better with every day, but, as we are still stuck to just walking in hand, I'm thinking of some things he'd like to do to keep him stimulated. So we are getting a lot of nice walks in the trails, where he gets to graze on the foresty goodness, walking through deep sand and moss, and I taught him how to "kiss" yesterday. :) We did it without any treats at all and he got the idea immediately - however, I wouldn't advise anyone else do it.

    And, as a girl from our barn got a trailer, we had a little party yesterday, testing how our horses load and unload. Although Snickers hadn't been loaded for a year or so, I was very proud to see him among the very best - I just had to point to the trailer and he hopped in almost impatiently to get there, happy to be knowing what to do and knowing that he's going to get lots of praise. :)

    And I know it seems like a lot of bragging, but I just wanted to share how touched I felt when, during the days the abscess was in the worst phase and Snickers had to be laid down to give him hoof care, he really did lay down for me through all that pain and, when he did, he just put his head in my lap (I was sitting by his side, ready to correct if he wanted to get up) and fell asleep. He slept in a deep sleep althrough the procedure - poor boy, apparently he hadn't been sleeping in REM sleep for a couple of days at that time because he was afraid he would not be able to get up fast enough if the herd had to be running. It was such an honour to be the safety and assurance he needed to fall asleep completely.
         
        11-20-2012, 08:18 AM
      #2463
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    Oh my, where have all the 20-somethings gone?! How are you doing these days, people?

    Snickers is back to healthy again and we've been doing plenty of ground driving and light pulling. No riding yet. He's doing it like a champ and will be ready for sleigh pulling in winther. And he got a large horsey ball to play with - he LOVES it, chasing, biting and throwing it all the time. :) Do any of your horses have their favourite toys?
         
        11-20-2012, 08:41 AM
      #2464
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    Yay for Snickers!! So glad he's recovering quickly!

    Brock moved to his new home yesterday - he loves it there. He has a paddock buddy called Benji and a new girlfriend over the fence. She was a grumpy snappy thing til she saw him and he melted her icy heart! Now they spend the whole time nuzzling over the fence...so that's his new toy
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        11-20-2012, 09:17 AM
      #2465
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    What a cool toy! I'd love to get one like that for Monsieur Snickque, too. :P
         
        11-20-2012, 11:19 AM
      #2466
    Yearling
    Annie doesn't have any toys, but she does have a plant in her run that she doesn't like to eat, so she plays with it. Lately i've been getting to the barn at 4:30 am to ride her, since I work from 8am til like 9pm some nights now. (8-6 shop, drive to the barn, work til I finish... loving my barn rat helpers :) ) now that she's back in training we've got great contact w/t, we're still working on balancing out the canter. She's totally a morning horsie :) and we have movement in our spanish walk!!! Did anybody else have trouble moving from the stationary training to the mobile part of it? Its like she forgot she could move her back feet.

    ANd how on earth did you teach snickers to lay down!!!?? I have tried the rope pully thing, the one leg in the air thing, teaching a bow first, i've tried everything!! Annie will not bow, and she WILL NOT lay down. Other people have tried too. Her previous owner tried. She's just to proud. She wont do it.
         
        11-20-2012, 01:12 PM
      #2467
    Weanling
    Mitch has a jolly ball and he enjoys tossing it against his box stall.

    In other news both my boys are moving out of the main barn and into the mare motels for the time being because I ended up having to pay for both of them again. So out they go haha I think it will be better for them though. :) Hopefully they don't fight with anyone though.
         
        11-20-2012, 02:07 PM
      #2468
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    Lilly doesn't really have any toys, but she likes to play with my parents' Havenese/Norwich Terrier cross dog, which is nerve racking as he's so small. One of these days, I think a false move is going to mean the death of him. But they are the best of friends and it's near impossible to keep them apart when they want to play.
         
        11-20-2012, 02:11 PM
      #2469
    Green Broke
    Ah I've been way to busy with school. Only 3 more weeks of this semester. I finally decided that I am going to get my ba in accounting and then hopefully be motivated enough for my masters then my CPA. So I will be in school forever and a decade ick.

    Lizzy started dropping weight about a month ago now and I had to switch up her feed. She was on a short break from work down to only 1-2 days a week. She has put on weight but turned into a fire breathing monster so back to working 5-6 days a week. I will pour the money into her feed instead of letting her sit and turn into a wreck.

    We did a trial period without mare magic and it ended horribly, I will never run out of raspberry leaves again. She really held true to her sterotype without those magic leaves.

    Ugh the days are shorter the snow is on it's way and I work one full time job 40 hours a week plus the commute so that's 50 hours a week then I work at the barn a total of 4 feedings a week plus out to take care of Lizzy everyday. I have full time classes of 13 credits each semester plus now I have to work Lizzy several days a week. I need more hours in a day.

    Lizzy has a jolly ball thing in her paddock and it moves around but I've never seen any of the horses play with it.
         
        11-20-2012, 02:14 PM
      #2470
    Super Moderator
    Analisa, about lying down - the first and main thing is lots of basic groundwork and building trust, the horse has to see his human as a true leader and feel completely safe around him. As soon as the horse is comfortable to allow the human to do just about anything and go anywhere with him, we can start thinking about lying down, because it cannot be done until the horse feels completely ready. Also, he has to be taught lowering the head beforehand. Then, as it was done with Snickers and several other horses - this can be done after a ride or an active groundwork session, or in a rolling spot, when the horse feels like rolling. Lower his head gently and tap the ground rythmically, focusing on the ground and keeping the concept of how nice it is to roll in your mind. Let the horse think, he should soon try to understand the tapping and paw the ground a bit. That's enough for the first time - at that moment lots of praise is appropriate. Maybe the horse will lay down at the very first time, but, if not, the next times you can start encouraging him to think about lying by giving a light tap on the front leg that is not pawing at the moment. If the horse feels ready, he understands the concept pretty soon. At first the result will be just lying down and rolling, but, when the horse is comfortable with that, you can start keeping the lead rope over his neck during the rolling and inviting him with light pressure to stay on the ground, when he feels like standing up. Even later, you can progress to lying on tummy, not on the side, sitting, letting you mount while he is lying, etc., but complete trust and patience are crucial in this. :) And no ropes around legs needed.
         

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