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        04-07-2012, 07:01 PM
      #1531
    Green Broke
    WAiting...Waiting....How did it go?
         
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        04-07-2012, 08:54 PM
      #1532
    Trained
    Yea still waiting
         
        04-07-2012, 09:07 PM
      #1533
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    Hunter65 thank you for having me over yesterday. Good luck with your ride today
    Someday hopefully I can join you all. An

    One of the horses I used to look after used to be a biter well she bit me once and a gave her a good jab in her chest and she never bit me again she would bite other people but would never bite me again and I never hand fed her
    I would put her food in the manger her mother never bit nor did her half sister
    Thanks CW was really nice to meet you. Can't wait to hear how things go with the leases. We had a fabulous ride today. Thank goodness someone volunteered to back my truck and trailer into the parking spot as I was having no luck. Hunter was awesome, no biting or bucking and we had a good canter or two as well. Might get out tomorrow too. Keep us posted on the leases.
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        04-07-2012, 09:50 PM
      #1534
    Trained
    Hi Hunter it good you had a nice trail ride today and that Hunter behaved
    It was a beautiful day to go
    I will keep you all posted on the leases
         
        04-07-2012, 10:58 PM
      #1535
    Yearling
    While I'm watching this thread to hear how With Grace's day went (!!!), I'll update you all on my day. Today I took Dallas, my 7 year old gelding that I've raised from a foal, to the trainer's. He's had 90 days already when he was 3, but he still needs wet saddle blankets. It's a long story, but he had ulcers during the first 90 days of training, and then was injured when he came home, so basically he's had a long rehab. I've been riding him, but I finally faced up to the fact that I really want him to be trained, not to train him. So, off he goes. I was really quiet on the way home and DH thought I was going to cry. Honestly, I was a little close to tears, since this horse is just so precious to me, and I am hoping he has a better experience this time.

    When I got home, we still had a couple of hours of daylight left, so I messed around with the new pony, letting him out into the pasture and seeing if he'd let me catch him. He ran one length of the pasture and then stopped and let me walk up to him. Progress, progress! Then I saddled my TWH mare, Windy, and took her for a spin through the pastures, pushing the sheep into the corral and out of the corral, slowly. We worked on Windy's 'cowboy stop' and rollbacks and side passes and turns on the forehand and hindquarters, while working the sheep. All the time we did this, my border collie Bree was in the pasture with us, helping us. I was really having fun with the 2 of them; first time we have done that! Bree isn't really 'trained' to herd, and she's more of the driving style rather than the gathering style of herding. But, she responds to hand signals and was doing really well on "lie down" and "wait" and "easy". That was fun. DH was in the house taking a nap so he doesn't know that the sheep got some mild exercise.

    Finally, I decided to use Windy to round up the pony and put him back in the corral. He decided he wanted to get close and personal with Windy (not a good idea), so we used that energy to get him into the corral. It worked out so that he was inside the corral and we were on the outside, and - practicing again with Windy - we side passed up to the gate to push it shut. Windy likes to push gates with her head, so I let her just push the gate shut until it latched! Pony ended up where I wanted him, no chasing, perfect behavior by all equines.

    What fun.

    Came inside and made a quick dinner, baked a frozen pie for Easter dinner dessert, and am watching the Ten Commandments.

    Happy Easter weekend, everyone!
         
        04-07-2012, 11:30 PM
      #1536
    Super Moderator
    What a lovely day you had! Thanks for sharing.
         
        04-07-2012, 11:38 PM
      #1537
    Super Moderator
    I took out Zulu today (the 17 hh Irish Sport horse/draft x) . He is not mine but his owner lets me ride him a lot. (I am so freakin' lucky!)
    Anyway, I've decided that I want to try and do a local saddle club dressage show with him in June. But, I have so far to go to get my seat strong enough to be able to do a test without it being a joke. So, I decided to do more arena work with him. I usually just do trails.

    He is big, his motion is big and I am big. But, I really find riding him balanced to be a challenge. Just staying over him is hard work and I feel like I am going, "oh, oh, a little off balance to the left, oh, oh, to the right, oh, wait, almost lost my stirrup, oh, fell behind the motion, . . . And ad nauseum. I get a few moments here and there when I am centered, heels down over his motions and not bumping his mouth. Reminds me of just learning how to ride when you got those good moments from time to time, almost by chance, until you learned how to make them come about by your will and balance and feel.

    Anyway, I have noticed he is becoming more headstrong and willful and "naughty" and it's almost unseated me twice when he suddenly decided to tighten the circle from a nice 20 meter to a 2 meter circle. I and he nearly parted circles.

    And, he really, really falls into the cirlce going left. I use everything that I know how to do and can get some effect but I end up feeling like I am practically tying myself in knots to "GET, THAT, SHOULDER, OVER!"

    So, this is really just a rant. And an admission that I cannot ride anywhere near as I might come off saying, giving advice here and there. Easy to say, hard to do.
    But, got a lesson in a week! So happy. Maybe there is a trick someone can point out to me. Maybe she can untie my knots.
         
        04-08-2012, 02:14 AM
      #1538
    Yearling
    Hi all! Sorry to keep you waiting on how things went today. I didnt get to the trainers barn til late afternoon, which is almost an hours drive from me. Then had a dinner thing to go to tonight. Anyways, met the mare. Very, very sweet personality. I lunged her, she listens well, moves really pretty. Walked her arounf the farm to just spend time with her. Even with everything new and all her traveling over the last 24 hours, she was smart, not spooky at all, not skittish. I wont get to try her under saddle until Tuesday, she needs a couple days to settle in, she did have a long journey.

    She's cute, has a smaller head, kind eye, likes to be touched. She's very furry, not been clipped and not in show shape. And needs groceries. So far those are my two concerns, which are not so big. It will all come down to how we work together under saddle. I have her on trial for two weeks, so will visit and ride as much as I can in order to make an informed decision, but so far she's got the personality Im looking for.
         
        04-08-2012, 08:17 AM
      #1539
    Foal
    Hello! I have been reading this thread since I joined a couple of weeks ago. Love all the conversation! I have been "horse crazy" , my mom says, since I was born and like others here, my first word was horsey! I am now 52 and still horse crazy. The last 2+ years have kicked me in the gut but I am now coming out on the other side. My "kids", dogs, cats, and horses, have always been there, thick and thin, happy or sad! I am sure others have found that non-horsey family members don't quite understand that you would rather be at the farm "working outside" than doing just about anything else. I am not into shopping unless it is a good tack shop! Lol I am truly blessed! Happy Easter to all and thanks for the thread!
         
        04-08-2012, 09:43 AM
      #1540
    Yearling
    Happy Easter everyone! We are going trail riding with friends at Kiser Lake, then we are cooking out, and then off to drill team practice with the Renegade Cowgirls.
    Bless you all!!

    Susan. :)
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