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        02-01-2013, 02:52 PM
    That is FANTASTIC news Blue Eyed Pony!!!!!! So happy for you and for her!!!

    As for the leg aids, did you do any groundwork with moving away from pressure on the barrel? Just a suggestion, although I'm pretty sure you know what you're doing with the looks of things! Congrats!!!
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        02-01-2013, 04:25 PM
    First thing's first: hi everyone!

    That is wonderful news blue eyed pony!
        02-01-2013, 09:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Hey Guys its been a while since I got in trouble and school and everything.. urgh.. I have not rode rode in 3 MONTHS! Gosh its so hard.. okay I've went and sat on him while my dads not home.. what a rebel LOL.. but I have to be very careful.. but I can't NOT RIDE! Its so hard lol! And BEP((I think) IM SO HAPPY FOR YOUR mare... as far as a read she's okay for now?
        02-01-2013, 11:03 PM
    Hey Barrelbeginner! It has been quite a while. That sucks so bad. I'm afraid if that happened to me I would sneak in a few rides somehow... in the dark of night...

    SO happy for you Blue!
        02-02-2013, 08:30 AM
    BarrelBeginner, were you allowed to keep all of your horses?

    And hey everyone, check out my new video!!! It's about my friend and her horse, Cruiser! Thanks so much!

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        02-02-2013, 12:24 PM
    Originally Posted by Almond Joy    
    That is FANTASTIC news Blue Eyed Pony!!!!!! So happy for you and for her!!!

    As for the leg aids, did you do any groundwork with moving away from pressure on the barrel? Just a suggestion, although I'm pretty sure you know what you're doing with the looks of things! Congrats!!!
    Thank you :) I'm over the moon right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We have done a TON of ground work, she really needed it [troubled red TB mare lol... not the sort of horse you can just hop on and go with!]. Yes we have done moving off pressure on the barrel, she understands the concept just doesn't really "get" this whole riding gig yet.

    I ask lightly with my leg, then I ask with voice [she is very familiar with voice commands due to all the groundwork we have done], then just touch her with the whip. I have never had to go any farther than that. She's very soft into walk already, still reluctant/unsure about the trot, and I haven't cantered her because she's not balanced enough in walk and trot yet.

    Today's ride was very nervous on both parts. I was expecting her to be a bit of a brat, given that IME the third day of anything new for ANY horse is the day they act up, and that I think was making her very very nervous. She almost went catatonic on me because of it, so we kept it very simple and basic with loads of praise. I need to be VERY careful not to overload her and frighten her, but she's very clever and tries so hard, I don't doubt she'll progress just nicely over the next couple of years before she's old enough to compete.

    She's going to have 2 or 3 days off now to let it sink in, then I'll hop on again and see what she remembers and go from there. She seems to like her bit, but isn't such a fan of the taste of it [sweet iron], so I've ordered another D-ring single jointed snaffle for her in a stainless steel mouth.

    She broke out this morning and got into the feed again... into Monty's very high protein feed, which she can't have because it sends her lame... so she was a little sore, but she seems to warm out of it. We'll see how we go I guess... meanwhile I need to make my feed more secure so it can't happen again.
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        02-09-2013, 12:01 AM
    That's really great new Blue Eyed Pony!

    Almond Joy, I like that video! It made me smile
        02-09-2013, 12:07 AM
    Thanks HR :)

    I have a video of her 4th ride so pleased with how she's going, this is very quick progress and certainly MUCH faster than I expected. She's starting to relax now. I think it was great for her to have a nervous third ride and for me to not push her at all - showed her that I'm listening to her needs and taking them into account. She's just awesome. And to think that 3 months ago I hated her, wow! Now she's the best horse I've ever had.

        02-09-2013, 12:16 AM
    Green Broke
    Well guys my 18 th was yesterday and Wednesday I bought a palomino gelding as my barrel prospect :). I can't wait to get him home.

    BEP- congrats :)
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        02-09-2013, 12:42 AM
    Happy birthday for yesterday and congrats on your new pony!

    Thankssss 5th ride time this evening, or whenever I can get someone to ride Monty. It's time for bulk straight lines walking and trotting and that's just not possible at home, but I'm not comfortable riding a breaker on trails alone, and she really does need a buddy to follow regardless. I'll take my camera and get a few ear shots if she's feeling confident enough that I can ride with only one hand.

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