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    01-03-2014, 06:55 PM
Pretty sure you know your own horses better than those unsolicited-input-givers, Out & Kay! Lol

Cash would be farther along if I had a covered arena to work in. Between dark evenings, ice & mud, we've managed a mere 15 rides since starting in October. (Not counting our 3 initial rides in June after which I put him back on pasture.) Giving his face nicely at walk, trot, back, and a good start on moving hips and shoulders. His jog is so smooth, can't wait to experience his lope, now that the footing is solid enough to actually do something more :)
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    01-03-2014, 09:12 PM
Originally Posted by Kayella    
The old man at my barn is pressuring me about backing Henny. HE'S NOT EVEN 2 YET. Once he does turn 2, I think I'm going to start some light lunging and beginning saddle work. I have a bareback pad I'm going to strap him up with some time soon. I won't even think of backing him until he's at least 3. He's so immature physically, and because of his brain damage, he's got worse than normal balance for his age. I have no problem whatsoever waiting to start him the right way. :)
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I was married into the cutting horse world in my previous life and that was my first time to be around horses over 20 yrs ago. Anyhow I remember that every horse got started asap at 2 so they could be ready for 3yr old futurity. I thought that was how it worked in all horse worlds. I now know different and after what I see with ropers around here waiting until 4 yrs to start and see the difference in the maturity level. I think many people push young immature horses too soon. I have found in the horse world you will run across people that think their way is the only way and that many people will push things like when to start your horse. You do what you are comfortable with and what you and your horse are ready for.
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    01-03-2014, 10:39 PM
You are so right, Womack. For example, this is what the conversation yesterday went like:
"Hey, how are you?"
"Great. When are you going to put a saddle on him? He is so calm."
"Yes, he has always been that way. We are still working on some things. I am really enjoying the ground work. We are working on consistency with inside turns while lunging."
"Why are you doing inside turns?"
"I like for him to be able to do both inside and outside. I also like it when I stop him for him to turn and face me and wait for direction. {insert name of dog} is a huge distraction. When my colt is chasing him on that side of the arena, he has more trouble turning to the inside. He stops but with his butt to me and I have to wait forever for him to look at me for direction."
"Horses don't use their eyes like that. It's his ears you want focused on you." {continue long explanation of how the ears follow stimuli and are the gateway to the horse's brain}
"Yes, ears are a good indication of what his focus is, I've heard that the eyes and ears both work together."
"If {my colt} is distracted by chasing the dog, then you just don't have his attention."
"Yes, I'm still working on doing inside turns on that side of the arena with {dog} chasing him."
"You know, the longer you wait to put a saddle on him, the harder it will be."
{Knowing I must not bite the hand that feeds me, I restrain from saying that I just don't understand this comment...}
I respond, "We will get around to that this spring, when we have daylight savings time again."

LOL!!! Seriously, I have learned that it is best to say NOTHING about yourself as a rider or your horses or what you are doing with them. Not my nature, but I'm learning. By the way, these are good people and mean well. They are also out of town for the week-end
    01-03-2014, 11:21 PM
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Henny is definitely not mentally ready, either. He's a very calm, easy going horse, but he needs a lot of guidance and reassurance with things that are new or "scary." He's still very much a baby inside and out. So the next year will be spent building confidence on the ground and strengthening our relationship so he can better look to me as a leader than freaking out like a spazz sometimes haha.
    01-04-2014, 12:17 PM
Good Saturday morning to y'all. Hope everyone has a great day!
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    01-05-2014, 02:26 PM
Anybody out riding in that wicked wind today? Not me...
    01-05-2014, 02:51 PM
I thought my horses were nervous due to the wind yesterday.
Todays wind just adds to the problem.
I think I have lost half of two round bales due to the wind. Shalom
    01-05-2014, 06:17 PM
This cold wind has turned even my 31 year old and my lazy ones into weirdos. All 5 are out there bucking, kicking, twisting and farting like nobody's business. I've had to rebuckle 3 different blanket today. Needless to say, I'm not getting on anyone's back when they act like this. :/
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    01-05-2014, 06:32 PM
What doesthat guy get thru life using just his ears?? He needs to
Read how to think mike a horse by cherry hill. I read that book after my divorce when I no longer had a built in trainer and t is a good one and helped me as I transitioned to trail riding and it is great. I reread it often not to remember.
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    01-06-2014, 10:55 AM
BRRRRR!!!! Hope everyone is safe and warm, along with your various horses, dogs, chickens, pigs, and other creatures. Lots of power outages in the DFW metroplex.

KC - you've been quiet, hope all is well!

DB - how you feeling?

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