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        06-30-2011, 11:46 PM
      #31
    Trained
    Alright, big happenings!!

    Aires was started under saddle on Friday! :-D Jen (the trainer at the barn) was keeping my friend updated throughout the whole thing while I was at work (she didn't have my number). Jen said he threw one little buck when they put the saddle on him and then settled right down. She said that he is going to be one of THE easiest horses to break she has ever had to deal with. So, here's a pic of Aires with the saddle on for the first time!


    Fast forward to Tuesday...Aires was REALLY sore all weekend, but Monday was just fine, so Cam decided to work him again on Tuesday. I was there to watch (he's started working him in the evening because it's cooler) and I was sooo proud!! Cam worked three horses, including Aires, and Aires was THE BEST by far! He took the bit without hardly any fight (Cam uses a single joint snaffle with rollers and longer shanks on it...it looks almost like a cross between a curb bit, because of the shanks, and a snaffle). Cam also commented on how well he listens when he's lunged (mainly because we worked with him so much on it). Then he put a saddle pad on him and flopped it around a little bit (desensitizing him). Aires barely flinched. He then took the saddle pad off and put on the training saddle. Again, barely any flinching, except when the girth slapped his leg a little bit. Cam tightened the girth up, and then started lunging him. No bucking, no fighting, nothing. Just did everything he was asked...except canter. He still doesn't like to canter, but he's getting better.
    So, here are pics from Tuesday AND a vid!







         
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        07-01-2011, 12:05 AM
      #32
    Trained
    More pics (and the vid! I forgot how many pics I had! Lol)!






    Vid!
    DSCF0771.mp4 video by MatrixMommy22904 - Photobucket

    Okay, so yesterday Cam wasn't feeling so hot, so he gave Aires the day off. But, today he got worked again! He gave us a little rodeo after Cam first put on the saddle, but that was only because Cam tightened the girth more than he usually does. His "rodeo" consisted of all of three little tiny bucks (that I could have ridden out). Lol He did really well again, although Cam's bridle doesn't fit him anymore (really weird, since on Tuesday it fit just fine). Luckily my friend gave me a bridle that fits his big head perfectly with room to grow. He's also responding REALLY well to pressure on the reins. He's very smart and picks things up with just one or two times being shown. Anyway, Cam even wiggled the saddle around and did what you'd normally do once you saddle a horse and Aires just stood there like "What?" After Cam go done, he took Aires out and unsaddled him at the hitching posts. He was a perfect gentleman and didn't even flinch when Cam dropped the training saddle on the ground in front of the hitching rail. After Cam hosed him down, he handed me the lead rope and as we were walking away, I heard him so to Christina (my friend): "That is one hell of a good horse!" Christina said after I was out of ear shot, Cam said that Aires is going to be one of those "once in a lifetime, horse of all horses." Then, after we were done and about to leave, Cam was teasing me and said: "I should have charged you more for that boy. He's something else!"

    So, here are some more pics from today (sorry about the sun!):



    I love his rump! It looks like a girl walking in high heels from the back when he trots.
         
        07-01-2011, 12:11 AM
      #33
    Trained
    Even more pics! Lol


    OMG! Cam got him to canter for three times around the round pen...instead of just one or two strides! Lol




    If Cam wasn't in the shot, I'd LOVE this pic! LOVE the way he's standing! And I know he looks short compared to Cam, but Cam is actually about 6'4".



    And I got in contact with Aires' breeder after I had a disagreement with one of the other boarders at the barn. She insisted that Aires' sire was an appaloosa stallion. Last I knew, appys can't throw paints! So, I decided to ask the breeder directly. After some back and forth because the foal number on his import papers was different than the breeder's foal number, she finally identified him based on the foal picture I have of him. Turns out his sire isn't the spotted draft stallion like I thought, but rather their APHA stallion, "Little Bit of Black." The breeder even sent me both his parents' registration numbers so I can check them out.
    Anyway, here's some baby pics of Aires!

         

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