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        03-24-2013, 08:15 PM
    Okay thanks! I don't work her every day, lately I have, but that's just because I am taking advantage of the good weather. Even though I am working her everyday lately, I don't work her for more then an hour at most. I will usually do lunging for 5-10 mins (rarely 10 minutes, only if she is bad, haven't had too) and that is walking and trotting, I end on a good note, I move her hindquarters, and forequarters, back her up and take her for walked around the yard for about half an hour and take pics, and watch her, groom her, and spend time with her. I know when summer comes around, I will be working with her almost everyday, getting her use to the saddle and stuff, but I don't work her hard. I do everything on each side of her, and always end on a good note, then leave it at that. I also know she is young, so I don't over do it because I know she has a short attention span.
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        03-24-2013, 08:18 PM
    Sounds good, jut telling you the mistake I made (or one of the many) so you don’t stumble into the same thing.
        03-25-2013, 07:36 PM
    So today it was nice out again, so I went out to work with Breeze. Like usual she came up to the fence and I caught her, we did what we usually, do, but mixed up the order and she was great! She was a little tired, I think it was because of the sun... and how nice it was... and she was a little slow. The owner of the farm also came into the pen to check the hay and Breeze was a little distracted by that, but once she left she focused on me again.

    Things have been going great and my friend will come tomorrow if it is nice, to give me some pointers.

    I do, however, think we still need to work on certain things, such as ground tying (I know she is young, so this will take some work) and focusing on me, even when there are distractions. Also, I am going to be working more on using the other horses in our training sessions, as Breeze does get a little jealous when anyone is with another horse, instead of her (she hasn't been like this lately, that is why I am taking this to my advantage) and I might even get my friend to work the other horse, or Breeze, leading them together and stuff (I need to get her use to this, as she is going to be going to shows and being around other people and there horses)
        03-27-2013, 12:11 AM
    Great News!!! The proffesional trainer got back to me and whenever I want I can go and get a few lessons for groundwork! I am going to wait until Breezes ringworm is completely gone... so she is not spreading it to other places (its almost gone!!! Thankfully) and I need to get a trailer, or borrow one, and we are set to go! I am so happy. I will be putting her in a round pen there and teaching her some better manners (she is getting better, but with the trainer it will be better) and the best part is the cost of it! Instead of sending her in for $700 a month for at least 3 months, I pay 30 a lesson (which are from 1-3 hours long) 2 times a week!

    I really recommend this trainer to anyone in saskatchewan looking for lessons or training, or even boarding. She can be strict, but she is good (i use to take lessons with her, and work her her too)
        03-27-2013, 03:52 AM
    Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
    She was a little tired, I think it was because of the sun... and how nice it was... and she was a little slow. The owner of the farm also came into the pen to check the hay and Breeze was a little distracted by that, but once she left she focused on me again.
    Stop making excuses for your horse.

    She's tired? Tough. She still has to listen. Someone's messing with hay? Tough. Horses are bolting around madly in the next field? Tough. She is with YOU. She has to be paying attention to YOU.

    So you know, I used to be the same :) not firm enough, and constantly making excuses for my horse. It took me a long time to get past that and I had to learn the hard way. My Thoroughbred filly had big issues when I got her and for too long I made excuses along those lines - "she's scared, I can't push her out of my space!", among other things. No longer. She has beautiful manners and far more trust in me for the fact that I will not tolerate rudeness but don't beat her for it.

    She is TWO and I can leave her tied for hours at a time [longest is three hours while I trimmed my gelding's hooves then rode then went to chat to my neighbour], and come back and she hasn't thrown all the things on the shelf next to the tie up point onto the ground like my mother's filly [same age] does, or even shifted from where she is when I leave.

    She stays where I put her until I give her the release command, stays back from her dinner until I say she can have it and walk away, hasn't stepped on my foot since the first and only time six or seven months ago, is good to handle ALL over even under her belly and back between her legs. No excuses has created a horse that's easy to get along with despite being so incredibly sensitive I have seen her go off in a huge bucking fit in the pasture because a bird landed on her rump. She's a chestnut Thoroughbred filly, and interestingly even Monty Roberts believes strongly in the 'myth' that red mares are more sensitive than any other colour or gender. Something to do with them having thinner skin and more nerve endings or something.
        03-27-2013, 07:44 PM
    Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
    Stop making excuses for your horse.

    She's tired? Tough. She still has to listen. Someone's messing with hay? Tough. Horses are bolting around madly in the next field? Tough. She is with YOU. She has to be paying attention to YOU.
    I am not making excuses for her. I did not say she wasn't listening to me, I said she was a little tired, making her slower.... SHE STILL LISTENED!!!! The owner of the farm came in to check hay, she wanted to check things out.... I DIDN'T LET HER!

    I know she has to listen to me. Even though those things happened, I still made her listen. I am NOT making an excuse for her. I know when she needs to be corrected, and I correct her. I make her listen to me.

    From when I got Breeze to now, and the time inbetween, she went from a disrespectful horse, to respectful. I am not saying I didn't make any mistakes... believe me, I made a lot. I fixed them... things are better now.

    Just because I say 'she was tired' or 'she was distracted' doesn't mean I am making an excuse for her. She did not have any bad behaviour that day, she was respectful. I simply said those things because yes... she was tired... doesn't mean she didn't listen (i never said she didn't listen) and when I said she was a little distracted... yes she was... but I made her focus on me.

    I am just trying to say... I know when Breeze is being disrespectful, and when she is being respectful. And just because I say that... doesn't mean I am making an excuse... because I wasn't.
        03-27-2013, 07:54 PM
    Also, today I decided to give Breeze a break from work... as she has been really good, and I have been working her everyday for the past week and a half. Tomorrow I will go out again and do the same stuff. Yesterday she was great too, no problems accept for when I took her for a walk, she got spooked, so I worked a little bit where she was spooky, then we were fine.
        03-28-2013, 10:57 PM
    I got my Bridle from!!! It is a nice looking bridle, but I would not use it today, to get Breeze use to the bit because it is too big!! She is 2 years old, do you think her head will grow anymore? I had the bridle on the tightest notch, and the bit was still almost out of her mouth! I think I am going to take off the bit, and see it the bridle fits the other horse, and see if I need to get a new bit to use.

    But for an update today, she was just great! A love to be around and work with. I took her out on the road, and she walked nicely behind me, and when I took her back in the yard, I took her to see the newborn calves. Then we saw some grass growing (finally!!!) so I took her over to see if she wanted any, and there was a big chute thing there, and she got scared of it, so I stayed there until she went up and sniffed it, and grazed by it, then I walked her around close to it, and she was good, so I put her back in her pen, did some yeilding and backing up, and let her go. I was only there for about 20 mins, because I had my sister take me and she doesn't like staying too long.
        03-29-2013, 01:00 AM
    Dont worry she has plenty of growing to do yet. Her head will get bigger.
        03-29-2013, 02:14 PM
    Okay, thanks, that is the only thing I was worried about, I just thought the bridle would fit her now, if it was on the tightest notch. I am suprised though, she allows the bit withough forcing her mouth. The bridle is about 2-3 inches to big, but it still might fit if I get a smaller o-ring snaffle, because the O-ring on the one I have is like 2 inches in diameter.

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