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post #11 of 15 Old 08-04-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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We think she must have rolled and got it caught under the round pen fence. She was in only the round pen at the time with no access to the adjacent stable yard, and the only thing in the round pen she could have hurt herself on was the fence.

It's just superficial scrapes, and one really small area that she scraped deep enough that it bled. Not even bad enough to bother dressing.

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post #12 of 15 Old 08-04-2012, 01:49 PM
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that's what sunnys cuts were like just enough for the hair to be gone:/ and look like he was attacked lol,, but he just scrapped himself up.. I hope that it goes away:/ << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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It will :) I'm not concerned at all about scarring, like I said it's all so superficial. I don't think the hair follicles were damaged at all, just the top layer of skin, and the hair was obviously ripped out. Like what happens when they get bitten by other horses.

The only bit that could potentially scar is the bit that bled, but that's tiny and young horses heal amazingly well/quickly.
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I let this die :/

ahaha but to bring it back to life I have an update from a couple weeks ago, she's learning about rugs and saddles at present. Tomorrow night she can have the canvas back on I think.

She's still awfully head shy but not as bad as she has been, and she's ACTUALLY COMING UP TO ME to be caught... not standing there hoping that if she ignores me I'll leave her alone, she's coming to me to be haltered.

She's been saddled 3 times thus far, washed several times due to rain scald, and is slowly learning that it doesn't matter if she misbehaves, she won't be beaten up.

I need to get her teeth done, and she's probably about due for a good oil drench and worming, but she'll need to be heavily sedated for all that so it's a job for the vet... and I want to give her another week before I do anything just in case. Some of you know about her going over the round pen fence? I'm being paranoid and taking precautions just in case she fractured something in her neck, but even if she had, in another week from now she'd be healed.

Big girl let me braid her mane and then a few days later I took it out and trimmed it because it was annoying me that it was all short in the top 1/3 of her neck and then really long in the bottom 1/3.

Her head's a funny size at the moment, her rope halter is cob size but her web halter is a full and both fit beautifully. I have another full size web halter that's miles too big! Her bridle is cob sized, but the browband is too tight, so I've ordered a full size which is getting posted on Monday. I'm going to mouth her/teach her to bridle myself, but I have no interest in being the first person on her back... my god can she REAR. So in all likelihood, she'll end up being broke sometime next year... or perhaps after that, depends on funds because I'll have to pay a professional and they don't come cheap.

Bridling is... interesting at the moment. She's ok until it gets near her ears and then she gets very worried. I get around that by putting it on without the bit attached, and then attaching the bit once it's all done up, but no matter what I do she's always stressy about it, so I'm considering forgetting all that stuffing around and just bridling her in the round pen (now repaired) until she gets over the fear. I haven't started mouthing her yet because I want her consistent in the tack before she starts learning about its functions.

Will see if I can get a photo of her in her bridle soon. For now, I will satisfy you all with a few of her saddled :) [edit; yes, saddle is WAY too long for her, I fully intend to buy one specifically for her when she eventually gets weight put on her back and it will be a lot less bulky; and YES it IS in the right spot, she has quite laid-back shoulders]
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-17-2012, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Little update from today, she was bridled again and is beginning to learn about bit aids. She's picking up giving to lateral pressure really fast, despite a couple of hissy fits, but is struggling with backing up. At present I'm teaching her from a standstill, and this is how I went about mouthing Satin (who I did a pretty darn good job of if I do say so myself)... although of course this method of mine is based entirely off instinct, and has absolutely no base in research/reading. I just want a consistent understanding of giving to bit pressure before I move on to long reining (and through that, teaching her about actually turning and stopping with bit pressure), because I don't want her having a panic attack in long reins. Too much likelihood of injury.

I would leave her mouth alone for another year if I wasn't intending to show her in-hand, I just don't feel like I have enough control with a filly slip and a well-mouthed youngster shown in a bit will be more controllable that way... it will be her first outing so I expect a very stressed youngster!

She was difficult to bridle and unbridle today, but that's nothing new, and she was easier than yesterday.

Photos attached I have a ribbon browband coming, for her, for shows, which is absolutely gorgeous and red, white and blue with some silver. The one she's wearing in the pics is too big, but better too big than too small, and the browband that came with the bridle IS too small.
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