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post #1 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Sarah and Jager's progress thread

Okay, so here it is, FINALLY.

My trainer decided to get a horse and board it in my barn. Not just any horse. A 3 year old Shire stallion with no training and very minimal human contact.

He is a biter and a kicker. He's tried to bite me several times, but seems like he's getting better. I haven't done a whole lot of ground work with him yet, but Jon the trainer has been working with him daily. He's started to longe and will pick up his front feet if you use a lead or longe rope to lift them.

Today was farrier day. He was drugged with enough sedative to make him wobbly and seem like he could barely stand... He stood nicely for his front foot to be done, but when the farrier got to his back he was a kicking maniac. So the farrier said you have 2 options, more drugs or we bring him outside and lay him down and tie him up so no one gets hurt. So outside we went. He back feet looked like they'd never been done. Ever. This was probably why. But they got done nonetheless.

Doing okay....

Still doing okay...

Then he started to kick like crazy, so....
This had to happen...

And then he was fine. It looks worse then it was. It didn't hurt him at all, just made it safer for the farrier to get the job done. He needs some serious work around his feet!! He's definitely a project, that's for sure!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 05:36 PM
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o_O that looks crazy but at least he got his feet done.

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hahaha the position he is in made me chuckle alittle... but glad he had the hooves taken care of. keep us posted with updates :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 07:34 PM
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well hey atleast you have a confident knowledgeable farrier! :] haha

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 07:46 PM
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^ Agree! What an awesome farrier that didn't just shut things down, but provided options instead. Now you have four weeks to teach him how to pick up his feet! :) Good luck with him.

Will he remain a stud, do you know?
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 09:44 PM
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I agree, atleast he tried, and when it didn't work, offered an option that kept you all safe, and got a job that definitely needed to be done, done for now.

Now in the next 4-6 weeks the trainer can hopefully get his feet and legs desensitized and handled well enough for the horse to have his feet done right next time. He is a young horse, so he will learn quickly.

And I also wonder, will he be gelded?

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Sounds like someone likes a challenge...
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He keeps going back and forth about gelding him. But today I saw a glimmer of hope when Jon and the farrier were talking about where they were going to have the vet geld him. I am very hopeful that the boy will be gelded, but he isn't my horse, so its not up to me.

However, for a stallion with no training he is VERY good around mares and around MY stallion. Surprisingly, I have seen zero studdy behavior from him so that's good. I just feel like the less stallions people have the better. My stallion doesn't count, because he's MINE haha. No I will ONLY breed to approved mares with good temperaments and exceptional conformation. I don't know what Jon's requirements are for breeding, but I would be willing to bet money is on the top of his list
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I think he's decided to geld him. WAHOOOOO!

SO, Jon got on Jager today. First time anyone's been on him. EVER. It went much better then I'd expected... Although he did give him a dose of ACE before he got on. He cheated.

Here are some pictures. Anyone know how I post a video?

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 11:49 PM
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Looks like he did pretty good for his first time w/a rider!
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