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post #1 of 30 Old 08-17-2010, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Update on Jynx (w/ pics)

Hehe, sorry no "new" pics, my camera met an untimely accident this past weekend involving a bachelorette party and a go kart. But I have some pics from our last trail ride a couple weeks ago! We've been in the midst of a heat wave, and it's been closing in on +40 celsius for the last while so we got up at 5:30am to go trail riding! It was pure BLISS - we did the almost 8km trail, and we were back by 8am and back to the air conditioned house before it ever got hot!

Problem "unofficially" solved. I'm hesitant to start celebrating yet, but it poured rain all weekend so I finally had to bring her inside to tie her to the arena wall. I left her a little longer then normal so she had breathing room, and even in the midst of the other horses freaking out, the polo people partying in the aisle, and the tractor coming in to clean stalls, she handled it like a pro. Actually, a little TO pro - we brought them in soaking wet on Sunday from a driving rain, and apparently she got a little tired of standing in the delightful sand because I turned my back for 1 minute and she LAID DOWN and tried to ROLL. I very calmly but quickly walked over to her and smooched for her to get back up which she calmly did and gave me the "WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO?!" look. We turned them loose after that and holy moses, I have NEVER seen that group of girls go so loco. Jynx pulled some truly impressive airs above the ground!

Progress! We've started some ground work to get her working well off her forehand, and turning on her haunches to my pressure on her neck or side. She's still sluggish about it, but getting quicker. We've given up on the wall because now she's having panic attacks about it - she's associated the wall with getting booted one to many times and just can't even focus. I can get her to do a complete turn on the forehand without moving her planted front leg off right leg pressure! I am so darn proud of her. And we're getting some sideways movements and a little yield working off the left, but she gets upset easily and whips her head around and bump my boot. I'm really wondering if she doesn't have some rib pain going on? I'd expect that to not last long though. We're keeping it brief and it's going well, we haven't had a massive blow up fight over it for the last couple rides now so I'll just keep working at it.

In other news, her tying has gone SO well, she's halfway trained to ground tie now. It's hilarious. I'm pretty sure she's just to lazy to bother moving, but I can leave her at the rail and she'll just stand and wait for me. We've also made IMMENSE progress on her moving while I mount and her canter cues. Oh and her nipping is done as well, and she can even be handfed treats now without getting stupid about it.

Anyway, cookies for anyone who reads the entire thing and some pics of our last trail ride together!

Side shot - she'd gained about 30lbs but seems to have lost it again. I'm not worrying to much unless she starts losing even more.

Butt shot

The crack of dawn!

Me and Ashley

Eve's ears

More of Eve's ears

GAH, the blinding sun!

Yes I am lopsided. Yes I am aware I'm lopsided. I actually honest to god have a leg that is "several inches" shorter then my other one and my hips are screwed up. It's a work in progress with my chiropractor.

Grassy part!

Trot time!

LOL, my camera doesn't like dawn.

Then we had fun - she was TERRIFIED of that itty bitty stick, and I had to get quite INSISTENT that I was scarier then a twig...

...so she LEAPT over it and tried to bolt...

...and got shut down pretty hard.

She get's over it easy, haha.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-17-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and some recent lunging pics! These were from last week:

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post #3 of 30 Old 08-18-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'm doing what I never do and bumping this just once because I spent a lot of time typing it out and I know SOMEONE has to be proud of her!

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #4 of 30 Old 08-18-2010, 06:16 PM
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What a cutie she is! She looks to be coming along great! I need to get up early and beat the heat to ride-I always end up doing evening rides and getting home at dark-thirty because I'm not much of a morning person!
How old is Jynx, and how long have you been riding her?
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post #5 of 30 Old 08-18-2010, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Shes's almost 3 and 1/2 now, and I started light riding on her in fall, just some walk and trot throughout the winter. I'm starting to push her a little harder now, although mostly just transitions and the basics like leg pressure. Lots of trotting to work on muscle, and set her up for next year to start some light endurance and barrels.

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post #6 of 30 Old 08-18-2010, 06:21 PM
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Good Job, she looks great.

My horse also thinks little sticks have horse eating trolls under them.

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Looking good...she's so darn cute!!!

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Love the pics... cute horse! I envy all the greenery, even though it is hot where you are. Here everything is browning and drying out! Keep up the good work!
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post #9 of 30 Old 08-19-2010, 12:09 AM
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Yay!! You know how much I love Jynx!! I'm so glad to see that she is still progressing well. You've done an excellent job with her. Has she also gotten over her tendency to pull on the lunge line? Anywho, congrats on your progress, I am very proud! =P
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-19-2010, 12:25 AM
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What a great job! I love that her marking on her right side looks like a profile of an old mans face! Shes adorable!
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