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post #1 of 23 Old 10-25-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Talking 365 Days of Walter

Well I want to start a journal about Walter. I also want to attempt a little project- posting a picture a day about Walter and a little blurb, or entry about his training, or whatever comes to mind. I know it will be hard, but I hope it will be interesting as well.

If you don't already know, Walter aka QAR Frosty Rock ( Qar Frosty Rock Appaloosa ) is a 2010 Appaloosa gelding out of Challenger CDN and QAR Specially Cool, both owned by the Qu'Appelle Appaloosa Ranch. I purchased and brought him home on October 15, 2011. He is registered with the ApHC and ApHCC.

Walter is my sweetheart, my heart horse, and probably the greatest thing in my life. Owning him I have learnt so much.

I need to go study- Nutrition... bah its so hard!

The first picture will be the newest picture of Walter and I together- taken yesterday by my co-worker Andy Sammons Sammons Digital Arts - Home
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-25-2012, 10:53 PM
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That's quite a commitment - good luck! I promise, if you post, I'll look

Ps nice picture
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post #3 of 23 Old 10-25-2012, 11:17 PM
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I'm in too.
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post #4 of 23 Old 10-26-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!I can't post pictures from work, so all my posts during the week will most likely be in the evening from my home laptop.

It snowed last night. I was late for work because everyone decided to drive really slow incase the intersections might be icy... oy. I am planning on going to the barn tonight. My cousin should be coming as well, and hopefully she will want to ride Walterbb! She has put on the majority of his rides to date. My uncle, her father, has ridden him a couple times. They are both excellent riders, and so good with the young ones. I am very grateful for my cousin.

I am currently looking for a trainer to send Walter to for a month or two this spring to get a solid amount of time put on him. I can't put it all on myfamily's shoulders to do this for me, and I do not have the riding skill setrequired to start a green two year old. I am just getting back into riding after a year or two hiatus. I have ridden a couple times this past year, but nothing substantial that would improve my riding. My goal is to lose some weight and build my balance. I need to get my seat back.

I rode Walter on Monday night. I lunged him for about ten minutes to make sure he was listening, and not going to be a tard-two-year old. I admit I am a little bit nervous when I ride him. Once we get going I relax though. At this point all weare doing is walking. Working on woah, backing, going over poles, circles, and moving off my leg. When my cousin rides she is working on more, as she is jogging, trotting, loping, working on picking up his shoulder, etc.

He trains in a modified English bridle (took the nose band off, itís been made smaller to fit his little head) with a D-ring snaffle with copper rollers. He also has a one year headstall with a loose ring snaffle on it, and split reins. I need to switch the split reins to my other bridle, as I like having him work in the d-ring bit right now. We have a circle y equitation saddle, and a nice Diamond Wool pad. Sometimes he wears a pair of Pegasus Air Boots on the front. They have a leopard print trim- very manly!

I will post a picture (or two!) tonight, and update on how everything is.
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post #5 of 23 Old 10-27-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Baby Walter <3

Laptop dying, will write about tonight's ride tomorrow!
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-27-2012, 04:53 PM
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That is quite interesting how his body spots have come out. I wouldn't have guessed that would have happened by looking at his baby picture (not that it's a bad thing as the spots are rather clever).
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post #7 of 23 Old 10-28-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I didn't have time to post yesterday, it was a very long and busy day. I was up at 215am Saturday morning. I went to watch my younger cousin plan volleyball around 8 with my aunt, was home around 3, and then I went out to the farm with them after a short visit with Bryan and packing my backpack. Then I hit bed around 830pm haha.

Friday night my cousin Christine came and rode Walter. She rode him for 40mins. She was working on moving his shoulders, teaching him he could do these things lol, and on bending. He is a cheater and just turns his head, not his body, and this also teaches him to move off the leg, not into it. After the ride we did some stretches with him.

This morning I emailed a trainer in our area, and if all works out he'll be going to see her in November sometime!!! I am so excited. My mom is going to pay for it as my christmas/birthday present. I will miss my boy, but it will be good for him, and then we can do more riding this winter to get ready for the May Spring Appaloosa show.

That's all I've got for now. I haven't seen the bb all weekend. I will be going tomorrow after work. On another note, it's snowing right now. Blegh.

Today I will post two pictures of the stinker! The first one is when he first got his cooler, and the second is from September. He's grown so much!
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That is quite interesting how his body spots have come out. I wouldn't have guessed that would have happened by looking at his baby picture (not that it's a bad thing as the spots are rather clever).
I know! I love it though. He looks so pretty, less plain. I didn't really want a chestnut, but I love him, and I wouldn't have him any other way.
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post #9 of 23 Old 10-29-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Squeee! Walter is going this weekend!!

I will miss my bb though :( 5 weeks is a pretty long time lol.

Tonight I lunged him and then we de-wormed him. He is starting to look so much like a horse now, not a silly baby. His new winter blanket should be here in the next week or two I hope. I am also waiting for a rain sheet AND his Canadian papers to arrive. Gosh, I've been waiting for his papers since September, and I know they are done haha, since he had his number at the show. Maybe I should go check the mailbox...

I finger combed Walter's silky tail tonight. So long and thick and soft... And turning white lol. Not much else to report. I've been working on homework all day. Ration balancing is so hard. Formula's hurt my brain. I am starting to get a grasp on it though. I need to have a hay analysis done so I can make sure Walterbb is getting all the nutrients, etc that he needs. I think my next course I take will be Marketing and Communication in the Equine Industry. Between my cousin and I we should be able to make my aunts website epic, and get the word out more about the horses.

Today's picture are Walter modeling the pretty Stubben sadle!
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Didn't do a whole lot with Walter tonight. We played in the arena. He followed me around (no lead rope, just a halter). We walked, stopped, ground tied and I walked a circle around him, then we went over the bridge, and then did another ground tie, this time with a larger circle. He is getting pretty good. I put an eye patch and clip on earring on him tonight so he could be a pirate for halloween, as I am not going to the barn tomorrow night. I will save those pictures for tomorrow!

I am getting more and more excited for him to go away for training, but at the same time I'm sad he will be away so long. Not much else to update on...

This image is prooving Walter is my stalker. He didn't want to go play with the camera man.
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