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        04-10-2012, 12:07 AM
      #21
    Foal
    I've lunged Buck for the last 3 days. I normally wouldn't lunge a horse this much but it's working out fine since he's never seemed to have done this before. His coat it really starting to shine (with lots of grooming) he's more dappled than I've ever seen him, and he's moving much better.

    Current challenges (lack of good saddle fit) so I'm taking advantage of this time to expose Buck to as many desensitizing aids as possible. Black plastic bags, clear plastic bags (there seems to be a difference to the horse) tarps, rain coat, anything I can get my hands on.

    Lunging issues: Buck is doing well on walking, trotting on the lunge line. However, he does well loping to the right, but balks a lot to the left. I know some of this is my positioning. He seems to veer out on the left causing confusion where he thinks I'm stepping in front of him. It just may take more practice for him to get this down. Otherwise I have to run behind him at his hip to stay behind him.
         
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        04-10-2012, 12:13 AM
      #22
    Foal
    I know I'm wordy. . . One other thing I notice is how he stops. He doesn't use his back end like I think he's supposed to. He slams his front legs into the ground which makes him bounce. It's weird. Don't remember seeing this before. He seems to be doing much better picking his feet up and isn't stubbing his back toes like before. The field I work him in is slightly uneven, but I want it that way so he watches his feet. It's not full of gopher holes or dangerous stuff like that just a field with some terrain changes. He's paying better attention to his feet and me so I'm liking the results so far his looks are just a
         
        04-10-2012, 12:22 AM
      #23
    Foal
    One more thing, maybe it's because he's an older horse (14) not sure but he doesn't join up ( or come to the center) like other horses I've worked. Maybe I'm missing something or I'm forgetting a step, but with him so out of shape ( which is improving rapidly) I'm not going to run him into the ground until he decides to come in. . . Yet. But that may be what I need to do. But I didn't want to risk injury and push him to fast. But it may be coming after his vet appointment in 2 weeks. I will check to see how much progress we're making and if it's even neccessary. Right now after lunging for exercise (with some education thrown in) He will follow me back with me backing up, side pass (a little) and move his hind end with out me touching him. He's doing really good considering it's been about 8 years since I've trained a horse and I way rusty. Good luck everyone with your horses progress!!
         
        04-11-2012, 12:45 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Another lunge day. Didn't have much time so I spent an hour lunging. He did much better holding his canter in both directions. He did stumble and fall today while at the trot (stubbed his toe). He's doing much better at hand commands and voice commands too. Hopefully will get some saddle/bareback time tomorrow with a light curb bit. (has to learn to use one for shows and 4H). Also I'm looking at adding the Cavelleti (probably spelled that wrong) but the ground poles for him to go over at different gaits. I'm going to looks up some different exercises I can do with him on the lunge line to keep us from getting bored and he can get well rounded training.

    Had to make some additional posts about his dirt eating and weird front end stops.
         
        04-11-2012, 10:14 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Some light lunging today but I added some obstacles. Put a small jump into the mix after warming him up. He took it like a champ! I was impressed. He didn't get dripping with sweat today like other days but he did well.

    Even better news, getting my new saddle this weekend! Then this post can get back to 60 days in the saddle. But everything happens for a reason and maybe Buck really needed these ground work days and maybe I did too. He's doing much better with his feet. He did really well over the poles and the jump and didn't. Any them once. I'm going to take his feet down a little more with the Mustang roll but have a sinking feeling he may need corrective shoeing on his home feet. I"ll have to ask a farrier and the vet and the chiropractor.

    Watch a you tune video on horse chiropractors. Wow sounded like twigs snapping. Will be very interested to see the adjustments they have in mind for Buck. He's moving well but his Hunter's Bump concerns me and the fact that the old vet didnt really explain or give any things to do to improve it or steer clear of. So new vet and new saddle (horse coming with to try on)! Really looking forward to the weekend and more training time!
         
        04-13-2012, 10:49 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Definately got a little "show bug" type stuff going on! Heading out to get Buck's new saddle tomorrow yay! Not more " we lunged again today" posted. Yet this is one of those. Buck had a day off yesterday due to other matronly duties. So today was a work day and work he did. Got a good sweat on him today and he is becoming a pro at lunging. Can't wait to ride again and start working on collection and all that fancy stuff that I'm not quite sure what it means yet :)

    Buck was introduced to the clippers today. He's got "whispy feet". About 2 inches of fluffiness at the base of his leg that got sheered off today. Looks like a different horse. He's looking and feeling so much better thanks to the wonderful information so many have added to this site. Still need to work on clipping by his head. That's going to take lots of practice. Do they really need their entire ears bald on the inside for western please? Yikes. Probably should sedate him for that would be the easiest way, he has a lot of hair in there!

    I also trimmed his front feet with the mustang roll and took his heels down a little. Hopefully we'll get back in time to ride tomorrow. I'll be adding pictures soon to show the fuzzy before and afters. I'm banking on him being a completely different horse by June. That's my goal but I'm going to have to start the 60 days in the saddle over again :) or maybe shoot for 15 and add to that since I may have set the bar too high at first. We'll see, right now I'm just hoping I can teach him something new everyday and increase his level of fitness.
         
        04-18-2012, 02:59 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Well the trip to get my horses new saddle ending in epic fail. I went to several pawn shops to check out saddles. A few nice deals, but no such luck fitting Buck. Then I took him to this huge saddle shop all excited that "THIS WAS THE PLACE!" Nope. I just need to grab someone that knows horses well that is willing to lend me a hand finding him the right saddle. So I lunged him yesterday. Will ride him bareback this evening. I was planning to take him to the National Park and ride several days while my husband is away, but don't know if I will be able to if I can find a saddle. Will have to ask the forum for advice on TWH saddles and where to buy them. However, he is looking very nice since his refresher began. I just hope to find a saddle for him soon.
         

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