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        03-18-2012, 12:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Not a fun day for sure. But you worked him, got him on your wave-length. Dealing w/youngsters is challenging,just hang in there. Sorry that the BO has that attitude-that certainly was a lot of stimulation & Aries is a youngster & sometimes that will just come out. It will be getting warmer soon & that will probably be a help . We're having rain ,snow & wind here-how about you?
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        03-22-2012, 12:02 AM
    Thanks. Cacowgirl. Aires definitely said "I'm sorry" today. Lol I went out to clean his stall (yay muddy icky mess...blech!) and he followed at my elbow EVERYWHERE. Usually when I'm using the rake, he is on the other side of his stall acting like he's going to be eaten by the darned thing. He was also highly intrigued by my watch and boots, for some reason. Oh, and my phone. I was texting my friend, answering her questions about the condition of her stall and horse since she hasn't been able to get out there all week (usually she's out every day) and Aires kept trying to lip my phone.

    Anyway, if it hadn't snowed, I was going to try to ride him every day after work until Thursday, when my surgery is. However, with the snow and the fact that he REALLY needs his feet done (not going to say how long it's been), it might not happen. Everything at the barn is a yucky, muddy, mucky mess, and the round pen is half-flooded.
        03-27-2012, 08:53 PM
    So, no surgery for me. My insurance sucks and only pays $250 of the facilities fees. The facilities fees are almost $3000. I have to come up with at least half the amount before they'll do it, which leaves me less than 48 hours to come up with almost $1500. Yeah, not going to happen.

    I am just so tired of being in pain.
        03-28-2012, 08:16 AM
    Green Broke
    What! They wait until the last minute to inform you? Unbelievable! So sorry, can you appeal or something?
        04-02-2012, 05:18 PM
    Had Aires' feet trimmed by a different farrier today. My regular farrier is difficult to get a hold of and unless you're having multiple horses done, he usually wants to wait to come out until there are more horses. So, I decided to give the regular barn farrier a try. I liked the job she did, but she's kind of slow (methodical, is probably a better word, but an antsy three-year-old standing in the gusting wind and cold definitely sees that as slow). She's also MUCH more strict than my other farrier. My other farrier would allow Aires to nudge his belt as long as he didn't nip, but this farrier wanted Aires' head nowhere near her. That was really difficult with my bum shoulder. I told her several times that I was having a hard time holding him, but she kept getting upset with me that he would move. My friend couldn't help, either, because she's got a fractured wrist. Finally, we put a stud chain on him to do his back feet (which he's usually worse about). He was much better after we added the chain.

    So, we're going back to basics. Tons of groundwork. He was being SUCH a pill and kept running over me. I have a few Clinton Anderson vids that I'm going to be watching, which will hopefully give me ideas.
        04-09-2012, 08:26 PM
    I was just having fun looking through Aires' sire's pedigree. Came across a lot of big names, including Leo, Joe Hancock, Two Eyed Jack, War Admiral, Man O War, Bold Ruler, and Poco Bueno. The only name right on his face papers is Two Eyed Jack, but he does have Leo just off his papers (one generation back). Just thought that was funny. Just goes to show that big names on a pedigree don't necessarily make for a good horse (meaning Aires' sire, who is incredibly fugly).
        04-18-2012, 02:59 AM
    So, a little update.

    The boy is shedding out like none other! I swear every time I groom him I take off enough hair to make a mini. What's funny is that now (after taking a shedding blade to him twice), his coat is like a normal horse's winter coat. Lol

    He's getting better about minding his manners on the ground. I bought a dressage whip to carry with me in case he doesn't listen and all it took was once. He didn't stop when I did once and got whacked across the chest with the dressage whip. Now he stops when I do.

    He's still a pill about his left hind hoof being picked out, but today I whacked him HARD across the butt with the crop if he tried to take his foot from me. All it took was twice and then he stood there just fine.

    I was able to try my English saddle on him again (haven't had it on him since I bought it several months ago). I had already let him loose in his stall and on a whim decided to grab my saddle and set it on him. Didn't have to tie him or anything. Just walked up, let him sniff the saddle and settled it on his back. It actually looks like it fits rather well! Now I just need leathers, stirrups and a girth. *sigh*
        05-01-2012, 12:09 AM
    Today. Was. AMAZING!!!

    So, I finally went out to the barn with the express intent of riding. It was going to happen, come hell or high water.

    Got the barn around 10:30am, after going to the feed store and one of the local tack stores (sold one of my cameras, so I had money!). My friend had a couple of endurance saddles she wanted to try on her gelding, so she pulled him out and brought him up. The first one (I had picked it up at the tack store where it was on consignment) didn't fit at all, but the second one (belongs to our BO) looked like it fit pretty well, so she cinched him up and went to lunge him to see what the sweat pattern looked like. While she was lunging her gelding, I pulled Aires out and tied him up at the front.

    He was being a little brat and acting like he'd never seen a saddle pad before and pulled back a little when I went to saddle him, but overall he was good. He even reached for the bit when I went to bridle him. So, my friend got out of the round pen just as I finished tacking up and I decided to take him in the round pen because he was being a little butt. So, I had my friend walk behind us (we're still having issues going to the round pen, but part of it today was that there were people on the wash rack with a dog [wash rack is right next to round pen] and he was like "WTH?!") and we went into the round pen. He listened sooooooooooooooooo well!!! Executed all the transitions I asked for, including going into a canter without me having to get after him, after only having to ask once. He even pulled a little "dressage horse" on me and did a flying lead change (but one of those skipping lead changes...can't remember what they're called...I suck tonight lol). Sooooo, we come out of the round pen and head down to the arena to ride. My friend was walking her gelding cool and on the phone with the trainer, so I just headed down myself, thinking I could mount up.

    Well, someone decided they didn't want to stand all. My friend came down after she got off the phone with the trainer and held him for me (tied her gelding to the fence outside the arena so he could graze). Even with her holding him, it took a good three or four minutes for him to stand still enough for me to mount up (from the FENCE, I might add!).

    So, I finally got mounted up and we start walking around. Someone decided they had apparently forgotten EVERYTHING they've ever learned about giving to the bit and leg cues because we fought for a good five minutes. He ignored the bit and ignored me. Finally, he realized that I wasn't going to give up and go away, and that he actually needed to listen. After he figured that out, he was awesome!

    We even did a little trotting!! He took off at a nice medium trot with just a squeeze, a cluck and the word "trot." And he transitioned back to the walk as soon as I asked him to.

    After our ride, he got a full-on, soaped-up bath on the wash rack! He's never had a full bath (with soap) and trying to get him on the wash rack last year was an exercise in futility. My friend was giving her gelding (Aires' best friend) a bath, so I just casually led Aires up onto the rack too. Then when my friend was done with the hose, I started in on Aires. He stood there like an old pro! He did freak out a little when he saw the soap running across the wet concrete, but he settled down after he realized it wasn't going to eat him. He's so clean and sparkly and soft now!

    All in all, it was a wonderful day!

    Be sure to check out the pics in my "Just some pics of Aires" thread!
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        06-10-2012, 10:53 PM
    Hey, you've been so quiet! How is life and how is Aires?
        06-11-2012, 12:48 AM
    Life is CRAZY with my new job. I've been working twelve days straight with two days off, and working bell-to-bell (open to close) three or four days a week, which make for 10 to 11 hour days. Thursday I worked a 14 hour day. This has meant that I haven't been out to see my boy nearly as much as I'd like. However, I just changed dealerships at my job (was at Toyota, now working at our GMC/Buick dealership right next door) and my schedule is MUCH better, so I'm hoping to spend a lot more time out at the barn.

    As for how Aires is...well, the last time I rode him, I realized he needed his teeth done, so I haven't ridden him since. My friend has been working on lunging on the line with him and says he's doing it like an old pro now. I hope to get his teeth floated and feet done on my next check. I'm also getting a NICE Stubben saddle with everything for $275.

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