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    07-02-2013, 04:48 PM
Green Broke
Soo..I'm going to ditch arena riding until it dries up enough that she doesn't slip in the mud, since I'd like to do some rail work.

But, I did lunge her today. I got looked at like I was crazy when I lit a cigarette while I was lunging her, lol. I have her on vocal cues only, no body cues aside from stopping, which is easier on me. We still can't get a nice walk on the lunge, but our trot and canter is lovely! She tracks up amazingly well at the trot and she actually reaches under herself very well during the canter. I love it!!!

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    07-02-2013, 06:52 PM
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Her weight is looking great!
    07-16-2013, 12:22 AM
Green Broke
Thanks, Endiku!

Anywho..not an update on her so much as her living

She'll be back at the barn I learned to ride in before the month is over (hopefully).
All I have to do is see if I'm required a 30 day notice, get hay from my aunt (and maybe need to find another farmer with hay as well), and get a trailer arranged. I'll either borrow, rent, or hire someone to trailer as I plan to grab my hitch this weekend.

But..She just doesn't respect the fence with no electricity, and I can't have that. My old (soon to be new) BO has all electric fencing set to cattle strength, so hopefully she'll stay in and not try to play with it.
I'll still have an indoor, albeit very small. A grass outdoor and a round pen. I'll also have all my lovely old trails back (as soon as I get them all cut back lol).
And the best part?? I'll be able to ride on the road again!
I'll also get to keep tabs on Lucky, my old lease mare who's not doing so well...

But, as soon as I get the finances, transportation, and hay figured out, we'll be good to go.(: And I'll be able to go out and see her everyday too because the farm is only about 5-10 minutes from my house! *squeals*

Ooooh, I forgot the reaaal best part! I have a whole 12ft wall of tack space!!! So my bridles, halters, chains, etc won't be hanging on my saddle horn, and I'll have a rack for my saddle pads, lol.
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    07-18-2013, 06:52 AM
Green Broke
Even better

Picking hay up today and moving it to my new barn, moving all my tack (out of my garage, truck, and soon to be old barn lmao), and trailering on monday!
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    07-22-2013, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
Well, apparently I'm all of a sudden not allowed on the property past 9pm..Which was never said to me and isn't in my contract.
The only time I have a trailer available to leave is 10pm. Honestly, I understand that no one wants a trailer rattling up their driveway at 10.30, but I offered to leave both trucks and trailer on the road and walk up to get my horse and things. And then I got the BO's husband telling that I'm not to be there after 9, end of discussion.
Which, is utter bull, IMHO. I will get my horse when I can get my horse, I tried my best to be courteous to the fact that she lives on the property..apparently that isn't worth anything.

If it isn't in my contract, I'll be ****ed if I can't go get my horse to leave. I've been at the barn riding and cleaning my stall at 10.30, I don't see why it's all of a sudden an issue.

I should not have to be this stressed. I found a friend that would trailer for free since I don't have the extra money to pay someone to haul, there's a reason for that.
I've been so stressed lately, I haven't gotten any good sleep in weeks, and now this on top of it. Ugh!
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    07-29-2013, 09:55 AM
Green Broke
Soo..I got Alahna to our new barn and she gets along GREAT with my old lease horse Dude that was the first horse I successfully restarted.

Yesterday I tacked her up and we left the barn around 5 to go meet a friend that lives a couple miles down the road to go ride his trails. She did absolutely AMAZING on the road alone and didn't slide too much with her shoes. We ended up losing a shoe somewhere along the trail (probably struggling around a tree she wouldn't jump over), but the trails were AMAZING! Talk about some difficult trails, definitely going to do more of those when she gets all the way up to weight and these trails will definitely get her up to par for endurance rides. We had to have ridden atleast 10 miles last night.

But on our way back after leaving my friend and his pony..well, that's when the problems started, except it wasn't anything because she was alone I don't think.

We made our way along the shoulder of the road and were doing alright, even though she was a little anxious. And then, apparently Semis are MUCH different than normal cars and trucks. We stopped on the shoulder just so we weren't still moving around and she decided she was going to fly backwards out in front of it..I thought we were done for. So I'm going to need to borrow a dump or such to work with that..

She also decided to take off down the road while we were trotting around a bend (didn't want to go too slow and risk getting hit because the shoulder is nonexistent) and my phone just so happen to fly off and I could NOT get her stopped for almost a half mile. A nice guy picked my phone up and flew down the road behind me trying to give it to me. So, atleast it survived.

Anywho, we made it back to the barn and I'm alive :p
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    08-03-2013, 11:02 PM
Green Broke
Soo..I found something out today about Alahna and people..
I've been wondering what her issue is about someone coming up to her in her stall, but couldn't find any type of explanation..
Well, BO's boyfriend is here for the week and had me realize (it didn't even click until he actually explained and didn't just show me) that it's only females she pins her ears at and occasionally bares teeth..She perked her ears up for him and as soon as I took a step toward her they were pinned flat against her head again. So I think tomorrow I'll be going to the barn and sitting/standing outside her stall for a few hours to see if that'll change anything.

I've never done anything but take her out and put her back in a stall, but obviously there's something about her being in a stall and a female walking up. Come to think of it, at the last barn she'd perk her ears up at Charles and then pin them at me, even when I was bringing food.

It's only when she's stalled though. Not when she's tied, standing, turned out, etc.

So..just a little update on something I realized today. :/
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    08-12-2013, 12:20 AM
Green Broke
Soo..Alahna is doing MUCH better at this barn!
Switched her feed yesterday (mixing for a few days) to SafeChoice pellets with an extra fat percentage and a buck cheaper a bag :p
Decided on our plan to get her completely restarted.(: The rest of August is just going to be more and more groundwork and lunging (to build muscle, all trotting with a bit of canter here and there). Come September we'll be starting our 30 days undersaddle from scratch, as if I've never rode her before and she's not broke. The first half will be all walk/trot emphasising leg/seat and moving each part of her body with a cue, which will also have even more groundwork, lol. I'm going to get her back into either the BOs sidepull or the snaffle I was riding her in and have feather light rein cues instead of having to pull every once in awhile.
Next half will start the canter and continue working on the trot and we'll be walk/trot to learn the gaming patterns.

When 30 days is over we'll start loping the pattern and getting the pattern solid. We'll also hit some trails and work with road riding again (she almost killed us both by flying backwards in front of a none of that until she's completely finished now :/ ). Over the winter we'll be working with trot rollbacks and going to the winter barrel shows where we'll exhibition and maybe enter a class or two depending on how she's coming along. Here we'll also ensure safe and appropriate gate etiquette and warm-up ring chaos.

Soo, next year, she should be ready to actually compete in the spring/summer shows. (:

And because every post here about a horse is absolutely useless without at least one picture, here's a picture of our lunging session today while her pasturemate called for her and other boarders were running their horses around.(:

She's looking so much better and her trot just gets better and better everytime I actually lunge her with a goal to reach (instead of just for exercise).
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    08-12-2013, 11:56 PM
Looking good! Woah what a journey lol
    08-13-2013, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
Thanks, it's been stressful! I think it'll slow down with the stress now..She's gaining weight at the right speed and her ground manners are just impeccable! I don't think I've seen anyone around here able to move their horse without touching like I can move her. I point, she goes. I wiggle my finger and she either comes or backs, depending on which verbal cue I use. She lunges with just voice (I avoid lunging her with body because occasionally I want to smoke a cigarette or talk on the phone. Today was a little off though, she was a little feisty going into the canter and was very much so against it (I'll bet money it's because she's in heat right now) and had no problem letting me know, haha.

Other than the little issue getting her to canter, she did awesome. She even stretched out long and low with her trot a few times, all on her own!

So, a few pictures of todays lunging, including the nice buck she gave me, haha.

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