Well..I've definitely been working too much to do much of anything with her, if I even make it out! But, Keith helped me bale hay today ($262.50 for 75 bales of second cut) and I brought her in to feed and brush her a bit :p
She looks like a COMPLETELY different horse! With me not seeing her all week, she's still gaining weight, just slower now. She's soo close to completely filled in, her hips aren't boney anymore and you can only see her ribs every now and then!
Anywho..lots of updates, probably won't be getting too many pictures for a bit though, or atleast until the weekend.
She's down to one scoop of grain with one scoop of Cool Calories daily, and out to pasture with no hay since the grass is still pretty good in the pasture she's in.
So, like I said, I didn't see her all last week and she's now extremely buddy sour/herdbound. I don't think it'll take long to fix since what happened last night (explain later), but it's obvious that I need to see her more than once a week, even if it's just 10 minutes of brushing and some groundwork. Which, honestly, I'd love to be out there for an hour or two everyday, but I'm currently stuck on a job leaving at 5am and not getting back until 7-9pm; and by that time, I still need to eat, shower, and run a few errands. My time is all taken up and I hate it because I want time for my baby girl, she's like a big, furry child! LOL
But anywho, I've devised a plan for her, which I'll be out daily for (hopefully, no more than one day off at a time though). Our daily work will be all in sight of the turned out horses in her pasture, along with another herd of three that she can hear.
1. Grooming while ground tied.
-yielding haunches and shoulders
-flexing neck in both directions
-2 minutes walk clockwise for warmup
-6 minutes trot clockwise
-2 minutes walk clockwise
-turn on haunches to change direction into 6 minutes trot counter-clockwise
-2 minutes walk counter-clockwise to cool down
4. Groundwork without halter
-return halter to hanging position at stall
-return to run-in/indoor arena and close gate to stalls
-open pasture gate out of arena
-walk to middle of arena and continue actual groundwork including what was listed above
-walk to gate leading out of arena and send out to turnout
5. Go home. Lol
We did all that yesterday and she did AMAZING! She only tried moving three times while grooming and then stood quietly, peaking back and giving my butt hugs occasionally, lol. I had to regain her attention twice during the halterless groundwork, but I can't complain, we haven't worked without a halter since before I moved her to my current barn. BUT, she didn't take off when I took her halter off, nor when I opened the gate to the pasture, which was my main concern.
So later today Keith is suppose to come put with me to the barn after work..which is nice, I'm glad I found a guy that's already in the farm/country life and actually WANTS to go out with me and knows what and why I'm doing things. Plus, who can say no to giving a guy a chance when he offered to help with hay, didn't know how MUCH hay, AND did most of the work? With a cute butt to boot!!! LOL
So, hopefully my half hour of grooming didn't go to waste when I get there today, haha.
But anywho, her schedule for the week will consist of what I explained previously with undersaddle work done on saturday/sunday when I have a larger area to work in (since I'm not riding in the dark and actually trying to train her haha).
AND, I mayy be getting either a yearling or a bottle calf come spring. (:
But anywho, can you tell I'm excited?? Haha Posted via Mobile Device
Well..haven't had much time lately, but I think I'm going to start a lesson program with Alahna relatively soon. Beginner lessons now and I can get more into advanced lessons as I have time to train her more.
I took my friend, Roxy, out to ride and they both did AMAZING. I swear Alahna just knew Roxy had no idea what she was doing and had nothing against her for it.
We brought her in from the field and I had Roxy brush her and love on her a bit before I tacked her up and got on myself first. She had her usual attitude, but slightly less since she was in heat (yes, she did come into heat this late in the year, oddly). I walked/trotted her and did a bit of quick lunging before I got Rox on. She stood to be mounted (oddly at that lol) and then we worked on getting her to move and turn. At first it was a little shaky since this is Rox's first time riding without being led around. I grabbed the whip to stand in the middle of the arena while I coached Rox. She forgave Rox when she pulled a bit on her mouth when she felt she didn't have enough control (couldn't get my stirrups up any higher, so I left them hang), she stopped when Rox went to one side or the other, etc etc. We had slight problems with turning, but that will come with a better seat and hand control, along with stirrups to help a bit with leg aids.
All in all, she did great. She wouldn't go forward if Rox had any sort of contact, she stopped on a dime when Rox sat back and actually meant to gather the reins and said whoa. I honestly don't even have words to explain how great I felt and how proud of Alahna I was. It was absolutely beautiful. Her ears were perked the whole time (never pinned them) and she seemed to really enjoy herself. Maybe she'll have to be a beginner lesson horse and my personal game horse. Those are the two things she really seems to enjoy.
But I know we're all looking for updated pictures of her.(:
She gave another lesson!
She did GREAT for the boy, and I didn't even give him the saddle, I figured he'll be riding bareback when Drew takes over his lessons (Drew doesn't do saddles..if you can't ride bareback, you don't ride), so why not just start bareback.
The thing I didn't tell him though until afterwards is that no one has ever been on her bareback...ever, LOL. I knew she'd be fine as long as I lead her around, so I lead him until she relaxed and stopped tensing up and pinning her ears everytime he shifted his weight. And then I tied my lead rope to her halter and turned them loose in the small indoor. She did amazing. She turned, went, and stopped as he asked. He needed to actually make her twice at first because she drifted to the gate, but he handled it just fine and she decided she was going to just listen and not complain, haha.
And bad me made him take his shirt off before I told him how to get off xD We all thought it was hilarious. He even trotted a bit too, and he seemed to stay real balanced and just moved with her.
Well, I've been slacking on this..but nothing too interesting has been missed aside from the fact that she tried to attack me while lunging, out of nowhere. She was trotting circles, ears perked/on me, and the next second I see her coming in at me ears pinned and teeth bared..I stomped towards her, hollered, and took my lead rope to her ass and we continued like nothing happened, didn't do it again. So I'm baffled about that.
But back to last night's visit.(:
Went out and decided I was going to ride since it was still light out and everything. Well, I almost smacked off the ground and slid down the hill on my backside..so I tossed that idea out the window real quick, haha. I brought her in from the field, gave her back and sides a quick brush, and decided I was going to ride bareback inside where it was about 10* warmer.
Since I still hadn't found a bit that she actually likes I was looking through my bridles to see what bits I haven't tried yet. I found my Jr. Cow on a rope bridle I made awhile ago (for a MUCH larger head than hers xD) that's adjustable to a point. I figured I'd size that bridle to her face and then make her a custom one when I got home (I think we're going to go to black/neon green instead of black/red). She wasn't all that happy about me putting the bridle on and the bit hanging all wonky in her mouth, but she stood well enough for it. The browband turned into a one-ear..But she did great. Barely had to touch my reins, and when I did her head looked like we were in a pleasure class. Nose was just slightly in front of the vertical, poll level with her withers, etc. It was beautiful.
We also worked on her standing for me to mount bareback and being comfortable with it. I could just hop on, but I don't want her to dislike bareback just because of the mounting process. I think she's scared about me plopping down with no saddle to give her some protection. So I stood on the block and rubbed her back, got down, got back up, etc for about 15 minutes before I actually got on. She still walked off once I was up there, but that's okay, we'll work on that another time.
Overall she did awesome. I'm not comfortable dropping my reins and laying on her like I would/have on other horses, but I'm sure we'll get there by the end of winter.
Well..I'm slacking on this, lol. But, this past week did a lot for her. She's much more supple and figured out how to sit her butt down and bring her shoulder up to cross her front legs over during a turn. Last time we worked on turns, she refused to cross her front legs for a faster one and she had to slow down immensely to turn, not to mention how wide the turns were.
Since she didn't like the snaffle last time I put it on her, I have her in the tear-drop shanked double jointed bit that I love. That or the 3-piece reiner I have, depending on if I'm actually tacking her up or throwing the rope bridle on and hopping on bareback.
She's also doing great with standing still to mount. Still wants to walk off every now and then, but we work on it each time.
This month we'll keep working on moving off leg, picking her front end up and sitting down some more, better stops, giving to the bit, and neck reining. I'm sure that'll include figure eights, rollbacks (walk/trot), and maybe some riding out in the fields.
Come February we'll be moving barns and I'll have a brand new indoor arena to play with, along with a ton more trails, hopefully some riding up to my friend's house and tying to various odd objects, and letting me demonstrate training techniques on her while I help a friend break a filly.
I'm definitely excited to move barns with her and have a full size arena to work in, complete with great lighting and a stereo system! I'm sure once we get there I'll be having a ton more pictures and maybe even some videos :p
Soo..I started doing some tricks with Alahna.(:
This is her "showin' me", lol. Basically picking her leg up and doing a carrot stretch. Apparently she's more comfortable touching her nose to her chest with her leg out of the way..and it's adorable, so there it is, lol. All I do is tell her to "show me" and tap her leg, lol. She's still figuring out touching her chest on her right, but we'll finish that next time :p
Otherwise..we're on the ground until either she fixes her own back or I get the chiro out.
I don't know what on earth happened to my horse.. o.o
She's headshy, running through gates that haven't been opened, not caring about personal space (until you correct her once..then she flies around the arena pulling away), paces while she's tied (never did anything but stand with a leg cocked) all of a sudden. Good GOD.
I swear, someone must've took my **** horse! No..I'm going to assume it's because she's been stuck in a stall for the past three days since I'm sure someone will break a leg outside or slide through an electricn, high tensile fence.
But anywho..BO called me two nights ago telling me Alahna ran through the arena/walkway gate while she was standing at in with it cracked talking to someone. Well, she sliced her shoulder open on the corner, but it was fine to leave overnight and then decide on what I was going to put on it.
Well, not as bad as I figured it'd be..It's a bit sore, but I'm going to put Aloe on it twice a day and hope it heals completely within two weeks because I'm riding her to my new barn on the 31st..