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        02-07-2014, 06:21 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Kelli    
    I can't wait for them to put in the arena! It's going to be fantastic. I had to take my horse to Saddleback for 30 days of training. She's a great horse, but has been in the pasture for over a year before I got her. Thinking of selling her and getting an easy going trail horse so I can board back at Shady Creek. Ditto that on the weather, it has been horrible!
    Ditto on the arena. Let me know how it goes at Saddleback; I've driven by there a 100 times but haven't ever used their services.
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        02-08-2014, 07:59 PM
    Green Broke
    So I had planned on doing a bunch of stuff with Ana today but the weather just wouldn't cooperate.

    So I just gave her a really good grooming and did some light ground work with her. Of course as soon as I turned her loose in her paddock she went and rolled in the dirt.

    BO is in the middle of moving horses around so Ana got to run around on the big paddock for a little bit, and boy can that girl run - she had the best time. She kept trying to play with the horse in the neighboring paddock; it was really cute!

    I worry that I won't get to work with her as much as I want to because of the weather and lack of arena, so I'm trying to come up with different things I can do with her. I figured that if I can at least groom her and do ground work with her on bad weather days and then always try to ride on good weather days - even if it's just trail riding around the property, that should be enough to keep her in ridable condition.
        02-16-2014, 05:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Had a super productive weekend working with Ana. Friday, I walked her through the scary pasture with all the strange horses and she did fine. I got her groomed and the girth fitted with the saddle and then walked her back without incident.

    I rode her for the first time Saturday. It went really well. It was super windy and a really hyper horse was stalled within a few feet of our riding area - didn't bother Ana one bit.

    After that we turned her out with the rest of the herd - no problem at all. She was more interested in finding the nearest hay bale. Some of the horses stared at her from a distance; others stopped by to check her out.

    I rode her again today and made a little video:

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    Despite distractions, she did very well. There were dogs and kids running around and a lady was cracking the whip on a horse in the paddock next to her. Ana perked up but didn't spook. I can't believe she is only 6 years old. She acted like a total pro.

    Had the farrier look at her feet - he said they look great and she moves great so no need to trim her feet today. She will just get added to the regular rotation schedule.

    Seriously I need the Staples Easy button. She's just so cool.
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        02-16-2014, 11:48 PM
    She is super cute!
        02-17-2014, 10:13 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Kelli    
    She is super cute!
        02-17-2014, 03:34 PM
    Glad to hear you two are getting along well ^^
        02-17-2014, 03:52 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    Glad to hear you two are getting along well ^^
    Thanks - have you been re-united with your horse yet?
        02-20-2014, 11:06 AM
    Green Broke
    I just bought Ana a dressage saddle of a tack trader FB page. I hope it works out. I didn't pay a whole lot for it so if it doesn't, I'll have a back-up or extra saddle. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making a decision; I spend probably 1 hour each day researching saddles...just can't really pull the trigger on anything solid.
        02-24-2014, 02:08 PM
    Green Broke
    I got off work early Friday so I stopped by to visit her. This was my second time retrieving her from the pasture so I was curious to see where she would be and how she would react to seeing me. I found her half-way down the pasture fiddling with the BO's satellite dish! As soon as she saw me she turned and walked to me - yay. I didn't have time to ride her so I just groomed her before walking her back.

    I went back Saturday and found her in one of the shelters sleeping. I put the halter on her and signaled for her to get up and she just looked at "do we really have to work today?" After thinking about it for a minute, she decided to get up so I walked her to the barn where I discovered that that my only set of reins had destroyed by some random barn critter. BO let me borrow his split Western reins so I decided to go trail riding since arena work seemed a little too complicated with all that extra rein.

    She did pretty good; only spooked once but didn't try to bolt or anything. I rode her right back to the spot that scared her and she was fine. It's so nice to be riding such a level headed horse.

    Went back on Sunday. This time she was way down at the other end of the pasture. She's been hanging out with the two new TBs. Nice horses; one of them always follows me around. She didn’t walk to me this time but let me approach her and put the halter on her.

    I was too tired/run down to ride yesterday; plus I didn't feel like fiddling with Western reins again. Hopefully my replacement reins will arrive soon. Note to self: always buy two of everything. When I walked her to the barn I discovered that the perpetrator responsible for destroying my reins had been apprehended :) It would probably be easier if BO just invested in a barn cat; he said he's thinking about it.

    I ended up just giving her a really good grooming and turning her back loose in the pasture.
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        02-24-2014, 03:14 PM
    ^It's great that you're getting so much riding time! Are you just loving being a horse owner?? (8
    And sometimes going out and grooming can be fun. I think it helps build a bond, since then they don't always associate your presence with work. XD

    I have been reunited with my horse. (: But, because of my little accident, I still can't ride. I go out a couple times a week and love on him and feed him and groom him and (and and and x.x) turn him out. If all goes well (and it has so far) I can ride starting in March. I am stoked.

    I posted new pics recently; here's my thread if you ever want to check it out 8D

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