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post #11 of 29 Old 04-18-2011, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Got a cheap little kids saddle for my niece this weekend. Doesn't fit Bella 100% but she doesnt seem to mind it and for the amount it's honestly going to get used, i'll just get a thicker pad.
Still need to get different stirrup leathers until my niece's legs grow some more
Bella is getting really good on the backup (Chico's worst area) and getting in and out of the trailer is not even a teeny issue now. They see the open door and head straight for it whether i ask them to or not!
Can't wait until all the mud, water and snow is gone!! Then i can set up stuff for them to go over & such
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post #12 of 29 Old 04-19-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Just went out and brushed the girls today. They are shedding like CRAZY!
Should be doing more tomorrow

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post #13 of 29 Old 04-22-2011, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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An update;
Took Bella & Chico out on wednesday. They both did good. CHico's getting alot better at the backup & is even following nice (going when i go, trotting when i trot & stopping when i stop)
Bella's yielding her hindquarters nicely & is slowly improving with her forequarters. She isn't pulling as much on the line when circling, though she's still pretty lazy

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post #14 of 29 Old 04-22-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Took Bella out this morning so that my niece could go for a ride in her "new" saddle before my friend came by to pick Bella & I up for a trip to the local arena
She did great. Gonna make such a good kid's horse.
My friend & i worked on the ground for awhile with our horses.
Bella's getting good at the backup & circling game. Porcupine game is still a little tough but she's getting there. We rode a bit as well. Still too stubborn to be ridden in a halter, but i put her bridle on & she did not too bad! Getting better at turning every time. Same with the stop.
I even got her running! She's so pokey that she'll trot super fast but doesn't like to break into a lope.
I'll make her into a barrel horse yet!
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post #15 of 29 Old 04-23-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Took Chico out this morning & did some ground work. Then we went for a ride. She goes so nicely Just in a halter. Walk, trot, lope, stop no problem. We loped most of the way cuz we both enjoy it enough!
Here she's really crappy lookin cuz she just finished rolling in the muddy, watery, poopy pasture before i took her out
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Afterwards i brought Bella out & she took my niece for another ride.

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post #16 of 29 Old 04-24-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Took Chico to the arena today. She is doing very well on the ground with the games. Still needs to improve her fore-quarter yields but her backup & ground tieing is getting alot better.
We rode the rail & did some barrel patterns. She did well until the lope, when she wanted to buck me off each dang time! She was being such a s**t head today!

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post #17 of 29 Old 04-25-2011, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Took Bella for a ride today. She was a bit pokey at first & didn't want to keep going in a straight line, but she is getting better at turning, little by little.
I did managed to get her trotting and even loping nicely She has a mean trot though. Havent had a side ache like that in years! I LOVE her lope though. She doesn't like to keep it up, but we're getting there.
When we got back, i spent a while mounting, dismounting, backing up and getting her to bend nicely. I think she'll be a great horse by the end of the summer!
This is her today, all decked out in pink
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And here she is dragging me into the open garage Goof ball
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post #18 of 29 Old 05-02-2011, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Took Bella to the arena again yesterday.
She did very well on the ground until afterwards when we set up barrels for them to jump over lol. She just could not figure them out! She wanted SO badly to just step over with each leg instead of tucking up & hopping over. She did managed to push/stumble her way through them, which was better than nothing! Atleast she got past them (in her own way).

Afterwards we saddled up. She's getting really good & soft at bending from the saddle, though when we are actually moving it takes a little more pressure & arm strength to turn her & keep her in a straight line.
We trotted some circles, but again she gets pretty stiff.
We only ran a little down the length of the arena. It took alot of encouragement to get her into a lope & she gave a buck lol little brat.
I know she really doesnt enjoy the indoor arena & neither does Chico. They'd much rather be outside but they should get used to it.

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post #19 of 29 Old 05-03-2011, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Took Bella out & groomed her good. Cut all the hair off of her fetlocks to help keep the mud from clumping on her heels so badly. She could have stood better but she wasn't too bad. Had to wash her legs with water & a sponge cuz they were so covered with muck! Looks really spiffy now. Until i turned her back out in the mud of course *sigh*
She's getting much better at yielding her forequarters & i got her stepping on the platform i built (just a wooden pallet with plywood on top). It's body length, but once i get her going good on that i'll introduce a smaller one
She really needs to learn not to eat grass just cuz it's there, but we are working on that.

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post #20 of 29 Old 05-11-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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A bit of an update:
On last Saturday the ferrier came out. I brought Chico & Bella into the yard early to groom them good because they had been in the mud for several days. Chico did well, naturally, as did Bella. She didn't even mind the dewormer! lol
We worked a little bit after wards & both did well.

Today i had Chico out in the field. It's still pretty wet but it's a bigger area. She did well. Doesn't like to lope much on the line but i got her doing it in both directions eventually. Slipped a bit, so i cant wait for it to dry up.
I set up a "jump" as well & had her going over it really well, first during the circle game then with me running beside her.
Afterwards i brushed both girls & turned Bella out into the big field with Chico. She's been in solitary confinement for about 3 weeks now because she needed to lose a bit of weight, but mostly because we did not have the electric wire up & she kept getting out. Hopefully now the fences will hold her!

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