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post #21 of 76 Old 02-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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Sounds like progress to me & congratulations on the clothes fitting better. Losing weight is a hard battle. It took me almost 6 months to lose the 8 pounds I gained when I visited my sister last June. I was only there for 9 days!
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post #22 of 76 Old 02-24-2013, 08:51 PM
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Caught Ben no problem this morning, BONUS

Loaded him on the trailer at first ask, good boy Ben.

Took my stirrups up one hole this week, and it made life so much easier. Today we worked on walking straight, he was great on the wall, but gets lost in the middle of the arena, then we have all sorts of wobbles. We persevered and managed to get some good turns own the centre line and halts at X. Then we had our first really awesome trots, I started to feel what he could really do, it is just an incredible feeling.

Then I took Willow in for an assessment ride, and there is good news and bad news.

Bad news I have to lose at least 50 pounds before I do much with her

Good news, she is worth losing the weight for, I had the HUGEST smile on my face the whole time I was on her, she is just so nice to ride, I love her.

Then Ben ruined the day by being an absolute pig to load to go home, I mean seriously BAD, he dragged my trainer face first through the snow for a while, and was seriously awful. We had to put him in a pen, and then I reversed the trailer up to it, with much help and advice from the crowd, I really must learn to reverse that **** thing better. Be popped on as good as gold once all his escape options were closed to him. The general consensus is that he is just smart, and takes advantage of any out that he can see when he doesn't want to do something.

Overall though, this is the first day when I really really know that Ben is worth it, I can ride him, I can ride that huge trot, and less is more when riding him, I have been trying to do to much. We will be in the dressage intro class this spring.
Congrats! That's awesome! Sounds like you had a better riding weekend than I did :)
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post #23 of 76 Old 02-24-2013, 10:51 PM
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I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!

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post #24 of 76 Old 02-24-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats! That's awesome! Sounds like you had a better riding weekend than I did :)
The riding was great, if I could just get this loading thing sorted once and for all, life will be awesome.

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I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!
Thanks, still smiling here.
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post #25 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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After Bens performance with loading to come home on Sunday I have been a little reluctant to try again, I mean you would of had to see him to see how much of a pig he was. Today was the first time this week that I could put aside enough time to try loading him, I knew if it was going to be a fight again I had to have enough time to make sure that I won.

Well, when it came to it I didn't need over much time, I tried a completely different tack with him.

First I didn't ever put any tension on the lead rope, just kept it slack, if he started back, I went with him straight away, then I walked forward again. I stood in the trailer, with a bowl of horse cubes, and just waited. He stood and thought for a minute or two, then got on, had a few mouthfuls of food, then I took him off. Did it three times, and then put him away, and it was that easy



Lets hope it sticks this time
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post #26 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 12:58 AM
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Whups. Double post.

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post #27 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 12:59 AM
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Enjoying your adventures with this boy! My hubby's steed is perchXtb. Exceptional horse, though quite mature at 20-ish this year. They've had some pretty epic battles but are great for each other. Rootin for ya!
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post #28 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Aha, after some technical trouble, here is a very short video of just how good he is when he is good

Ben loading - YouTube
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post #29 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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OK, so here is another discovery..

The farrier was here trimming Ben, he did his usual, pull back in the middle of it, and instead of trying to hold on to him and keep him there, I just went with him, kept the rope slack, and he only took a couple of steps and stopped. He only did it the once this is definite progress happening here.

In random other news, Stewie was great for his trimming today, first time that he has been trimmed in the 'proper' way, with his hoof between the farriers knees, he has been done the baby way before, one hand on hoof, and one hand nipping, so I am very proud of him.
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post #30 of 76 Old 03-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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[QUOTE=Golden Horse;1918114]OK, so here is another discovery..

The farrier was here trimming Ben, he did his usual, pull back in the middle of it, and instead of trying to hold on to him and keep him there, I just went with him, kept the rope slack, and he only took a couple of steps and stopped. He only did it the once this is definite progress happening here...

From what you've said here and before about trailer loading, I'm thinking Ben is a little on the proud and independent side. He justs needs a bit of time to come to terms with a request and when given it, he comes through.

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