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    03-02-2013, 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by Chevaux    
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.
This observation would be consistent with my hubby's horse, of whom Ben reminds me so much! Good one.
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    03-02-2013, 03:06 PM
You could well be right, someone else metioned that because he was so old before he was broken in, he is used to being independent. I hope this maybe has given me a key that will help unlock a lot of his potential
    03-11-2013, 12:32 AM
Today was lesson day again, we haven't been doing much riding, to much snow at home here.

The good parts, well I caught him with no issues, and he loaded without a hitch, just walked straight on, set off to my lesson with great hopes. We had a lesson in Western tack today, and that was fun, but more work needed. We are aiming to go to a one day Western schooling show in a couple of weeks, our first outing together, so need to get some practice in. I decided on the Western show as it is schooling, class costs are cheap, and it will get Ben out in a show atmosphere see how he does.

The lesson was good, worked on trot circles today, and we are getting a much better bend, and a much nicer feeling, he is opening up and really giving us some nice paces. I am so happy with my new trainer, she gives me stuff to work on one thing at a time, and lets me see the result of one change before we work on the next one. It was rodeo day today again so there was rough stock arriving, and cowboys warming up with their bucking rigs, so we quit early while he was still concentrating.

Then the day went down hill quick, the new Ben, the beautiful loader was gone, despite me taking it quietly he was back to being a total ass. I declined help from a few people hanging about, then the beast got away from me, and me saviour turned up. This Cowboy appeared, tall, skinny, nice butt, hiding under well used cowboy hat, and behind large sunglasses, "Let me help you ma'am"

Well he worked with Ben for must of been nearly an hour, just quietly working him, then asking him to load, hanging on when Ben tried to bolt, never got mad, never got angry, never quit, though was mumbling that if he knew that Ben was going to be that stubborn he wouldn't have tried it. Eventually Ben gave up and jumped on, YIPPEE. Got home here and unloaded him, then got him to load himself 3 times before putting him up for the day.

So still working on that one, and now working toward the show!
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    03-11-2013, 02:12 AM
But what about the Cowboy (howdy Ma'am)? What happened to the handsome cowboy, that's what I want to know.
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    03-11-2013, 02:37 AM
Howdee Mam, threw the lead rope over Bens back with a flourish as Ben jumped on. By the time I had got the chain across behind Ben, Howdee had disappeared *sigh*
    03-11-2013, 03:06 AM
Le sigh*
    03-11-2013, 03:13 AM
Green Broke
Aw, mon cher, it was not meant to be
    03-11-2013, 03:17 AM
Green Broke
Now on a more horse related note and something that may be useful to you at some point -- I knew someone who consistently had trouble loading her horse after a show to go home until she figured out what was going on: If she untacked and loaded up right away there was trouble; if she let the horse stand for awhile and chill out (figuratively not literally this time of year) and relax then it loaded OK.
    03-12-2013, 07:31 PM
I usually do let him stand, while I settle up and chat for a while, but he is just so interested in everything. *SIGH*

Today though we got this

So I guess I will start some short runs to boring places, see if he can do that all the time
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    03-13-2013, 12:39 AM
Green Broke
Well, what's not to like in that!

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