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        04-24-2013, 09:06 PM
      #51
    Trained
    I'm going to add Emmy onto this thread, because the contrasts between these two just fascinate me, and also help me understand each one a little better maybe.

    First of all, I am definitely to old for this! I was woken up in the night, either the gale blowing, or the hot flush, or the pain from the fight with Ben, took a cold wash, some pain pills and went back to bed. I still could barely move when I woke up this morning, took a while to get mobile.

    Today I decided to work Emmy, and she is such a delight, I was just lunging her on a dryish corner of the yard, and she is still learning to watch her feet and cope with a rough surface. She has only ever worked in a groomed arena before coming here, and she gets caught out quite often. She was great at walk and trot on both reins, so I hooked up the side reins and worked her a little more, then tried the canter. I'm really not sure if she has done much canter work, especially on the circle, she runs into it and motor bikes around if you let her. She was a little better with the side reins, and calmed down quicker than normal back to loose rein walking.

    Ben is all bolshy man, you ask him to do something he is "why?" and how can I get out of it. The fact that he wasn't broken until so late means that he just doesn't get that get it through his head that I am the boss, and I actually know better. I have to prove it time and time again, and we have physical battles over it.

    Emmy is all worry, she needs reassuring that she is doing things right, she knows her stuff and will try and do what she thinks you want, and needs positive reinforcement that she is doing the right thing, but she is always trying to please you. You never have to get physical with her, just the tone of your voice, or the lightest correction has her attention, my biggest worry with her is overpowering her.
         
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        04-25-2013, 09:12 PM
      #52
    Trained
    Great day today, started off by having to dig a trench across the pen and out through the gate to help the drainage, Ahh look, here is Ben come over to help me dig, sweet boy Ben, love you, now stand back a bit, because I want to dig here.

    LOL Ben you are so funny, stand over there good, boy.

    OK Ben, if you will stand there, then when I bring the shovel up the long handle will hit you in the nose, and yes that is a respectful distance, but it is a long handled shovel OK, silly boy Ben.

    Look idiot I told you, now MOVE.

    Ben for F%$#@s sake, standing on the edge of the ditches that I'm digging, pushing the dirt back in is NOT freaking helping, %^& off somewhere else will you, Freaking great lump!

    This afternoon was work time, I had him out on the lunge line, he was great at the walk and trot, we tried a canter on each rein, mmm more work needed. He falls into the transition, then crow hops, and runs through. He also couldn't hold the gait for long, but all in all wasn't to bad, good starting point. I also worked him in side reins for a short while at a walk and trot, and he did very well.

    I liked that he was calm and although he struggled to make the transition to canter, he didn't get totally freaked over it. It didn't help that we were working in a small area, I'm so struggling to get a level dry area to work in at home, oh well hopefully soon.
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        04-25-2013, 09:21 PM
      #53
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    Great day today, started off by having to dig a trench across the pen and out through the gate to help the drainage, Ahh look, here is Ben come over to help me dig, sweet boy Ben, love you, now stand back a bit, because I want to dig here.

    LOL Ben you are so funny, stand over there good, boy.

    OK Ben, if you will stand there, then when I bring the shovel up the long handle will hit you in the nose, and yes that is a respectful distance, but it is a long handled shovel OK, silly boy Ben.

    Look idiot I told you, now MOVE.

    Ben for F%$#@s sake, standing on the edge of the ditches that I'm digging, pushing the dirt back in is NOT freaking helping, %^& off somewhere else will you, Freaking great lump!

    ...
    Love it - you've succinctly captured corral life at my place between husband, shovel and horses
         
        04-26-2013, 10:37 PM
      #54
    Trained
    Great day today, no issues with bridling, she has been a little headshy up until now, but we have sorted that one I think. Lunging again today, and this time we got a pretty nice canter going on the left rein, good transition, nice shape and can hold it quite well. At the moment not really concerned with maintaining the gait for to long, that will come with fitness I think. On the right rein she has more difficulty picking it up, even starting off on the wrong lead a couple of times, but she drops the gait and tries again. On the right she throws her head up and hollows, any tips on helping that one out?

    Really pleased though, she came down nicely after her canter work, which is good for her.

    Had her in her new blanket today, what do you think?

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        04-27-2013, 06:59 PM
      #55
    Yearling
    She looks so adorable western, and in purple! <3
         
        04-28-2013, 08:07 PM
      #56
    Showing
    Lovely :) I dig her beautiful face
         
        05-08-2013, 12:01 AM
      #57
    Trained
    For the last couple of weeks we have been fighting the weather and ground conditions, so not a lot has been done, apart from worming, grooming, taking Stewie to his new home etc etc.

    Today it is dry under foot, but so so windy, I got Emmy dressed up in her gear, and took her in the round pen and let her work in there for the first time this year. Considering that the footing was 90% washed away in the flood, and there is a gulley or two running across it I thought she coped very well, and YIPPEE for the very first time I had beautiful canter transitions, not running into them but working into them. She couldn't hold the canter on the right rein, but on the left she was transitioning nicely, and then holding the gait. Her down transitions were awesome today as well. Especially pleased because as well as the gale the boys were working on the new seeder in the yard, including blowing out the lines with huge gusts of air, and she took it mainly in her stride.



    Not so happy in her stride was finding the soft spots in the yard where the flood control trenches have been filled in again. We had to do lots of walking around and getting her to be calm when she hit a soft spot. We did eventually get that one kind of sorted, then I was wicked and made her cross one of the open trenches

    You want what?



    No way Pedro!



    Well OK if you insist



    Popped her across a couple of times then called a halt, and took her for a graze inhand, her first grass of the year, she rather enjoyed that bit.

    More pics just because she is pretty



         
        05-09-2013, 01:45 AM
      #58
    Trained
    Today was Bens first outing in the round pen this year, and he was excellent, also a first, he managed some nice canter transitions. He also got to work out over the rough ground, and cross the ditches, which he did without so much as a flinch.





    He is a good boy, his only big issue today, a freak out when tied to the trailer, it didn't last long, once he realized he was hard tied he stopped looked at me with a really filthy look and stood up nicely for the rest of the time.
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        05-13-2013, 12:28 PM
      #59
    Trained
    Sunday, took Ben down to trainers own yard, her outdoor arena is fit to use at last. First day in a new place, the wind, which had been a light breeze at our place, was ripping through the trees down there, and I was wondering what sort of ride I would get, answer? FREAKING AWESOME.

    He was looky, but not spooky, tried hard, but crap is he lazy, I see a set of spurs in his future.

    Cassie nags at me the whole time, I really wonder how Mr G and I would of done under her direction, I am working harder than I have done for years, and when I get it right the difference in Ben is awesome. My homework until next time:

    Lots of time in the round pen working on getting him to move off of the lightest leg pressure, knot reins on his neck and let him carry himself how he likes and where he likes, as long as he moves forward from a squeeze.

    Then more round pen work, under saddle, just riding the bend, getting the feeling of impulsion from outside leg, and bend from inside.

    I love my horse, he was an arse twice, broke a rope in fighting being tied next to the trailer, and did one of his old pull back tricks when being led back to the trailer. Caught him easily from his escape, and he didn't get off from me on his pull back, found himself being spun in every direction, he didn't like that. He loaded like a dream an the way out, and back, and even better, was quiet and calm in the trailer when we were broke down on the side of the road for two hours!

    I also love my new breeches.......



         
        05-13-2013, 12:35 PM
      #60
    Green Broke
    Ah big bad Ben!! He just has to try you every now and again is all.
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