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post #471 of 1340 Old 01-16-2014, 02:16 PM
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He has some gorgeous movement! ( when he lidtems haha)

And he's so...WHITE and CLEAN

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post #472 of 1340 Old 01-16-2014, 02:25 PM
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You're the one that's sore so really you're taking a day off and Sky gets one too, right?

How's everything else? I know you haven't been down there very long, but what's your first impression of Cajun country? Ate any alligator tail yet? Try the Boodan when you get a chance....I do love that cajun cooking...dat fo sho.....

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Thanks girls, yeah he certainly moves nicely on HIS terms.. that will soon change because I'm determined to get him back in shape.

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You're the one that's sore so really you're taking a day off and Sky gets one too, right?

How's everything else? I know you haven't been down there very long, but what's your first impression of Cajun country? Ate any alligator tail yet? Try the Boodan when you get a chance....I do love that cajun cooking...dat fo sho.....
No he was super tired yesterday.. it's hard work for him too since he has little to no muscle condition.

Still jobless, I love love love the people. The beef jerky is awesome!
I haven't had any true cuisine yet, but will keep that in mind!

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Not sure what lidtems is....lol apparently my phone likes that better than listens* haha

Oh kan sky and Charlie both. When I was home Charles was just done after like 15 minutes haha

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Not sure what lidtems is....lol apparently my phone likes that better than listens* haha

Oh kan sky and Charlie both. When I was home Charles was just done after like 15 minutes haha
They sure had their vacation!
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post #476 of 1340 Old 01-16-2014, 11:52 PM
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you are doing very well, and one can see that his movement can be big and stiff at times, and my back is hurting just watching what you have to do to sit that canter!

his right lead canter may be stiffer, but strangely, you ride it better.

you know the old thing that trainers always yell at their pupils? "thumbs on top!" Close your hands, thumbs on top.

I need to tattoo it into the inside of my eyelids!
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you are doing very well, and one can see that his movement can be big and stiff at times, and my back is hurting just watching what you have to do to sit that canter!

his right lead canter may be stiffer, but strangely, you ride it better.

you know the old thing that trainers always yell at their pupils? "thumbs on top!" Close your hands, thumbs on top.

I need to tattoo it into the inside of my eyelids!
Yep! The right lead is my stronger side.. left is where I have issues. For awhile it was fine because he carried (said loosely) me on the left lead, and I'd carry him on the right.. but then I've been gone and he's been a goose.. now he's extra testy. I'm glad it's not reverse and we share the same lead because I know that would be 10x as hard to ride.

His canter is very smooth when he's not being a loon. And yep, my hands need work.. It's a definite work in progress :)

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post #478 of 1340 Old 01-17-2014, 01:12 AM
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his canter is fast, in the sense that he takes big steps. Z is like that, so I feel like I am really moving through space, even though his turn over is not nearly as fast as say, my friend's Arab. no wonder she thinks nothing of a lively canter down the trail, whereas for me, I always feel like it's a big deal and takes me taking a big breath and getting my courage up, then congratulating myself when we are done.
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post #479 of 1340 Old 01-24-2014, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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I felt like murdering Sky today.

We had such an averagely okay ride (after 3 days off!) but this horse... he has developed HORRIBLE barn sour issues. As in, he will literally bully his way back towards the barn.

I worked him through it, but he was spinning, backing up at highspeed (something he refuses to do when prompted.. but is happy to do when HE wants... mother trucker.) He was so light on the front (turn on the haunches!!) I thought he was going to REAR on me!

This is not my horse.

Do you think he may have developed ulcers? Or is he just being a donkey?

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post #480 of 1340 Old 01-24-2014, 02:36 AM
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Maybe he's sort of "re"-testing you out? You've been back for long enough that perhaps the honeymoon phase of "OMG! My mom is BACK FINALLY!!" is over and he's into the "Huh, she's a better rider now....I wonder if she'll be easy to push around or not.."-phase..?

Did you have a crop with you?
Lacey used to try those tricks on me [she has gone as far as rearing though - her previous owners would just get off and be "done" when she'd do these things so it was a pretty ingrained habit] and I found that the one way to get her out of it was a solid smack on the butt with the crop. I'd give her plenty of rein in front and let her go forward as fast as she wanted, for a step or two. For her, rearing, and all that, was simply evading going forward [undersaddle, she would ever dreammm of rearing o the ground] so it was a "easy" fix. Some people advise getting off to deal with it, but I don't know how I feel about that. At least for Lacey, the rider dismounting IS her goal so, even if she's worked on the ground, it's still more rewarding than being put to work undersaddle.
I do continue to ride with a crop on my saddle, just in case. It was such a ingrained habit when I got her that I doubt she'll ever be 100% over it. We've gone 3 years with 0 rears, but that's because I make sure to diffuse the situation [via well timed crop "encouragement"] before she gets to rearing.

Of course, I have much higher hopes for you and Sky - unlike Lacey, no one's taught him he can do that sort of thing and get out of work!!


I'm sorry you had issues.

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