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    12-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Breaking Latté!

Ok, so i'm working towards my K certificate in PC - And to get it one component is keeping a journal of breaking in a horse/pony. I'm horrible at keeping journals/diaries so I figured keeping it on here where I can get feedback and discussion and people yelling at me when I don't post might help! (So please yell at me when I don't post for ages :])

K Certificate Journal – Breaking in a Horse

The Horse:

Name: Latté
Sex: Mare

Age: Rising 5yo

Breed: Arabian

Height: Between 13 – 14h

Colour: Born chestnut, greying out – Currently dapple grey

Markings: Snip



Latte is a rising 5yo mare. She is heavily endurance bred – her dam is a full sister to a two-time Quilty winner and her grand-dam is also a noted endurance horse. Her sire, Barabas, is a successful show horse.

Latte hasn’t had much handling – She was born down the coast and trucked down when she was two. She has been floated twice since then with no issues. She picks up her feet and has been brushed, but is quite jumpy around people. She has had a bridle on once.

I have her on an agreement that when broken I can either buy her for $1,000 or sell her on and give the owner $1,000 and keep the profit. If she seems like a good MG/Pony Club horse, then I will keep her for my cousin to ride and me to ride games on.
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    12-08-2009, 06:27 PM

We went and picked latte up from her paddocks. Apparently she was locked in a yard for convenience – She decided she wanted to be in the laneway so jumped the fence! Luckily she didn’t hurt herself on the barbed wire. Lucky us – she is in heat so really didn’t want to leave the boy she was flirting with! We caught her and put her new halter on. Loading went ok – She ran back once because a car drove in, but we brought her back and one step at a time she went in. She spent the whole trip with her head down near the floor – Will need a lot more floating to get used to it, she sweated as well.

Unloaded ok – Ran forward a bit once she got off the ramp. Introduced her to Rummy with minimal fuss, though it got Rummy very excited! Introduced her to Brooke’s new mare with a bit of squealing. We took the two mares over to the little paddock from the yards – She led well, didn’t crowd me. Just fiddling after we unloaded – She moved sideways off pressure and walked a circle around me when asked. We showed the mares where the water was and let them go – Very calm! Mostly they were worried about eating. She seemed inclined to run off as soon as I let her go so I looped the lead rope around her neck and didn’t let her. I gave her a bit of a scratch and then let her go.

She seems fairly sensible – We unloaded next to the shearing shed in the wind, with 3 cars and a stock truck parked outside, 5 other horses and a dog in his kennel. She didn’t spook at any of it, she only looked and had that typical Arab thing going – Eyes on stalks! She is incredibly fat so will try to do some long rides ponying her off Bundy before riding – Needs to lose some weight so we can fit a saddle to her! I am already busy scouting out pretty aqua gear to buy her so she can be all matching :]
    12-08-2009, 08:41 PM
YAY!!!! How exciting! :)
    12-09-2009, 05:34 AM
Date for the first post should have been 8/12/2009.


Had to ride Wildey and Buddy up to PC tonight so did some work with Latte before I went. She was a little funny to catch - Walked away but I blocked her and walked straight up and she was ok. I tied her up to the tree while I brushed Wildey - She was a bit fidgety but ok. Gave her a brush and had a go at picking up her feet - Much better than I expected, up straight away and no kicking out. Good sign!

Took her out in the open and tested a few different things. She moves off pressure really well once she figures it out - And I can move her hind over and also her shoulders/ribcage. Needs a bit more refining but is good. Backing up really well off light chest pressure. I sent her out on a circle on the end of the lead - She is super at this! Fairly reliable whoah. Took a while to get her to trot the first time but after that it was easy - Quick learner.

Figured i'd throw a few things at her and see how she went - Got out an elastic surcingle and put it around her girth. She was a bit fidgety but otherwise no reaction - Walk and trot around in a circle. Got out a saddle cloth and let her have a sniff - Didn't like me throwing it up on her but once on was fine - Did the surcigle up around the blanket and did more circles at a walk/trot. One little cow-kick at trt but no other reaction. Worked a bit on trhowing it up on her and rubbing her with it - Also chucked it on the ground and got her to walk over it without much fuss.

I tried Wildey's bridle on her just to see what size bit she will take - She accepted it really well, and once on didn't toss her head, just mouthed it furiously. I did a few more circles with the bridle on and then took it off - Came off with minimum fuss. Gave her a scratch and tied her up to twine on the side of the shed while I saddled up Buddy - She pulled back when I came out of the shed with a saddle blanket and broke the twine. Dad got a stronger bit of twine and re-tied - However she pulled back again and broke it. So I tied her solid to the tree, and a few minutes later she pulled back and had a bit of a fight - Slipped the noseband of the halter off her nose but the poll piece held and she eventually stepped forward and released the pressure. Lesson 1 learnt! I'm thinking of getting a bicycle inner tube to tie her to just until I'm sure she won't pull back again. Not a habit I want to encourage.
    12-09-2009, 05:21 PM
Thanks heaps for taking buddy for me! If you do need the bicycle inner tube I can get one for you. Anthony has heaps :)
    12-09-2009, 06:08 PM
^ Really? That would be great if you could.
    12-10-2009, 07:44 PM

I went and bought a bit and lip strap for latte today. I got her a fairly thin loose ring lozenge snaffle. I was planning on putting her bridle on with the halter over the top and ponying her off Bundy – but the weather foiled me! We decided not to ride, so I was just going to do some work with latte. It was really windy. Dad’s boss had put two TB mares/fillies in with Latte and Abbi – How considerate of him. They were absolutely bonkers – Running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and scaring the crap out of our two mares. Latte has a small nick on her fetlock I assume from running around. Catching her was a bit interesting – I think Abbi is the boss and both Abbi and the TB mares kept crowding her which was really freaking her out – I nearly got squashed a few times between catching her and the gate. She really was terrified of the TB’s – They only had to get within about 2 metres of her for her to freak out and try to run. I gave her a good rub to calm her down after we got out the gate – The wind wasn’t helping.

After her pulling back yesterday I decided to try a neck rope – but with something thicker than a rope. I had an offer to borrow a similar system using a hessian bag off a friend, but in the meantime I made do. I found an old string girth that was quite short – Turned out it was just the right length to fit around her neck. So I clipped the lead rope to the buckles on the girth and then threaded it through the ring on the halter and tied her to the tree while I fiddled in the shed and gave her a brush. I think she may have learnt a lesson yesterday as she didn’t pull back – however she was very fidgety and looked like she might try to jump the tree at one point. She did calm down when I was grooming her and rubbing her neck/shoulder. She is just so jumpy/touchy – She needs so much handling.

The weather was getting worse so I scrapped the idea of putting the bridle on her – I just did some basic giving to pressure exercises and circling. She is VERY sensitive to pressure – She is fairly good with moving off a poke on the rump, but on the shoulder she flinches her skin and sometimes offers to rear – She hasn’t yet but the thought is there. She just has to get used to being poked and prodded all over – She does eventually understand stepping over, it just takes a little while. Back-up from pressure on the chest is good. She wasn’t as good at the circling today, but I think that was more the influence of the weather than her being naughty. She kept turning in to me and resisting when I sent her back out – I got a few good circles at trot either way and then just let her stand. By now the weather was atrocious – Blowing a gale and flapping the corrugated iron on the silo’s – She was bug-eyed and very nervous, running around and I was just focussing on not being run over and calming her a bit. She did calm when I rubbed her – She still needs to learn not to run me over even if it is scary. I settled her, did some backing up out of my space and let it end on that note.

I was really frustrated with the weather as I had been looking forward to a good session. I have the hessian neck rope now so will use that tomorrow. If the weather is better tomorrow then I’ll put the bridle on her and have a go at ponying… Wish us luck! Thankfully the mares will be gone tomorrow morning – I just hope both our mares will still be in one piece L
    12-10-2009, 07:59 PM
Gee.... :S Whats the go with that?? Im going out this afternoon, so i'll see you then.
    12-10-2009, 08:08 PM
Gah I know - I really dislike that man. They were really going bonkers - I thought they were going to try to jump the fence at one point. He's the one who told us to put them in there - And now he is complaining about it!
    12-10-2009, 08:37 PM
Sh**... what are we going to do about that??? Are ours ok??

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