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        12-18-2009, 04:52 AM
      #21
    Trained
    So Latte had two days off - I had our PC Zone AGM and other things I had to do - Like actually see my boy :] I am finally finished work for Christmas, so we are back into the swing of things now.

    18/12/2009

    Meg and I helped Dad get a bull out on Bundy and Pepper. I hosed Bundy off and put him away, then went and caught Latte. She was good to catch - Even though I forgot to bring carrots! I gave her a rub before I out her halter on. She really loves a head rub - Makes it a great reward! It was really hot and I couldn't be bothered changing halters to tie her in the hessian neck rope - Plus standing ground tied is another skill she can learn :]

    I gave her a good brush as she was a bit dirty for the first time - Maybe I have found the horsey myth - A grey that isn't always dirty! Although she still has just enough chestnut left in her coat that dirt blends very well, lol. I saddled and bridled her - She stood really well, even when I did the girth up. I think this is the first time she didn't take a step. She took a bit longer to open her mouth for the bit though. I ran through the moving off pressure we've been doing - She was a bit slow on the backing up, but generally ok.

    I went into the circling we have been doing - She much prefers the right rein to the left. She moves off with just a point to the right rein, but needs encouragement with movement of my body for the left - And today she kept turning and going the other way instead of walking in when I said whoah. I got aggresive in my body language when she did this - She knows the exercize. She got a bit uppity - Cantering on the small circle, ears back, crow hopping a little. However, as soon as I drove her the correct way, I stood neutral and she brought herself back to a trot. She eventually got the whoah without turning the other way, so I gave her a rub and left it at that.

    Next up was yeilding to the bit. She was 10X better than the other day, I was very impressed! It only took a few seconds of bracing before she yeiled her head around to the side today - Last time it was fighting and walking in circles. She is also backing off the bit, lowering her head and vertically flexing - Not perfectly, with some mouthing, but easily enough for this stage.

    I had been gradually tightening her girth throughout the session - It was time to put soem weight on her. I got Meg to hold one stirrup and me the other and we leant on them - No reaction. I took her over to a plaque in the ground and stood up on it - She wasn't a fan of the new, tall me! I spent some time rubbing her from up high - She settled. I asked Meg to yeild her bum over so I could lean on the saddle - Didn't really work as Meg was too timid and ran away when she twitched her butt, sure she was going to get kicked! So I hopped off and did some more yielding and got her in the right spot, then got up again. I rubbed over her neck and her butt - She was a bit twitchy but not too bad. I leant over the saddle and again a bit twitchy but not too bad. Back on the ground I got Meg to hold the other stirrup and I put my foot in - I actually put my whole weight on the saddle not touching the ground - She didn't react. I think i'll get on her soon - She really isn't stressed by weight in the saddle or the tighter girth any more. She hasn't bucked at all through the process - She humped her back and pinned her ears once, the first time she wore the saddle, but that was it. I'm hoping it continues that way when I start riding her!
         
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        12-18-2009, 05:14 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    WOW! How exciting! Good job :)
         
        12-18-2009, 11:38 AM
      #23
    Chat Moderator
    Sounds like everything is going great, Congrats!!
         
        12-22-2009, 04:02 AM
      #24
    Trained
    19/12/2009

    Short entry - Much of the same, moving off pressure, and circling, and weight in the stirrups. She was naughty on the circles - Kept trying to go the other way but we got some good whoahs so left it at that.

    22/12/2009

    First ride!

    I decided that if she was in a good mood, I would get on today. I have been putting weight in the stirrups and she doesn't react - And she is quiet with everything I do with her now.

    We went and caught Latte and Rummy (Sam was out as well) and when Dad heard that I would be getting on he hung around as well. They were down the back corner of the paddock but both Rummy and Latte were good to catch. We brought them back to the shed to saddle up. I got dad to hold Latte while I tried a different saddle on her - Wildey's wintec. It fitted well and the girth fitted, thankfully. I saddled ehr up and put her bridle on - She was good, standing still for the whole thing. She lifted her head a bit when I put the bridle on but nothing too bad.

    I took her over and did our usual - Moving off pressure - good - and circling. She was better today than she had been in the last few times - She only once tried to go the other way and didn't take much correction - whoahs were good. I tightened the girth and put weight in thr stirrups - Good. I yielded her head to both sides and down with the bit - Good again. Time to get on!

    I got dad to hold her for me and I got on slowly. She tensed a little when I sat in the saddle, but I gave her a good rub on her neck and talked to her and she settled. We stood for about 5 minutes, taking photos and taking stock. I asked her to yield her head to each side with the bit the same as we do on the ground - She actually did it very well.

    I asked her to walk forward - She took about three steps and humped her back up - I just let her stand and relax, which she did. I then got dad to lead me around and we walked around the silos. She was doing the drunk walk - Trying to figure out how to carry the weight, but not too tense or cranky. Dad let go of the lead so we were just following. I got a few stops with the haler and voice - Nice and responsive. I also asked for a back up and got a few steps - Again with the halter. She was actually understanding steering a bit as well. I walked her until she stopped feeling so drunk and then stopped her and got off - First ride went well!

    I took her back, unsaddled, gave her a good brush, a scratch and some carrots. We wandered around following Sam and Rummy for a while and then put her away wth a scratch to say goodbye.

    I was very happy with her! Nice and relaxed - Only a few steps of humpy back.

    I'm not one for lovey dovey talk, and magical connections with horses - But apart from Wildey, I have really felt a good bond developing with Latte, that I don't have with most other horses. I really like her personality - And we kind of just 'click'. She seems really happy to just be around me - Not patting or talking, but just both of us there and being companions. I like it :]
         
        12-22-2009, 04:03 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Pics tomorrow when my computer cooperates!
         
        12-22-2009, 11:28 AM
      #26
    Showing
    WooHoo. Sounds like the first ride went awesome. I can't wait for pix. Gotta love the drunk greenie walk.
         
        12-22-2009, 11:55 PM
      #27
    Trained
    Ok, here are the pics, finally!

















         
        12-23-2009, 03:32 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Congrats, by the way. Love the saddle blanket :P How'd your second ride go? As well?
         
        12-23-2009, 05:14 AM
      #29
    Trained
    Yup, really well. I'll write up the entry tomorrow morning!
         
        12-23-2009, 10:00 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Wow, she is doing great!! Looks like an old pro already. She appears so relaxed in those pix and you look great on her. Keep up the good work .
         

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