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        06-04-2011, 10:03 PM
    And after Scooby finished his barrels, he did the trail work as well, getting him to think and not rush - he is a funny trail horse as he does not pick up his feet, just fearlessly charges through the obstacles - here he is pulling the log... just a good day with both horses - and tomorrow we are going cattle sorting
    Should be fun as Whiskey hasn't been around cows yet - figure we'll just keep throwing stuff at her - that's how you get em broke, right? Hard to believe Whiskey has been under saddle less than thirty days!

    Here's scooby pulling the log:
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        06-06-2011, 02:44 PM
    Started looking at the logistics - sent off for the DNA test that Whiskey needs. All solid paint bred horses shown at the worlds has to be parentage verifiied to compete. Figure the test will take a week to get here, then a couple months to get done. Luckily her mom and dad are already DNA typed so I only have to worry about getting her info on file. This would be a real pain if her momma hadn't been done already.

    Cattle sorting got cancelled due to concerns of the EH-1 virus, so just played at the house. Spent some time cleaning out the trailer, and made an appointment to get truck and trailer checked out- will have the trailer bearings done, the brakes checked, and update the wiring harness so it's compatible with the new truck.

    All these little things I can take care of now, and not have to worry about it come fall...
        06-07-2011, 12:04 AM
    Well, tonight sucked.

    Rode Scooby, not realizing Kellie already rode him (didn't check the barn board) and knocked over the barrel with my leg - so got a huge knot on my leg. Loped the pattern a couple more times then worked on his reining spins, which are still just step-over circles - and then did slow circle work... put him away with my leg burning, and then got out Whiskey...

    It was late, past their dinner time, and she was cranky. Not listening, driving her shoulder into me, keeping one ear cocked to the barn, etc. Should have seen it coming. Pushed her into a lope, asked her to frame up, and she blew .

    Her head went straight up, and she dived to the side and bolted- tried to catch her up in a one rein stop but lost my center and couldn't save myself. Got dumped hard. Got serious road rash on my forearm and my hip. Which adds to the knot on my leg . She looked rather pleased as she flew around the pasture without me, then headed over to Scooby who was still tied at the trailer. I limped over, got back on, and we went back to work.

    Immediately pushed her back into the lope, and she tried to bolt again, but I was ready and one reigned her, spinning her in a circle while doing the "OT OT OT OT" (which is my cue for naughty) - then let her think about it and relax for a minute. We both took a deep breath and I asked again, and she stepped into it with only a little bit of nerves. Loped both ways in a circle, then went down to the trot, framed her up and did serpentines up and down the arena - then over to the trail stuff, went over the bridge, through the boxes, sidepassed both ways (which were great! ) then back to loping circles. She ended her lesson quite calm and relaxed, and I made sure to give her lots of encouragement as we rode, so I am hoping we made the best out of a bad situation.

    My own darn fault for treating her like a broke horse, I just expected too much from her, and got bit. I am really quite sore but more concerned about pushing her to a buck/bolt situation... what a bummer. Hopefully no lasting damage done, tomorrow I will bit her up on the lunge and work on transitions for a half hour before I get on...

    I went limping into the house and my hubby was like, "aren't you too old for this?" - today I feel like it. Had a hot shower, some neosporin and some advil - so off to bed.
        06-07-2011, 08:54 PM
    A new day.

    Scooby did great, Kellie worked on loping circles and bending, then over to the trail and walk-overs, backing - leg yields and walk/whoa, trot/whoa - it was a really warm, windy day.

    Whiskey did well too. Kellie lunged her for 30 minutes when I was at work, working on her transitions and voice cues. When I got home I spent extra time grooming her and talking to her. Then I got on her. I left her head alone unless she got too up or forward, and she had a nice relaxed trot and walk. Did trail obstacles, but just basically had a quiet day - a few lope circles just to prove to ourselves we can - but other than that just basic bending, stopping, circling - she was her soft eyed, sweet self.

    I am lucky that Whiskey gave me a heads up that I was pushing her too hard. It is easy to do on a horse like her - I had no business expecting her to frame up, and move like a pleasure horse as a three year old with less than thirty days. She is a big bodied mare and very sweet - I scared and confused her yesterday, so I need to reassure her that she is in good hands. I just need to do right by her. No Rush.
        06-09-2011, 12:52 AM
    Kellie lunged both horses today - bitted them up and did 1/2 hour of walk/jog transistions and a few lopes. Brushed them down and put them away. I went out after work and took out three long foam pool floaties - noodles, I think they are called - one blue, one green, one red.

    Scooby ran right up to investigate them, the pony left the area, and Whiskey peeked around from Scooby's butt. Kinda funny. Put a halter on the pony and tied her inside the roundpen, then got Whiskey and haltered her, and tooke her in the roundpen as well - Scooby followed us in. Took a noodle, waved it around and let her follow me around. Scooby was loose, and he kept picking up the other noodles, running around the round pen with them - it was making me laugh. Took a noodle and rubbed it all over Scooby, which the pony and Whiskey watched intently. Then rubbed Whiskey, starting on her neck and moved down both sides. Then grabbed another noodle so I had two in my hands, waved them around, laid them over her back, etc. Then used all three. She wasn't happy at first, but allowed the contact without moving.

    After I worked with Whiskey I repeated the process with the pony. She did really well - I left the noodles in the pen and watched Scooby chase the other horses around with them. They were very funny.

    Princess the pony is very fat. Very FAT. I got her at auction two months ago, and am wondering if she is pregnant, she seems much bigger now than a month ago. I am going to take pics tomorrow, and watch for a week. If I decide I am not imagining things I will need to get the vet out to find out for sure. I'll post the pics tomorrow, and ask for peoples guesses. She could just be fat as I overfeed grass hay, but that's all she's on. Interesting development.

    Night, All -
        06-10-2011, 12:40 PM
    OK - What do you guys think - Pregnant or not? Here is Princess about a month ago...
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        06-10-2011, 12:40 PM
    And today...
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        06-10-2011, 12:41 PM
    Her teats:
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        06-10-2011, 12:45 PM
    Kellie and I went out yesterday, and fed her while feeling her belly and flank area and we both felt a lot of movement. We are thinking pregnant, she is current on wormer and we clean pens daily so no way a worm issue... Could definitely be wrong though.

    I made an appointment, vet coming out next Friday to do Coggins on Scooby and Whiskey, so he'll try to do a palp to see then, he said she may be too little for a physical exam, so may have to do ultrasound or blood test. Until then we are feeding her the senior complete feed we supplement our guys with, as well as the timothy hay. Giving her a scoop morning and night. Just in case.

    So, any guesses? Pregnant or no?
        06-10-2011, 11:43 PM
    I moved Princess' situation over to the breeding forum, and have the vet coming next Friday to check her. He is coming out for Coggins for Scooby and Whiskey anyway, so good timing.

    Kellie has a 4H show with Whiskey tomorrow - barrels and poles and sack race. He has been working really well for her, so I am glad she will get her first times tomorrow to form a starting point. It's a new arena and she won't be taking Whiskey, so a good learning experience. I'll post pics and times tomorrow night.

    Got my new truck back last night- got the gooseneck hitch and wiring taken care of and the F150 hauled the empty trailer no prob - looking forward to hooking it up and seeing how it does loaded.

    Whiskey has had the last two days off as I was busy fussing with the truck and trailer and tonight I went to dinner with hubby and kids. Not bad to let her rest a bit, I am trying to keep on her 4 days a week, then ground work for the fifth day.

    Sure wondering about Princess- I could feel all kinds of fluttering and movement under my hand when I put it on her flank tonight as she was eating, and went and got my hubby and he felt and saw it too, but couldn't definitely say I felt a baby kick.

    I don't know what to think about her being pregnant. She isn't what we need for Wren, and I was in the process of selling her when I saw the added weight. For some reason, her possibly being pregnant has softened my view of her. My hubby mentioned tonight how nice it was that we can just walk up to her and she stands for the halter - what a far cry from the running away we had when she got here in March... of course Wren is in love with the idea of a baby pony - and honestly, so am I. As long as it is a cute little black pony with four white socks and a star - and a colt would be nice as long as I'm dreaming...

    Night, All -

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