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    06-11-2011, 11:06 PM
Mt Herman 4H show - Kellie and Scooby 14-18 High Point Overall!
Kellie took Scooby to her show today - I wasn't there as I bought tickets to the circus for our little ones, not realizing they were the same day. Anyhoo, Kellie's twin, Katie, was there to record video and times for us -

Kellie's first event was barrels. Turns out the arena is Latigo - where we were going for Monday night barrels before the EH-1 virus shut it down. So Scooby was familiar with the arena. Our agreement is she would just lope the pattern and concentrate on form. She started her run GREAT! Scooby picked up the wrong lead, but Kellie circled him and he switched so headed into the pattern right. Nice tight first barrel. Switched leads between first and second, but forgot the second barrel pocket so went wide, wobbled a little on her run to the third, but great third barrel and good for home. She got a 17.78 which is a great starting point for Scooby. We were pleased. Here's the video:

Next event was keyhole. Scooby hasn't seen Keyhole before so was a little uncertain on what to do heading in. Slight bobble around the pole, but recovered. Time 7.57. Here's the video:

His third event was stake race. He was chargy and fussing with his head, got a little quick so Kellie was doing a lot of checking trying to keep him in control - the other girls were either knocking down the close pole or blowing by it, so you can hear Katie telling her to be careful and to go slow, Kellie was in the running for high point so she was trying to keep a clean pattern. She got a 22.42 time and that was good enough for 14-18 High Point Speed Events. She was Reserve High Point all age groups, taking a honest second to a 13 year old who's momma trains us on barrel night, so overall a really successful day for Scooby and Kellie - I am sad I missed being there but really grateful Katie recorded the classes for me. Here's the video:

Kellie's high point award was a new grooming bag, which was needed and appreciated.

Whiskey was lunged for 45 minutes, working on transitions and voice cues, stepping into a lope, allowed to lope for a few strides, then back down to a trot. I walk with her so her circles are quite large, to keep the wear down on her legs.

Good night, All.
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    06-11-2011, 11:11 PM
Noticed the video's don't show, but if you click on the green headers with the youtube titles on each box, it links you to youtube. Critiques appreciated, we haven't done speed before competitively so have a lot to learn, all comments welcome!
    06-14-2011, 12:18 AM
Barrel night at Latigo - took Scooby and Whiskey. Scooby did great, and began adding some speed to his runs - but by the end of the night was starting to get chargy going into the arena and doing the hopping I hate to see. Kellie kept him to a walk, jiggy though it was, and did arcs and counterarcs, bending both ways until he relaxed and walked the pattern several times. Then he was done for the night.

Whiskey hasn't been ridden for a couple days, so I was a little concerned, but she was very good. I took her out to the outside arena and she was very wide eyed about being alone while the others were inside. I kept her to a walk but she was very tense, so I got off and got the lungeline and let her work her kinks out - she took off bucking and snorting, so I pulled her down sharply and let her lope, trot, lope, trot - calm transitions were met with praise, and dashing off and increasing speed got shut down. After about 20 minutes she relaxed and I got back on and did serpentines and walk/trot/whoa/turn work up and down the arena for another 20 minutes. Then we went back in and stood with the other horses so she could watch the action.

Came back and fed everyone some complete feed - Princess too as I am not convinced she isn't pregnant. Vet coming on Friday so until then she can have some extra protein and probiotics - if she isn't pregnant no big deal and if she is she needs it.

Good day.
    06-15-2011, 05:06 PM
Yesterday night was great - Scooby and Whiskey were both worked for an hour.

Scooby -
He has been very fast in the arena lately, not just at barrels but at all gaits - so my goal was to slow him down and let him relax under saddle. We worked on basic reining drills - walk forward, sit deep and whoa. Then back 10-15 steps. Repeat about 200 times as we serpentined around the arena. About halfway through it he started thinking about whoa. By the end he was listening and feeling for my seat shifting and stopped and backed with very little rein pressure. Then we tried to lope, which was a mad canter - so I did smaller circles and lots of transitions and changes from lope to trot to walk, all the while trying to keep the reins soft and my position relaxed. Then lots of small circles that ended with front legs crossing - the beginning of a spin. Then big circles - he never slowed it from a canter, but he did drop his head and become more relaxed about our ride - which was a great starting point and a reflexion of Scooby's busy busy personality. I'll repeat this tonight.

Whiskey - lunged her under saddle bitted up for 20 minutes each way, walking slightly behind her and letting those circles be big. I noticed she is still very off balance and wants to counter canter when she should be on her left lead, so I am letting her find her balance without me on her - muscling her up and letting her get comfortable with all gaits. I then got on her and we walked through the trail course, over the bridge, sidepassing and back-throughs. Lots of leg/seat to guide her and lots of whoa drills. She was very soft and relaxed. My little girls, ages 5 and 2, came out and wanted on, so I got off and lifted Wren (the five year old) up (with me staying RIGHT by Whiskey's head) and let her guide Whiskey over the bridge and through the box - Whiskey neck reined for her very well although my position helped quite a bit - Whiskey followed me... Wren was on about 5 minutes, but she was very happy and Whiskey very relaxed, so I let Riley (the two year old) up with Wren for the walk back to get untacked - of course I led Whiskey for this part. They were both very excited.

They helped me brush down the pony and give everyone a snack - then off to the house we went. A really beautiful night to ride too, warm, but not too warm and the sunset was beautiful with lots of orange and blue and purple... hope it's like that out there tonight.
    06-20-2011, 11:08 PM
Been a quiet week - worked the horses four times this week, only slow and easy - the vet came out and I was very surprised Princess wasn't pregnant, she is just obese. So she now has to be fed seperately from the horses, which is a real pain.

Tonight was a good night, it's barrel night but we didn't go because Ward, my hubby, didn't get home in time and I didn't want to get there after warm up - I was a little irked, but Ward made it up to me by asking if I wanted him to ride Whiskey while I rode Scooby . My husband is not a horse guy so this was a nice offer, and I took him up on it. He pulled himself up on her, and really slid the saddle - she was surprised at the heaviness of him getting on, but I held her head and reassured her. Once he was on he did great. We rode around the pasture, then into our arena where he did circles and stops and Whiskey did great for him .. I was very proud of both hubby and horsey.

I got the DNA form, and pulled her mane hairs to send in tomorrow, so I know that will be done long before worlds. I had their coggins ran so will have those back in a couple weeks as well. Getting all the background stuff done now will make this easier later.
    06-23-2011, 01:57 AM
Went shopping for Scooby and Whiskey today - got leads to match their new fancy monogrammed halters ... Scooby's is lime green with black overlay and "Scooby" across the nose. Whiskey's is turquoise blue with black overlay and "Whiskey" across the nose.

Then Kellie picked out lime green professional choice boots and the matching bell boots, and I got a new bit for Scooby - a Myler snaffle with roller - he rides much nicer in it - doesn't try to evade the bit. Set up a barrel and Kellie took him around it a few times. He was relaxed and happy.

Whiskey is getting better and better. Kellie is going to videotape me soon so I can get a starting point - always fun to go back later and look at the progress. She is getting pretty consistent with the transitions, but I am being very careful not to push too hard as she is so easy I forget she is soooo green. Don't really want to get dumped again , so I am being careful to ask correctly and take things one step at a time. We are doing lots of bending and suppling, transitions, stopping and backing and turning with both direct and indirect rein and leg pressure, she is really responsive and doing great.

I might have a home for Princess, a prospective buyer is coming on Friday, and I hope she gets her. Princess is nice enough, but just not the right fit for us, and Wren is getting more attached to her every week. So here's hoping that it works out.
    06-25-2011, 01:04 AM
OK- Princess got a new home. No problems there. Sold her for what I bought her for, and then used the money to buy a used barrel saddle off ebay. Looks nice but you never know til you can actually ride in it. Should be here in a week or so.

Coggins came back for both Scooby and Whiskey - and while the brand inspector was out I got a permanent brand card for Whiskey since I already had one for Scooby.

Got my APHA membership card in last night, so looks like everything is in order now. Horses are happy and I hope to video Whiskey tomorrow. Wren, my daughter, didn't seem too worried about princess being gone, so I am really glad I just did what I knew was right for the fit of our family.
    06-27-2011, 11:11 PM
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Subbing, I love reading every word of what you write. It's giving me training ideas.
    06-28-2011, 12:46 PM
Thanks so much, ilovemyPhillip - I've been following your thread on the other forum, I hope you find the right mare for you - I too, love my mare... just got her about a month and a half ago, and here she is at her first leadline show with my five year old, 18 year old, Kellie, is leading her in this pic so I can film them... I am in the picture below leading her around the barrel.

She did fantastic! She is only three and so very green, but I rode her for an hour before the show started, and was happy to get walk/trot/lope down the rail with all the other horses in the ring - she was relaxed and happy, so Wren was able to compete in leadline barrels and flags - they actually time the leadliners, and Wren got second in both events behind a little boy holding on for dear life as his dad flew him around. We wanted a calm, relaxed and fun experience for Wren and Whiskey so we took it a little slower. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a video of Wren and Whiskey in leadline flags...

So they had a great show. Scooby had a rough day. We had changed his bit as he hated his shanked snaffle - actually a tom thumb - it pinched him so I replaced it, but when Kellie took him in the barrels he had no rate and no brakes - she got an 18 something for time, but he was way wide coming in and she really had to ride. The good news is he didn't overbend and tuck his head in, we just asked for too much, too soon with a ineffective bit. The rest of the day he was hot and fussy- so we just went slow and concentrated on form. It was humbling running against the big kids, so we just watched and tried to pick up how people were running and enjoyed the day. I think I got one fifth place. That's ok though, competing with high caliber folks just ups your game, so we'll keep going and remember to just lope the pattern and let Scooby learn.
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    06-28-2011, 12:50 PM
Oops, forgot the pic of Kellie and Scooby - you can see his head is up and he is enjoying himself - just not paying enough attention to Kellie - oh well, lots of slow work is in order for the week...

Sorry the pic is blurry, but you get the idea...
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