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    06-29-2011, 12:33 AM
So they both got the day off yesterday - Scooby especially needed it as he ran all day on Sunday -

Today Scooby and Kellie worked for an hour on a western riding pattern - working on lead changes and trotting between the cones - going over the log... she had two barrels set up as well and at first he wanted to charge around them but she worked on making him listen to what she wanted. I wasn't home but she said he did really well.

For Whiskey - I bitted her up loosely and then lunged her for a half hour - she was really fussy at first, when asked to lope off she did a lot of head shaking, lunging forward, throwing half bucks and acting a fool. So she got lots of transitions from lope to trot to lope until it wasn't a big deal - this took the above mentioned half hour. Then we changed directions and repeated, doing walk/trot/lope transitions until she was relaxed about them. So after about 45 minutes total she seemed ready to ride. I set up a long L shape with two eight foot poles on each leg of the L, and then added poles to add a box on one end. We then did trot overs, turns in the box, sidepasses both ways down the long leg, and then lope overs. Her sidepasses are getting very smooth. We then used Kellie's western riding pattern to trot between and around the cones, and she is doing great turning under me. I finished her ride by asking her to lope a circle both ways, and for each way she stepped into the lope and I had a nice loose rein. I was really pleased - I was on her for about an hour and twenty minutes.

I got off her, turned her loose in the pasture (4 acres they aren't allowed out on right now as we are trying to let the pasture recover) and then turned out
Scooby as well. Scooby of course, hothead that he is, took off with his tail in the air and blew around the pasture with Whiskey in hot pursuit. The sun was going down so the light was really pretty, and they hauled butt around the pasture for a few laps - snorting and blowing. I let them stay out there for a half hour then called them back into their paddock for some complete feed. I dont' feed grain 'cause Scooby's too hot, but I do give them a couple scoops of complete feed to give them a boost they need being on grass hay.

Cleaned out the stalls and picked up the poop from the paddock and dumped it around the outside of the arena. We run the harrow over it and then the drag once a week so we don't have a manure pile. Our neighbors appreciate it. After that watered the trees in the yard and headed in. A nice night.
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    06-30-2011, 04:38 PM

Looked up the classes today and decided we would show in the following:
Whiskey will go in Solid Paint Bred Poles, Barrels and Stake Race. This amuses me somewhat as we have never actually loped a pattern yet, let alone run one. However, November is a long way off and Whiskey is doing pretty good. This is for fun and for a picture anyway, so if we end up trotting the patterns, so be it.

I'll ride Scooby in Novice barrels and poles, and Kellie will ride him in junior barrels, open poles and open stake race. She has to ride in those classes as she is still technically a youth (she's 19 in August) and thus only eligible for open classes.

That is a total of 8 classes at 150. A shot. Plus 225. Stall fees for each horse, then shavings - I figure ( a guestimate since the actual premium book isn't out and I am going off last years prices) that I will spend 1700.00 for the stalls and classes alone. OUCH.

Then another 1250. For cheapo hotel, gas, and food puts us at 3000.00 for the show.

So I have to put away 375. A paycheck between now and November to swing showing in all the classes I want to. Doable, but will cut down on my buying tack and playing at the local events -

The horses are doing well - Last night Scooby went with Kellie to a cattle clinic, and he did great! He is a pretty fearless guy, and his only issue was he got a little spooked from her throwing the rope. He tracked the cows, pushed them around the pen, and Kellie had a great time.

Whiskey was a fun ride. I weaved cones set up so I could "pole bend" around them and she is really responsive. We had a lot of fun. Did loping transitions and she is getting better as we gradually increase the time she spends cantering. We'll go slow - November is still a long way off.
    06-30-2011, 07:25 PM
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Good job, good luck!
    07-07-2011, 10:25 PM
So, we took a week vacation to Texas to visit family for July 4th... this is what happened to my BRAND NEW TRUCK...

A hay hauler blew a tire and it flew up, and by the time I hit the brakes the tire busted in the window, flew back out and ended up on the roof. Somehow I was able to get the truck over and we all walked away with no injuries. So now my truck is stuck 12 hours from home for the next three weeks while they fix it - almost 7,000 dollars of damage - thank goodness for insurance. Then we will head back down to Texas to pick my truck back up.

We got home and saw the saddle I ordered - it's nice and fits well, but apparently the seller lacuqered the saddle!! Why would someone lacquer the saddle?? How irritating. Other than the laquer, it is acually a nice saddle and I only paid 300. For it so I guess it'll do.

Kellie is out lunging Scooby and we spent an hour cleaning stalls and the pen, so I am taking a break and will start lunging Whiskey tomorrow and getting back into the routine.

Happy to be home.
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    07-07-2011, 10:26 PM
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    07-09-2011, 12:32 AM
Went out to work Whiskey today and saw that Scooby has managed to rub off a good 6 inch section of his lower mane... about one inch gone completely the rest less than two inches long. Awesome.

He has a huge paddock - about 150 feet by 400 feet - and only about 16 feet of it was a three rail fence that he insisted on sticking his head through. So instead of riding Whiskey I spent a couple hours adding two by fours in between the two by sixes to make a five rail fence that he couldn't stick his head through. Then another hour putting chew stop on it all.

On an exciting note I got invited to ride in a Julie Goodnight TV show in August. It is being filmed in Salida, which is only a couple hours away, so I am going to go and ride and enjoy the experience. I figure the more things he is exposed to the better. It is only a month away and of course his mane is not going to be looking good. What a brat! I am starting the MTG regimen now and hopefully by November and the world show we will have enough mane grown for it to lie flat.

Kellie rode him this morning and loves the new saddle - he did great for her, she did barrels again today so tomorrow will be a trail ride.
    07-09-2011, 10:59 PM
Whiskey back under saddle for the first time in ten days, and she was great. Lunged her for 20 minutes first, lots of transitions, then friends of mine showed up, so Kellie took over and started trotting the barrels with her. She did fantastic.

Scooby went to a 4H show, but Kellie got there late so she just rode to exhibition him - he would have got 2nd with his time of 21 in a large arena. Kelly had a really fun day.

We are just having a great time with these horses.
    07-10-2011, 07:55 PM
So today we went to our local gymkhana. I was going to just ride Whiskey in the warm-up and cheer Kellie on in her events, but when I found out there were no entries in the 19 and over, I figured, What the Heck, and entered her.

Whiskey did really well. I loped her through the patterns and she was so happy and relaxed, we had a really fun, easy day... and the high point award was a nice grooming bag with a brush, curry, hoofpick, washbrush, and scraper. I was stoked! I felt kinda bad accepting the award, but hey - I paid the entry fee and they didn't cancel the class - so good news for me. She was a little nervous in the warm-up when barrel horses came charging up behind her, I actually had to one rein stop her once, but kept her out there and let her understand they weren't going to bite her. For the first time in that arena I couldn't ask for better. And loping too! Yay!

Kellie got third overall - here are placings and times:
Barrels 3rd 20.99 Top time: 18.62
75 up n back 3rd 9.76 Top time: 9.52
Flags 4th 14.38 Top time: 10.19
Poles 3rd 33.24 Top time: 31.22
Keyhole 2nd 11.18 Top time: 10.40

She was showing against the little britches girls, so we were very happy with the results. Scooby was relaxed, fast, calm, and really attentive to Kellie, and also the first time for him in that arena. We had a really great day.
    07-10-2011, 09:38 PM
Here's a video of Whiskey loping the up and back pattern.... the video is a little wobbly -

    07-10-2011, 09:43 PM
And her pole pattern - we were just going to trot it, but she wanted to lope up and back and I was happy to let her...


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