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    08-29-2011, 01:45 AM
I forgot to mention I bought a bling bridle at the fair, and added my award buckles to it so it looks pret-ty fancy! I'll take a pic of Whiskey tomorrow with it on...

Today Whiskey had a 45 minute ride, we did lots of shoulder work, having her lift her shoulders up and yield to the rein and my leg when we turned, trying to get the neck rein started. Lots of trotting on a loose rein around, lots of changes of directions and rate changes with little rein and lots of hips and leg cues... Then big circles with a little more speed, she isn't fast by any stretch, but we were able to canter the circles good with smaller, slower circles - trying to get her comfortable going a little faster. She really, really hates the right lead, just like in the horsemanship video again, she is really good at lifting off with that left leg even with (I think) pretty clear cues. So we worked on that for a bit too. Then a walk around the pasture and I put her away.

Scooby had the day off and goes back to work tomorrow - but since he has been doing nothing but speed for weeks getting ready for the fair we are going to do some trail rides and horsemanship stuff for a while with him... something new to occupy his mind with.
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    09-05-2011, 11:08 PM
Been a busy long weekend getting the barn in shape, my arms and back are tired. Having to put the horses under lights, I decided they needed bigger stalls and so reconfigured the barn. I took some of my aisleway and swung the last stall around so it is the old 12x12 stall plus the 11 foot aisle, so now the stall is 23 x 12. The middle stalls I took out the seperating wall so now Scooby's stall is 12 x 24. I am really pleased, this is how it looks...

The tack room used to open out into the aisle where the stall is now, so it had to be turned around, the white door leads into the tack room - its 12 x 15. Then there is a grooming area, the feed room and a small electrical room down that side of the barn.

I love this barn, this is the view looking out...

Its very peaceful out there. I had to move my aisleway rubber mats into the last stall, so now have to buy more aisle mats, as the concrete is smooth concrete and very slick for the horses, which is too bad, 'cause sweeping concrete much easier than sweeping mats.

Love this mountain view... anyway, we went trail riding this week and had a great time, been riding about 5 times a week and horses are doing well, we are going to start hauling to the local arenas at least once a week to get the horses used to other arenas and the hauling...

They are under lights now, look great, and have nice big stalls to stretch out in. The routine is they are in at 5, get dinner and the lights go on until 10. At 6 am the lights go back on, I go throw feed before work and clean stalls, then Kellie lets them out at 9 and they are outside until I get home, we ride, then groom and back in the stalls. As the weather cools we will add blankets, it is still pretty warm.

One last pic of Whiskey in her stall...

    09-08-2011, 09:16 PM
Today was so much fun... we took our old yellow plastic slip n slide and dragged it around and let the horses follow us, then we draped it over Whiskey's saddle and she carried it, then flapped it all around her... she was very good and had no problems at all... then Scooby wore it too. Then we hung it over a post and as we rode we would go by it, pick it up, wave it around and then put it back.

Our exercises today was a barrel pattern using four barrels set in a square so you could trot the barrel pattern from four different directions... then horsemanship patterns. Whiskey is getting so soft and responsive, I just had a great ride and Kellie and Scooby had a great ride as well.
    09-10-2011, 02:27 PM
This may not be the place to ask but I can't seem to find any info on the APHA site or anywhere else for that matter:
I have two "Paint" horses; one I've had for years, the other one I got recently. Is there ANY way I can send in DNA with NO idea of parentage to find out if either of them are or could be registered? Breed shows aren't very popular where I'm at but it would just be cool to know! Especially since the new addition is a supposed Hurricane Katrina rescue.
Any help would be appreciated!
    09-10-2011, 06:20 PM
Hi EastCoast - without an idea of parentage, I am afraid not... DNA can confirm parentage, but you would have to have parent samples on file (and know where to look for them) to do so... however, if they show the markings, you could hardship register them into the Pinto association...

Cheers, Kris
    09-10-2011, 06:41 PM
We had a great day today ... took the horses out into the field behind our house ... its about 200 acres, and has open spaces, gullies, washes... lots of ups and downs and spaces to run...

It takes about 20 minutes to walk them down there, and we spend another 40 minutes out there just letting them see the sights. We did flexing and bending out in the field, then Kellie let Scooby really open up - their are trails that are mowed, so we don't have to worry about holes or anything hiding in the deep grass. It was amazing to see how much speed he has.

I took Whiskey out, but she is only three so my expectations are very different... I let her run, pick her way through the dry creek beds and back up the sides, and she had a great time, all that time spent working on bending and flexing is really paying off as she moves very nicely.

Got them home and spend some time bending and flexing around the barrels before brushing them down and putting them out. The sun was out, the weather was warm and we had a great time.
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    09-12-2011, 10:14 PM
Today is my husbands birthday, and I didn't ride because I was getting everything ready...

I was online looking at past world show patterns, and I am terrified! I have a knot in my stomach and am completely doubting myself right now! Are we insane?? We are taking a three year old that has never run a pattern to the world show, she isn't ready for a horsemanship pattern and we will be completely lucky if she doesn't lose her mind in the activity at the show... we are going to look like fools.

Scooby I think will actually do well, he is riding better every day and I believe we will have a good ride in at least one event ;)

I can't believe I am this nervous! We are taking Whiskey to shows this weekend and next weekend to ride in the arenas and try to get us acclimated to a show environment... we have been riding like crazy and she is doing great, but we need to get back out and get in traffic!

I'll have Kellie record our horsemanship class on Saturday so we can see how we are doing... just a bundle of nerves now - we are less than two months away!
    09-15-2011, 10:41 PM
Well, it's been raining for two days, but we aren't complaining, rain is always good... we rode in the pasture today in the rain and just did walk/trot and turns, bending, and pivots... Scooby is doing great and Whiskey is very happy these days...

Not much to report. Kellie reminded me we are in it for the road trip and pictures, so I have recovered from my panic attack... 7 weeks and we will be on the road!
    09-18-2011, 10:45 PM
Here is a video of Whiskey from Saturday ... she is getting very responsive - this is a horsemanship video taken after we were working on barrel drills so as we went past that barrel she swerved for it... I do like how her pivots are coming along...

I took both horses to the local gymkhana today ... Scooby is having problems with his bit, he was anxious and shaking his head, going into the first barrel he was so busy fussing we lost all kinds of time, but his turns were really snappy - a mixed bag... I wasn't happy and he wasn't happy. In our other events we did well and won flags but I was really made aware of how unhappy he is going into the barrels. - We have to slow down and go back to a snaffle for the next month and let him relax...

Whiskey was great, she was really calm and laid back for the show. Her barrel class and up and back she was so happy and her turns were really clean and we loped them nicely. Her flag pattern was really good, but I missed the second flag so my bust. She is in a snaffle bit and really respectful - we got a lot of compliments for her really smooth patterns - I think she might turn into a really nice horse.

We had to leave early because Scooby threw a shoe, luckily the farrier is coming out on Thursday. No pics cause Kellie wasn't there, but there is one last show next weekend so hopefully pics then...
    09-25-2011, 06:40 PM
Today was almost a great day!! We went cow sorting at latigo, our local arena - here is our best run, we almost had it but as we let the last two cows in, the 5 cow jumped in front of the 4 cow so we got disqualified - here is the video...

Whiskey was great with the cows, great with the traffic, just did fantastic. Scooby started the day great but kicked at another horse, then kicked again - Kellie worked his little butt for the next ten minutes, but he was all hot and bothered the rest of the day, and he now gets to wear a red ribbon on his butt - great. She's taking a crop out so in the future any pinning of ears will result in a whooping - hopefully stop that crap immediately. He is very bonded to Whiskey and that isn't helping matters, I am pretty sure he was trying to keep others away from his girl!

I told Kellie he isn't allowed to make decisions for himself when she is riding him, she is in charge - so to move his hind end away from folks, and always be prepared to crack him one if he gets an inkling of putting another horse in check... other that that - it was a really fun day though... just wish he would just tone it down some, you know?

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