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post #1 of 86 Old 08-22-2011, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Equine Major: Soph. Year

Hello! Today was our first day of our soph. year. Im living off campus with my best friend Nora who is a senior in my program. Nora is an intern at the barn which means she is the managers assistant, pretty much the boss of all the students . I have 5 campus classes 2 communication classes, spanish, psych, and equine nutrition. I will be posting notes for those of you who like nutrition

This year each student gets assigned 1 unbroke horse (under 3) for the entire semester. There are mostly stock breeds but a few halflingers, warmbloods, TB's, and one arabian. We will be required to start from the ground up, we start with stall catching. We have to make as much progress as possible by finals (first week in december). They will be grading us weekly on progress.
We are required to be at the barn by 7am to feed and we are done at 10am. I have to get there earlier because i got a job cleaning stalls for one of the trainers at the barn (over 11 stalls) 3 days a week. We must clean 2 stalls (that includes our horse assignment).

They separate our class into 3 groups that rotate every hour in the round pen. We have a "riding hour" and cleaning hours. Tomorrow we get horse assignments, i really want a stud colt wish me luck! Between an unbroke, campus classes, a job, and a boyfriend that is 3 1/2 hours away this should be a very interesting year!
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post #2 of 86 Old 08-22-2011, 03:37 PM
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Good luck! I'm looking forward to sering the notes about what you learn.
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post #3 of 86 Old 08-23-2011, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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I got my horse assignment today! He is a 15.2h sold sorrel paint gelding with 3 white socks named Dirty Character. The owners are a breeding farm out in Idaho, the people who sent him were seniors last year in the program and requested me for the horse I felt pretty special, a girl in my class is very close with the owners and she told me that they asked if i could handle a challenge, she told them yes. Soooooooo hes a bit of a nervous nelly, i assume he is hard to catch because they left the halter on him. It took me about 10 minutes to catch him in the stall. As soon as i touched him he had a cow.

After i caught him i took some time to rub the whip all over him, rub on him, talk to him. I started pulling him around in the stall to see how responsive he is. After a while he started to relax, i took him out of the stall into the main arena. His expression was the whole time, i power walked him for a good 15 mintues, he was too nervous to really work on anything so i just let him look around and soak it all in. Hes certainly a looker, nicely placed neck, nice shoulder, ok hip. The teachers really like him, one told me hes one of the better looking ones.

I will be putting up pictures later of Leroy (my horse) and the vanner. Tomorrow we start round penning them and working with ground manners. Each person gets a sheet of papers with the owners names, and information about the horse. The owners said that Leroy has been ridden at the walk and trot with side pulls BUT they still consider him "unbroke"........i wonder why? To me that is green but who knows, they said he was a challenge perhaps he was a real trouble maker under saddle. I have worked with a mentally unstable horse before, not saying hes unstable but iv had a little experience with the exploding types. Which i have a feeling he might be and exploder. Guess i wont know untill i get on wish me luck!

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Subbing, sounds really cool.
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Sounds awesome can't wait for more
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post #6 of 86 Old 08-23-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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post #7 of 86 Old 08-23-2011, 12:21 PM
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Awesome! Anxious to hear about your progress.
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post #8 of 86 Old 08-23-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I found a video of Leroy!
^^ I know the video display is small, click the youtube button on it to see the larger version

This is Leroy's Sire

His dam is Charismatic Splash

I was told he is going to be shown APHA until sold, i assume they want me to make him an all-arounder

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Today we didnt get to the round pens, it was storming. Steve gave all of us a demo about how to start to teach your horse to lunge and keeping yourself at a safe distance. He also demonstrated how to bend on the ground and get the horse used to having you leaning on their back. He showed us how to start getting the horse used to moving off your leg by using a stick. Steve talked about body position and how it effects the outcome of the desired action. He used one of the unbrokes for the demo, it was a little sorrel cow bred mare. We have a test on stall catching Friday, the horse is required to go to his feed box and stand there while being haltered.

I got to the barn around 6:30 to get a head start on my stalls. Leroy was still a crazy bird in the stall, i touched him and he freaked. But after that he seemed to calm down. He watches me like a hawk, generally in the stall his eyes are always following me. When i ask him to go to his feed box when i first open the door he gets there and then turns his head to me and starts bobbing it like he is trying to tell me something. He seems to be a very emotional horse, he is constantly thinking and seems to always have something to say. I look him out to the area with a rope halter and a stick to work with what Steve showed us. He was a completely different horse!

Once we got into the arena he was whinnying a little and being a looky poo. But once we started working on moving off pressure he calmed right down and went to work. He did great with it all, you could tell he has done it before. Other people didnt have as much luck as me, the people with TB's were really struggling. One girl's horse got loose because he was dragging her across the arena. A few of the girls from the english barn (they come to the western barn to break colts) were struggling with their warmbloods, one Steve had to cut in and introduce the horse to jesus

Im going to post a few pictures of Leroy and the gypsy vanner =] Tomorrow we really do go into the round pens. Im hoping to get on Leroy by the end of next week, we will see.
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