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    09-09-2011, 02:09 PM
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    09-12-2011, 11:45 AM
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I gave Leroy the weekend off....Im not so sure that was a good idea. Today he was an absolute spaz. I attempted to brush him while tied and he started to freak out pulling back against his tie. Then he **** a chicken about the splint boots, then the saddle, and me picking his feet. I was really worried this would not be a good day. Once I took him out into the arena to lunge before it was time to go out to the roundpens (yes round pens today!) he was a doll. So maybe he was just having an off day in the stall.

Today was a really big day! We were supposed to ground drive today but Mary told me to get on. I put him in a side pull, I got on half way both sides a few times then jumped on. Steve, Clark, and Mary were all watching me. Steve was helping me start working with shoulder movement. I was trying to get him to take a step over (left or right) instead of dropping a shoulder out. Almost like I want him to cross over like a pivot, only one or two steps. So I pull up on my outside rein towards my opposite ear and I pull down towards my hip on the inside rein. I press with my outside leg and ask him to step over. He did it a few times! I was so proud, by the time I was done he was moving off my reins an legs fairly well.

Another big thing happened today we trotted!!!!!!! I was so excited, steve said that I was doing really good. But by the time it was time to go Leroy was focusing more on the other horses and the goats in the pasture beside us that were running around like crazy. So he would just stop an watch them. So I got about 2 more good laps of walking an I got off. Raina (owner) just emailed me and told me that Leroy has a brother that has earned 1,338 points in APHA! That's pretty cool if you ask me.

Tonight I will be putting a war bridle on him and pulling him around. For those of you who don't know a war bridle is a lariat rope that is used as a halter. It a tool we use to lighten a horse to pressure. You lay the loop around the ears of the horse but not around its nose. Like you are just hanging the loop on his ears. You run the slack underneath his jaw and up through the loop. You will get something like this.

It comes in VERY handy for people who know how to use it effectively.

Other big news.

I MADE THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be competing at the novice level
That's about it for today, more tomorrow =]
    09-12-2011, 04:30 PM
Congrats! I love reading about your experiences at Finlay (: I wish I could go and do what you are doing, but I think I'm going to end up at MSU for their vet program.

Can't wait to hear more!
    09-13-2011, 11:19 AM
Green Broke
I had a farriers appointment today at 9:30. Our hours switched so I was last group (9:15 - 10). I had to switch hours with one of my friends so I rode first hour. So I was inbetween 2 horses running around like crazy, Leroy wasnt a fan. We were working on trotting and steering today. He got a little squirrelly about twice, he never bucked. He just tucks his butt and takes off, which I would rather have a horse that takes off than bucks. Cindy said I was doing really good.

Steve gave us a demo today on one leg hobbles. He used on of our horses that is a "brat" as he would say. He explained to us hobbles are a very good tool, they teach the horse not to panic in situations where they cannot move their legs along with they are very "humbling". Steve's reason for using this certain horse is because quote "I want to wipe the smile off his face". He continued to explain to us that we need to keep the horse moving and don't let them run backwards. Once they had a horse that ran backwards and it blew out both of its stifles. Ouch! He also told us to judge how long to keep them on and not to keep them on too long because it might cause stress to the leg. Here is a photo of a long leg hobble, like the one steve was using.

The farrier appointment went well! No kicking or moving, he was perfect I put the war bridle on him last night and it didnt do a **** thing He wasnt lighter with it, it didnt do anything! He was still resisting! So im going to see if a teacher can help me later on tonight before I bathe him. Perhaps I need to put on the lariat differently. More pictures of the amazing Leroy tomorrow
    09-14-2011, 11:48 AM
Green Broke
What a day

I really think Leroy has an issue with his eye sight and that is why he is such a spaz. If you look at his pictures his eyes just don't look right, they are a little pig-eyed maybe? Something, I just can't pin point what. Anyways, he was a complete idiot in the stall. When I put on the halter he jumped sideways when I went to clip it together. When he was tied he started freaking out pulling back because of the brush. Splint boots were an epic fail he freaked out again.

When I was picking out his feet he was the worst. The first foot I picked up he refused to hold up himself. 3 times he fell to his knee because I wouldnt hold him up! Then I switched sides, I have been treating his feet for mild thrush and I asked my friend Erica to hand it to me. Once she started walking towards him he fell intop of me! He was terrified of her coming near him. I got out of the way an stood in the corner as he ran back an fourth pulling against the tie trying to get away from erica who was on one side and me who was between him and the wall. I wanted so bad to whoop on him but I knew it wouldnt do any good. I just got frustrated because we have been going through the same process everyday and all of a sudden these past 3 days everything has become a monster.

I talked to Steve out in the round pens about what I should do. He told me he is going to get his eyes checked then hobble him in the arena. I explained to him its not things that scare him its people. People on horseback are fine, its people just by themselves. I don't know why. Steve hopes he will eventually get over it. I RODE OUT IN THE SMALL ARENA TODAY! With a few other colts it was really exciting. But ofcourse Ashley walked passed us while we were riding and once she got by Leroys butt he took off.

Other than that he was really good today. Im not going to the barn tonight, I am way too tired for that. Im going home right after classes and going to bed! I am going home again this weekend I need new tires. That's all for now, more tomorrow
    09-15-2011, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
Nothing big happened today other then we LOPED! It was very exciting, he crow hopped a few times, after that he was awesome. We also started riding in a bit because with the sidepull I don't really have good steering. Tomorrow I plan on loping in the "big pen" with all the other colts. Wish me luck!
    09-15-2011, 01:54 PM
Good luck! I enjoy reading all of this!
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    09-16-2011, 09:16 PM
Green Broke
Super busy day. I only have time to type a little. Leroy was bad today he was distracted and bolty. We "galloped" around the big pen today with barely any steering what so ever. He fights the bit like it's his job. Steve wants to tie him back here soon. More Monday. Sorry this one is short
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    09-20-2011, 02:28 PM
Green Broke
I have been oh so busy lately. 2 projects due today, 3 exams this week, and 2 reports due this week. Not to mention other homework To top is all off im sick! I feel like death. Plus a new man in my life! His name is Cody, he is the boy in my psych class! We decided to study for our psych exam together and he decided to turn it into a date We have alot more in common than I thought, he is big into drag racing which I love anything that involves vehicles. He also wants to come meet Leroy an watch me show on the 5th!

Anyways....Leroy. Well we rode in the big arena yesterday with a whole bunch of other ponies. It was a struggle, he likes to be a big baby and fight the bit at all times. No matter if I am touching it or not, he is tossing his head pulling down on it, chewing, doing everything he can do try and spit it out. So I have been working on teaching him to give his chin. Its a bit early and the teachers don't want us worrying about that yet but we have steering down pretty well, besides the fact that he evades the bit He has gotten better in the past 2 days, he is giving more and throwing his head less. Cindy commented on how much better we looked today.

Today we had a demo on clipping without a twitch and teaching your horse to ride in a straight line. The clipping part was rather interesting, im definitely going to work on that with Leroy, it would be amazing to be able to clip him without a twitch. Leroy is getting used to people more and more, he was riding passed the teachers without shying away today. We have been doing alot of long trotting, so by the time we do lope in the big arena with everyone we will have some control. We have a showmanship test thursday. I got my roundpen test back today I got a 91%, I should be happy about that but im really not it could have gone alot better. We were supposed to mount (he walked off), walk half way around the pen, pick up the trot, reverse at the trot (he broke), stop, and back (i had no idea we were supposed to back!). All the while he was tossing his head trying to evade the bit. So in all seriousness it could have gone much much better.

But ohwell gotta take what you can get.
    09-22-2011, 01:31 PM
Green Broke
So for the past 2 days I have really been working on Leroy giving me his chin. He has been fighting me tooth an nail. Art O'Brien has been helping me ALOT. He gave me a bit and bridle to use. I was using just a basic O-ring snaffle, Art bumped me up to a thinner D-ring like this one.

It gives me a little more bite and a little more control. What I do with Leroy is I ride with my reins bridged, hands low and on either side of his neck. I close my fingers applying slight even pressure to the bit. Creating a "wall" with my hands. I let Leroy push into it, I keep my pressure steady while pushing him forward into the bit even more with my legs. Once he gives to the bit I dramatically release, I release my fingers and straighten my arms out. I really want to emphasize the release. He has been improving. I also got a mouth closer "cavesson" and put it pretty tight. He still managed to gape is mouth the whole time

Today we had a showmanship test. It didnt go so well at all. I had to use a war bridle for it because he was being so heavy. Our pattern was Walk, trot, stop, 90 degree turn, trot. So this is what Leroy did. Didnt wanna walk, trot, stop, kinda didnt wanna pivot, trot. ****IT! I work so hard, I have to be doing something wrong. Perhaps I am missing rewards and I don't have enough feel. I don't know. Its just frustrating.

Tonight I will be tying him back and riding him. I need to clean Art's bridle for him since he is letting me use it.

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