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post #31 of 67 Old 03-31-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Kaja is shedding and losing her hay belly, so she's starting to look like a horse under all that fluff. I upped her Strategy to help gain some more weight, as she has plateaued. Hopefully with the warmer weather, she won't use so much energy staying warm.



She also turns and stares at me when she feels like I've been brushing her butt too much.



I also took a video of her running around. I didn't lunge her on a line beforehand, just let her run around. She did stay in a circle for more of it, so that impressed me. But her "ho" without a line needs work, though I'll give her some credit from not being worked in a while. I'm going to let her be and get fat with minimal work. She's a good girl and won't forget her training.

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post #32 of 67 Old 03-31-2013, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, also forgot to mention that she got a new halter that isn't a hand-me-down from Abby. I decided I liked blue on her. Abby's color is purple, which Kaja looks good in, but is hard to keep track of which halters belong to whom (Abby's got a huge head).



Oh, and the farrier said a couple weeks ago that Kaja has "textbook perfect feet." Woo! Not bad for a $15 horse.
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post #33 of 67 Old 03-31-2013, 02:12 AM
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She looks AMAZING in blue. Seriously, stick with that shade of blue cause it looks great on her. :) She's doing amazing so far!! Have you thought about adding beet pulp or rice bran to help her gain weight? I had great success with rice bran.

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post #34 of 67 Old 03-31-2013, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Woah! Someone actually reads this! I had no idea. I was more keeping this as a log of our training.

I was just thinking about rice bran, actually. Beet pulp could work and wouldn't be much of an inconvenience if she were stalled because a couple of mares already get it, but being outside, it might be forgotten. When I'm there tomorrow, I'll give her a taste of the rice bran to see if she'll eat it; I' m sure she will because she tried to eat my leather glove the other day. (Whole thing in her mouth and I had to yank it back out.)
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post #35 of 67 Old 04-08-2013, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Kaja is still happily shedding. I might have a real pony underneath soon!

Her and Abby were both got to try their new feed today. Purina Ultium. They're coming to the summer camp I work at this summer. Abby was there in 2011, when I was there all summer, but I didn't bring her last year because I was only there for a couple of weeks. In 2011, Abby lost a ton of weight. Her Strategy is fine when we just go on trail rides 2-3 days a week or rather light work, with some random galloping in fields, but camp is 4-5 days a week for what can end up being hours a day. It's also up and down hills rather than flat corn and sugar beet fields.

Sooo we needed something with more fat. Kaja also needs weight badly (IMO. She's at like 4 condition score, but I like closer to 6) so more calories in her food plus just more feed will do her good. Except the little sh*t doesn't like apples! What the hell is wrong with my mares?? One hates carrots and now the one that literally tries to eat everything else, edible or not, spit it right back out.
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post #36 of 67 Old 04-08-2013, 10:49 PM
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Kaja is still happily shedding. I might have a real pony underneath soon!

Her and Abby were both got to try their new feed today. Purina Ultium. They're coming to the summer camp I work at this summer. Abby was there in 2011, when I was there all summer, but I didn't bring her last year because I was only there for a couple of weeks. In 2011, Abby lost a ton of weight. Her Strategy is fine when we just go on trail rides 2-3 days a week or rather light work, with some random galloping in fields, but camp is 4-5 days a week for what can end up being hours a day. It's also up and down hills rather than flat corn and sugar beet fields.

Sooo we needed something with more fat. Kaja also needs weight badly (IMO. She's at like 4 condition score, but I like closer to 6) so more calories in her food plus just more feed will do her good. Except the little sh*t doesn't like apples! What the hell is wrong with my mares?? One hates carrots and now the one that literally tries to eat everything else, edible or not, spit it right back out.
I'm sure Kaja will try them again as she gets older. My gelding used to spit carrots and apples out, even when they were mixed into all his yummy grain. He now eats carrots happily, and I'm pretty sure he ate the apple pieces out of his feed the other day. They're just like kids sometimes!
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post #37 of 67 Old 04-08-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to keep trying. Abby was happy to eat all of her pieces Kaja spit out. Abby, on the other hand, literally sniffs carrots and turns her nose up at them like it's some kind of insult that I should feed her such a thing. Abbytude.
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post #38 of 67 Old 06-02-2013, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Good god. Have I really not updated this in almost TWO months?? ****. It was way back on the 3rd page. MYYY BAD. I've been busy, so I'm sorry to the like 2 people who may actually read this.

Kaja is doing well. She's finally almost entirely shed out, aside from about the lower half of her legs. She got hauled ~300 miles across the state 2 weeks ago by a friend, where she spent a week. My mom got to meet her finally because she didn't even know Kaja existed. oops.. Then she was hauled back about 50 miles to the summer camp I work at.

She's out in a field with Abby and my friend's mare and gelding. Abby and the other mare know Kaja, but this gelding didn't and decided that Kaja must die. And decided that she doesn't need just discipline for herd order..she needs to DIE. The gelding has repeatedly attacked her versus just a dirty look to keep her out of his space. The field they're all in is about 12 acres, so she has plenty of room to stay away from them, but I feel bad because her friend (Abby) left her to go play with others.

Sooo Kaja has been a major cuddle buddy for me and the other human staff. She hangs out with us while we have other horses tied next to their gate and nickers at me all the time. Her old buddy Java will also be out there shortly, so hopefully she remembers Kaja and will be her friend. If this continues with the gelding however, I am going to insist he gets moved in with the horses owned by the camp rather than the pasture reserved for wrangler horses.

Oh, and Kaja got her cinch today. I found the camp saddle I had in mind for her and appears to fit decently, I just didn't have a cinch that was even close to fitting. We'll see how it fits within the next couple of days. Probably tomorrow morning.
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post #39 of 67 Old 06-02-2013, 10:40 PM
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I demand shedded Kaja pictures. She's so freaking CUTE <3 how old is she now?

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I read your story! I love it. You experience and how you write (Like a diary) is inspiring to me.
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