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post #81 of 102 Old 03-21-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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IT'S SNOWING!!!!! ON MARCH 21!!!! Ahhahaha thank you, Maine. That's okay...makes me feel better about not riding today. I had a chiro appointment so I wouldn't have been able to ride anyway. $100 gone for x-rays...I really hope they can fix all this stuff! Especially my shoulders....those hurt soooo bad. I can't even remember the last time they didn't. Anyway, no updates about Mac for today, hopefully will ride Wednesday since I have Chiro tomorrow as well.

Tinyliny
: Not sure about specific disengagement exercises, though I've read about them in Clinton Anderson books and have PLANNED on doing them...but never did. I do disengage through the one-rein stop, though, when she bolts on the trail and that definitely helps keep things under control. I think it has helped her flexibility a lot, too. I know she's still stiff to the right, but when I got her she was so stiff I couldn't turn her that way at all, so it is an improvement. I'll try looking up some of those exercises and see what they involve--thank you!

lildonkey: thank you, it's kinda nice to have people read and hold me accountable to this as sometimes I forget!

netty: thanks for reading! It's been quite the journey. I am young and used to riding other peoples' naughty horses, so I think it comes par for the course for me! For some odd reason, bucking has never bothered me much. Rearing on the other hand, I'll act like a big baby usually. The bolting bothers me at times...but with my horse that is literally in a days work. And that spinning morgan I rode has made me totally immune to spinning. I think that I was lucky in a way to always ride a variety of horses instead of having my own...it prepared me for anything.

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post #82 of 102 Old 03-21-2011, 09:06 PM
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Amlalriiee,

I found this book by Marty Marten, called "Problem solving" or somthing like that. It is the best description of how to do alot of this stuff I talk about. He studied with Tom Dorrance (or was that Bill?), but he explains it a lot easier to understand than Dorrance does. Here is the link to his website.
This book is jam packed with info, and cheap, too.
http://www.martymarten.com/Volume_1.pdf
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post #83 of 102 Old 03-22-2011, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I'll definitely check that out :) Looks like a good information source!

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post #84 of 102 Old 03-22-2011, 08:08 PM
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Loving this! Can't wait for another post :)
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post #85 of 102 Old 03-23-2011, 08:38 PM
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I also love the fact that a horse you know is named Mackenzie!

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post #86 of 102 Old 03-24-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh..haven't been able to go out to the barn yet this week :( had three chiropractic appointments(Mon, Tues, Thurs) and snow and staff meetings...craziness. I am DEFINITELY riding tomorrow or Mackenzie will go nutso!!!!

Lildonkey:
Mackenzie is the one that is my horse :) Her name used to be Misty but the owner before me changed it and I am glad she did! I think Mackenzie is such a cute name!

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post #87 of 102 Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 PM
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lol Nice! My name is McKenzie...what a coincidence!

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post #88 of 102 Old 03-26-2011, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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SO, I unexpectedly decided to move by this weekend and yeah...poor Mackenzie. I am going to ride tomorrow.....but haven't since my last post. It's hard to be motivated when I'm so busy and it's still kinda cold...doesn't help that I decided to move and that wore out my back since I'm not fully recovered.Oh well! I'm riding tomorrow and now that I'm moved I'll be closer to her and it will be easier to get out there and ride. It was an hour drive to the barn, but now it'll be 20 min :) Better in the long run, though it made me neglect her for the week.

I adopted a dog today! Coonhound/Pitbull mix...6 years old, very cute. His name is Hooch I might have to give HIM a name change!! I would feel bad telling little kids his name is Hooch!

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post #89 of 102 Old 03-27-2011, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Rode Mac today...felt so good to get out and see her, although I felt guilty when I saw how dirty she was. I HATE going a whole week without riding her! Anyway, stayed in the arena again because it was super windy, haven't ridden her in a week, and just figured that was the smartest idea. We did a lot of transitions, walk/trot and walk/halt. A few halt/trot ones too. She was sooo high strung today...but that's my fault for not making it out during the week. I rode for about an hour and just as she was settling in, the wind picked up, trees started making a lot of noise, and she started spooking/bucking/bolting across the arena. LOVELY. Couldn't get her mind back on me after that, so I did some walk halt transitions as a "cool down" then did some ground work and took her for a walk up the road to make it end on a good note. Haha....desperate attempt to end on a good note.

We have ducks and chickens at the barn and they're growing SOOO fast!!!! Chiro tomorrow and picking up the dog, whose name will be Samwise. :) Sammy for short...YAY! Moving some more stuff today. Ldkfjdkja tired. Haha

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post #90 of 102 Old 03-27-2011, 08:31 PM
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ecellent way to end the day with her by doing ground work and taking her for a walk...i oughta remember that one :)
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