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        07-02-2012, 12:43 AM
    It truly sounds like you all just are so happy together and are good for each other! Ivy couldn't have found a better home, and Whiskey is definitely your girl!
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        07-02-2012, 10:20 PM
    Did things a little different today as Kellie rode with me. She was riding Whiskey and having her run up and down the pasture to get moving, and it was throwing Ivy for a loop - she was trying to run off, get past the lunge, fought the bit... we worked past it and she ended on a good note. Worked her for about 30 minutes but a storm was coming in so we called it a day - but not before Kellie filmed me getting up on Ivy -

    Ignore my behind trying to fit into my teenage daughter's barrel saddle haha!


    She is too little to do any more than that - I can't wait until my long reins come in so I can start her ground driving :)
        07-04-2012, 02:34 PM
    Ivy's first ride today

    Kellie rode Whiskey again today, I worked Ivy - this time Ivy concentrated even with Whiskey running by - she was calm and listened to me while lunging, we got the walk, trot, and lope both directions on voice cue including downward transitions. She only fought her reins a little today and seemed very relaxed so that was very good to see, and as soon as she gave that to me we stopped.

    I took a sheet and tied it to a pole, making a flag, and sacked her out with it and then walked her over our trail obstacles - she is reactive by nature so we need to do lots of sacking out. She is spooking less and less and is gaining alot of confidence.

    When Kellie was done riding, she ponied Ivy off Whiskey. I hopped on Ivy, and we walked once around the arena. I had the reins hooked to her leather cavesson under her bridle, and Kellie ponied us around once around the arena. Ivy was very good and listened to my cues. Then I hopped off, gave her lots of hugs and kisses, and she was so soft eyed and relaxed - it was a perfect first ride.

    We hosed them off and let them out into the pasture after I put Ivy's flymask on - she immediatedly rolled and then went prancing and snorting off... she was very happy to be out in the field with Whiskey.

    Loving My Ponies on this wonderful fourth of July -
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        07-04-2012, 09:28 PM
    That video of Ivy you posted last, really shows how her condition has improved since that first pic! She's a beautiful horse, and I'm not usually a fan of paints, so that's definitely saying something ;) Really great seeing her progress, you must be incredibly proud
        07-04-2012, 10:08 PM
    Thanks, Misty's Girl, I am very happy with Ivy ...

    It helps a lot that Whiskey is a really easy going mare, so Ivy feeds off that and gains confidence from her. It should be fun to watch her progress - I don't think we will recognize her next year :)
        07-06-2012, 09:10 PM
    Today Ivy had a really tough day - but I think it was for the best.

    She has been giving laterally - I can ask her to give to her sides and she gives willingly both in rope halter and in her reins - but to this point, she would just NOT give vertically - she just didn't seem to understand I was asking her to relax her jaw and put her head down and bring her nose in when I pulled down and back on the lead. So today I pushed the issue.

    I lunged her for about 20 minutes loosely bitted up, reins under her saddle leathers and tied on top of the saddle seat, and she was bracy, head up, mouth gaping - just very resistant. I had a dropped noseband, so put that on, but all that gained was more resistance. It just seemed she wasn't understanding that all she had to do was drop her head to get relief. So I tried plan B.

    I took her reins, ran them between her front legs then up along her girth and tied them on top of the saddle, not tight, but not loose either. Then I hooked the lunge line to one bit ring (I don't have a round pen) and stepped back and asked her to walk forward. She put her head up, which put pressure on her mouth, which caused her to try to get her head up higher - which caused more pressure on her mouth.

    She locked up, then reared and spun, so the lunge was basically useless as it was wrapped around her neck - then flipped herself over backwards hard. I let her get to her feet and asked her again, and again she tried to rear and spin, but I was ready and made sure to pull her head back towards me so she couldn't get the line tangled. She locked again and stood there, nose pointed to the sky, bit pulling her jaw down, eyes wide and panicked. I just stood off to the side, giving her encouragement, and let her figure it out. She took a tentative step forwards, then another, then FINALLY dropped her head which immediately took the pressure off her mouth. I swear, she was like - OHHHH, I get it now!!

    I asked her to walk off and she put her head down by her knees and walked forwards, then I saw her mouth, red and raw . It seems that when she flipped she ripped her mouth corners, probably pinched between the dropped noseband and snaffle. I told her to Whoa - then removed the noseband but asked her to trot a couple laps with the reins still on, and she gave to the pressure and moved forwards at both walk and trot. She took off at a canter, but kept her nose in and didn't fight the reins. She came back down to the trot at my voice command, then to the walk. She was gaping her mouth for most of the time, but then relaxed and moved around with her mouth closed, giving to the pressure of the reins.

    We called it a day and I took her in, cleaned her mouth, sprayed it with some numbing antiobiotic stuff, and spent extra time grooming her. I then took her rope halter and asked for the lateral movement, which she gave to the pressure, then asked for the vertical and as I pulled down on the halter she dropped her nose immediately, which was met with lots and lots of praise and petting.

    I hate that her mouth has sores on the corners, I hate that she flipped herself over... but she finally understands to give to pressure vertically, which is such an important step in her training.
        07-08-2012, 02:35 AM
    Ivy was feeling the cool stormy weather today - running and prancing in her pen, sliding to a stop at the fence and running back the other way... I went out to feed and she followed me in, so I put on her rope halter and practiced the vertical and lateral flexion and she gave immediately both sides and down. I tied her and groomed her really well, she now picks up all four feet with no issues and I brushed out her tail. After that I let her go and she followed me around as I cleaned her and Whiskey's stall and swept the barn aisle. Her sores on both corners have scabbed over and so I'll leave her snaffle off until they heal completely, but I will keep asking for that give with the rope halter.

    Whiskey got the day off because of the thunderclouds - hopefully I will ride her tomorrow - I am planning my daughter's wedding so have to go pick up tablecloths and napkins tomorrow in a nearby city - hard to guess the weather by the time I get home. Not complaining about possible rain though - we'll take all we can get! :)
        07-09-2012, 08:36 PM
    Ivy had a great day.

    We have had rain the last few days so my arena is wet... today I worked Ivy in Whiskey's paddock, which is sandy and more confined. Her scabs fell off, so in her snaffle went. I used the smaller O-ring which seems to fit her mouth better. Instead of gaping her mouth 90 percent of the time, she carried it about 60 percent of the time, so we are making progress. I hooked the lunge to the cavesson and kept the pressure off her mouth.

    I made sure to keep my energy low - speaking softly - rewarding often, lots of praise. She responded by slowing her trot, walking quite calmly, even slowly at times, keeping an ear cocked towards me and going from walk/trot/whoa immediately at my cues.

    I hooked her reins to her cavesson and got on - she is really comfortable with me on her back - I can just step on from either side. I asked her to walk off and we had a few steering issues, but I got her to walk in a large circle, whoa when asked, back a few steps and reverse directions and repeat... we were a little 'drunken sailor' weaving around, but she was very relaxed and listened well. I hopped off and we called it a day. She didn't fuss with her bit while I was on her, which was only for about 10 minutes, so that was great.

    I took her back in to untack her and I noticed how good she is getting at ground tying - normally I have to tell her to whoa and put her back in the middle of the aisle several times while I am grooming her and rubbing her down - today I put her in the aisle and she didn't move, even when I took her bridle off and then unsaddled her - I put her saddle and bridle away and she was still standing there, looking at me with her little ears forward. I brushed her down, sprayed her with her fly spray, rubbed down her legs and then picked all four feet with her completely untacked in the aisle. Only when I came back to her head, told her good girl, rubbed her forehead and walked into her stall did she move, and that was to follow me into her stall and then look at her grain bin, like "OK, where is it??"

    Meanwhile, Whiskey didn't get ridden, again - the arena is too wet and the paddock is too small to accomplish anything - so we'll try again tomorrow.
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        07-10-2012, 09:50 PM
    Here's our video of our ride! Just very calm about this whole thing :)

    And her rapidly improving ground manners
        07-11-2012, 06:10 PM
    Please don't stop posting! Im follow this thread like a lovesick school girl. The work you are doing with both of them is incredible!
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