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    07-11-2012, 07:12 PM
Must. Have. New. Pictures.
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    07-11-2012, 07:21 PM
She's such a cutie patootie! Very calm and trusting :)
    07-12-2012, 08:37 PM
I got Wren, my 6 year old, a kids saddle today (she outgrew her little one) and some spurs, as she wants to start riding Whiskey more... she had a fun lesson today - worked on moving Whiskey around the cones and stopping at the cones. Whiskey is extremely lazy with Wren, but Wren is happy just doing little things for now. Her saddle has tapaderos so her foot didn't sit right, she couldn't get much of her toe in) so I need to get her new stirrups... she did some of her lesson with no stirrups which is good for her balance anyway.

After her lesson I got on Whiskey and had to give her an attitude adjustment as she was pinning her ears, shaking her head, swishing her tail as we went through our paces in horsemanship - so as she would express her displeasure at having to work, she would get a spank, or a jerk on the reins, or we would back up hard and do it again - until she decided it was just easier to do it right without "talking back" ... rode her for about 30 minutes, but it's hot outside so that was enough.

I got Ivy a new snaffle bit - it's a full cheek, 5 inch, and I think 3/4 - so it is a little smaller than my other bits, and she seemed more comfortable in it today - I lunged her at just a walk with the reins hooked to her bit and waited her out until she quit gaping her mouth - about 15 minutes - then we trotted for a bit, then a canter around once or twice, then back to the walk. When she was comfortable packing her bit around and didn't gape at the pressure of the reins, I got on her and we walked around with reins hooked to the snaffle and practiced walking in a straight line, stopping, turning both directions and listening to my legs as I pushed her out and asked her to turn...

After her ride I gave her a bath, clipped her, and Kellie came out and we got a few pictures and then swept the barn.

Ivy is mad that she is in a different paddock than Whiskey, so is spending alot of time running along her fenceline whenever Whiskey wanders out in the back pasture.. Ivy is already thin and is on free feed grass and alfalfa, but is still thin and is hitting a growth spurt so her butts going back in the air. I am going to pick her up some weight builder to get a little more weight on her... we wormed them both and then called it a day.

Here are some pictures... we have had Ivy since June 5th, and today is July 12, so I think this is 5 weeks and a few days since we got her... she is coming along great...
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    07-12-2012, 08:45 PM
That saddle is sooooo cute!!! Lol, omg.

Ivy is looking phenomenal. I'm jealous...like always,
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    07-13-2012, 11:39 PM
Why is riding a straight line so hard?!!

Today that was my goal with Whiskey, - straight lines. In a curb. One handed. Good lord, you would think I was asking her to do calculus. Off to the right. Off to the left. Head looking around.... jeesh. I loped her around, she was heavy on her forehand, not driving behind - so I picked her up and made her canter until she cleaned up her legs... then we went back to lines. Walk straight down the line. Stop. Pivot 1 1/4. Trot a straight line. Stop. Pivot 1 1/4. Lope a straight line... etc, basically doing a big square in the arena - but everytime she went to the left I would pull her to the right then go back to the pattern... I put a neck sweat on her for the whole ride (about 45 minutes) and when I took it off she was pretty foamy, so I hosed her neck off then walked her up to the front of the house where hubby and kids were watering the trees... .hubby hopped on and I got some pictures, she was very good for him ... he told me, "she is so well trained, I just have to give her the smallest signal to turn and she does"... it was a good night for her.

Ivy went back out in the big arena out back and the kids were playing, climbing all over the fence, the dogs were out, and she was very distracted. Which was good practice for her - I lunged her for 30 minutes and she kept wanting to run off, so I let her run. When she wanted to trot I pushed her back into a canter for another lap or two before asking her to trot. After she relaxed and started listening, we worked on walk/whoa/ stand for another 10 minutes. Then I brought her back into the front of the barn and hopped on her and walked her around - it's an area I haven't ridden her in yet and want to keep exposing her to new things...

Here's pics of Ward (my hubby) and Whiskey. :)
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    07-16-2012, 01:38 AM
I am planning my daughter's wedding, and found that my parents are coming out - I am 41 years old, haven't seen my parents (they live in another state) for years, so I started looking at my house and property with very critical eyes, and seeing lots of areas that need to be cleaned and polished... so yesterday I spent from 7 am to 5 pm weeding the front flower beds and then putting new mulch down and then repainting the front porch... I was so sore today I could barely move so didn't ride Whiskey.

I did take Ivy out and just put on her snaffle, and lunged her for about 15 minutes - I am getting concerned at the gaping - I have never had a horse that was so sensitive to the bit... I am thinking I am going to have to use a cavesson to prevent a habit from forming. If I put the bridle on with no reins she only gapes for about 5 to 10 minutes before accepting it - if I put the reins on it she roots her head down, gapes, lifts her head - eventually she quiets her mouth but then tries again... I am willing to give her all the time she needs, but do not want to her make a habit out of this. I have started lots of horses, and normally after a few weeks they have accepted the bit - but Ivy is really reactive, really sensitive, and really smart, which makes her pretty tricky.

Her ground manners are rough still, so today we worked on walk, whoa and stand. I used her bridle, and she was chomping furiously, lip wrinkling, leaning into me, and looking for Whiskey. We went slow, I gave lots of praise, and pushed her backwards when she leaned or stepped off or otherwise showed impatience - I walked off and raised my hand quickly to brush away a bug in my face and she startled backward, so then we worked on her walking calmly next to me even when I would flap my hand or move unexpectedly.
    07-16-2012, 05:55 AM
Maybe it's too tight?? I'm not sure.

Something interfering with her teeth?
    07-16-2012, 09:16 AM
Sky, I have tried three different snaffles... first a d ring, then a small o-ring, now a full cheek snaffle. I have tried them all loose (no wrinkle, dropped slightly so she can carry it), normal (one wrinkle), and even one tighter than I would normally go (one and a baby wrinkle)... she seems to like it with one wrinkle, and the full cheek is a smaller bit (5 inch), and fits her the best - but we are still getting lots of resistance when there is any pressure on it. She is going to be a show pony, so we can't go bit less, she just needs to accept the bit.

I will try the drop noseband tonight and see if I can get a little video to show with and without and the position of her snaffle - since her teeth were just done and her wolf teeth were removed I don't think it's a teeth issue... she kind of has me stumped on this - I don't want to stress her out with more head gear, but don't want to allow a bad habit of evading either.... hmmmm.
    07-16-2012, 08:27 PM
Okay, so I decided to step back - take off the saddle, just keep the full cheek snaffle, and let her deal with one thing at a time. I took her out, brushed her down, started swirling the lead all around her head and then around her body, and just desensitized her - put the bridle on and repeated, then took her out and lunged her at the walk - she started gaping at first, so I decided to distract her by jumping around, waving the lead, doing jumping jacks - the neighbors probably think I am insane - but it worked - she stopped worrying about her bit and started walking around with one ear cocked on me - she gaped at the trot but I kept her at the walk for the majority of the 30 minute session and she kept her mouth really quiet. I was really pleased with this and took her in and we called it a night. Here are some pictures:
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    07-17-2012, 11:09 AM
Just a question, do you have the lunge line clipped onto the curb chain, or the bit? Its hard to tell in those photos. If its the curb chain, that might be the problem becuase there would be constant pressure from the weight of the lunge line. Just an idea :)

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