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    08-01-2012, 02:42 AM
Thunderstorms again today - but shows are getting close so I decided to risk a quick ride on Whiskey ... she was so good at the end of the ride I dropped her bridle and rode just using one rein as a strap :)

I went out and set up the poles so I could start working on trail - Ivy was in the back of the field grazing (peacefully, well away from Whiskey's pen - which made me very happy). She wandered up and "helped" me set up the poles, so I led her in the front paddock, then got whiskey out.

I worked on walk, pivot (both ways), jog and extended jog, then back to jog. After we warmed up we started going over the poles and she was very clean with her feet. We had some trouble with lope overs at the clinic, so I just set up two lope overs at a 90 degree angle and practiced loping up to them, getting my spacing right, and going over smoothly. When we would get off in our approach, I stopped, backed her up, then approached again. Did it very calmly, low energy, and stopped as soon as she didn't rush at all - either in the approach, between the poles, or after we got through it. (took about 12 tries).

Then started an exercise she hated.
I loped her in a circle to the right, but when I finished the circle I started a circle to the left, but kept her on the right lead and made her counter canter - she hated this. After counter cantering one circle, we went back to the right circle, then stopped, pivoted, and repeated the other direction.

The second time I did this I asked for a correct lead halfway through the counter canter, and she gave me a flying lead change (she was like - thank you!) - I am going to have Kellie video it so I can see how it looks -

We then worked on a jog for awhile, I two handed my reins and lifted her head and shoulders up so she gave me a shorter, softer stride - she tends to get long and heavy on the forehand. When she was consistent we stopped.

I was feeling pretty good about our ride, so I leaned forward, dropped her bridle, hung it from my saddle horn and used one rein as a neck strap and kept with jogging, stopping, turns and pivots across the arena - she was calm and relaxed - it was fun!

Finally, finished with a showmanship drill and called it a day - cleaned the stalls, gave Ivy a good brush down and fed them their dinner. A good day.
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    09-24-2012, 01:42 AM
OK ... been a little less than two months since my last post - we got my daughter Katie married off :) and finished Whiskey's show season, we did really well. Whiskey has a sarcoid on her neck and we are treating her with XTerra for it -

Ivy has been growing up in the pasture and getting groomed at night. I put her on the lunge yesterday and she did pretty well. We have improvement in accepting the snaffle, she doesn't fuss with it when there are no reins attached, and when I tie the reins loosely on her saddle she fusses, then relaxes, then fusses, then relaxes... she just needs time. I am now going to focus on her and try to get her relaxed under the snaffle in all three gaits. We will also be working on our showmanship, setting up and pivots and speed and steering.

I have been worried about Ivy's legs - she toes out on her right front leg badly. Not terrible when she is standing squarely, but when she moves it angles out. There has been a huge improvement from when we brought her home, as she was very narrow, knock kneed and toed out due to her very overgrown hooves and starved out thin body.. but as her left leg has corrected, I was really hoping her right would as well. She is still very narrow and I think there will be some further improvements as she widens with age and maturity - but still, it is somewhat concerning as far as showing her goes. She doesn't interfere in her movement from what I can see - I had hubby record her today.

    09-28-2012, 09:34 PM
Not too much activity the last couple days, went out, slipped a hackamore on her and jumped on from a bucket and just wandered around the paddock. She was very happy to not have a bit in her mouth, we used leg and seat to steer. Didn't stay on her long, just about 10 minutes with another 10 minutes of just sitting on her enjoying the afternoon. A peaceful night with my girls :)

It's nice not having to be in a hurry. She has no concerns whatsoever about me being on her back - and that's the way I want it...

Here's a pic from today:
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