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    03-24-2013, 12:02 AM
I hacked yesterday and Jack was a pill. To be fair, other horses were acting up too. The Floridians came home Friday night so most of the horses in the upper barn were demoted to the lower barn or even the "new" barn (which is unheated and not where you want to be sleeping at night). The horses that were moved into the new barn were all freaking out and one of them is post-splint surgery so he had to be dealt with. The whole barn was just electric with tension.

Today and tomorrow Bobbie Dryer is at the barn doing a clinic. I couldn't go because of work but my trainer texted me this morning to ask if she could ride Jack in the clinic. So, at least one of us got to go! Apparently he did well and she is riding him tomorrow too. It's really great experience for him but I am sooo jealous of him!

I can't wait to hear Lane's recap of how things went.
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    03-28-2013, 07:56 PM
The crew is all back from Florida but now the trainer and owner are going horse shopping in europe so the barn will quiet back down for 10 days. Yesterday and today were just chaos. We barely even have a spot to tack up and the arena is packed. The good news is that they think Jack looks great and even the head trainer (who said Jack moved like Sh#%) was on board for us going hunter. He was offering some positive comments and suggestions when we were lessoning today. The barn owner said that he has wondering jumping form now. I was told today that I just need to learn to trust Jack and we will be a great team.

The really weird news today was what one of the barns dogs found. Moe likes to go into the garbage. He was chewing on something and Lane was saying it looked gross and looked like a chicken foot. She and the other person over there were too grossed out so I went over and picked it up and I was freaking horrified. Yes, it was a chicken foot, that wasn't very gross to me, but it had a metal hook tied to it. My trainer was like what is that and I had to explain the finer points of Cock Fighting to them!! I was so mad. Just disgusting to me to torture any animal like that. The moral issues were just huge for me, not to mention the safety issues of it the dog had hurt himself on it or a horse had stepped on it or anything. I showed it to the barn owner and she was mortified.

Apparently the barn hands that were here for the winter were just here until the ones in Florida came back and they trashed the apartment and this was found by the returning grooms. They had thrown it in the trash and Moe found it there. They said that they don't think the guys were actually cock fighting here (20 years in prison) but they might have been practicing tying the feet for when they were returning to Mexico where it is not legal. I personally would assume that they were participating in the activity here in Wisconsin too but I doubt they were doing it on the premise, it's super loud and all. The barn owner said that she made it very clear that if she saw anything ever again that led her to believe someone working there now was doing this then they would be fired. ( I know the forum is generally, how do I say it politely, pretty soft on the animal rights issues so don't bother to make any comments about how it's not that big of a deal if that's the way you feel please)
    03-31-2013, 08:56 PM
Hacked on Friday and Jack was alright. It was a sad day though because the last horses came back from Florida on Thursday night and one of them coliced over night. The vet was working on him when I got there Friday but the ultrasound showed that his small intestine was twisted and was already dead. They put him down shortly after I got there. It's so sad and frustrating how easily these guys are done in.

Today I tried to ride but Jack had a scratch on the inside of this front right leg and it was a little swollen. I kinda thought he was walking a little off but I decided to get on and see for sure. He was lame. Fortunately the other assistant trainer was there and took a look at him for me. He said that he would wrap him with some furazone tonight and if he's still off tomorrow they will start antibiotics to prevent cellulitis. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing but I'm really glad the trainer was there to help me out.
    04-03-2013, 03:58 PM
Mark took very good care of Jack for me this week and the swelling was down so I was looking forward to my first lesson with him. Then I went out and got Jack. My oh-so-talented boy pulled off BOTH front shoes during turnout. I tried to just hack (since he was at least balanced) but his poor tender feet couldn't handle it. I forgot how awkward he felt before the front shoes.

I was very lucky because I was able to find both shoes, his hoof wall was undamaged and the shoes were usable. The more expensive farrier happened to be here doing his clients and he was very wonderful and tacked them back on for no charge.

I hope nothing stops our lesson tomorrow!
    04-05-2013, 09:02 PM
I was able to have a lesson yesterday. Kathy taught Kim and I and Jack did pretty well. I still have a problem with him stalling out around the corners. I have to remember to basically get him going before the turn so he doesn't get bogged down as much in the corner. I can't really use too much leg to get him to go straight and keep him going because he starts to argue with me bulge out around the turn and we end up with wonky distances. I have to work on thinking further ahead.

His leg has still been swelling overnight so Mark is still wrapping him over night and he's going to start him on tmp-smz so keep it from getting worse. I hacked to day and we worked on picking up the correct lead along the straight away.

The current drama at the barn is that the barn owner wants to get a horse off her hands and has offered to give her to me to keep magic company. The problem is that she is kind of high maintenance potentially. She has major problems with her leg and hoof. If something went wrong she could be really expensive to keep up and I just don't want to pay for it. I think I'm going to have to pass on it which is really frustrating. I'm still hoping to find someone who wants to have a horse at my place but still be paying for vet/farrier. Poor magic is still having problems with her front legs. It's been nice weather so I'm frustrated that she is still so uncomfortable. I have an email in to the farrier because she really needs her feet done but I'm worried about how the farrier will be able to trim her...
    04-12-2013, 12:13 AM
My friend and I both decided to pass on taking Estelle. Neither of us really have extra money to deal with any things that may pop up. She is going to a lady who has a barn around here that is going to breed her. Kind of a horse trader type person. No clue how/if she affords to pay for farrier work/vaccinations/teeth work etc on all the horses she owns.

Good lesson today with Lane back. Yesterday he was crazy (since they hadn't been out in a couple of days with the weather we've been having) so he had to get lunged a bit. We did a bunch of ground work. Today we worked on the basics again. Her theory is that we should keep the jumps really low and work on perfecting the details. I like that idea so we will get getting picky and hopefully getting better...
    04-14-2013, 12:52 AM
During my last lesson I learned that I need to have a more forward canter than I was thinking I needed. I keep thinking that a hunter canter is slow and I need to realize that that's not really exactly all there is to it. If I have to slow/collected of a canter then we stall out and have problems bulging against my leg. Then he gets distracted arguing with my leg, his pace and track change and we end up with stupid distances. Yesterday he was arguing with my leg even at the corner before going to the jump even after I took my leg off.

On the bright side, we worked on an exercise to improve our corners (he dives in) and it really seemed to help. Halting in the corners but also making an outside turn so he doesn't anticipate the turn inside as much. I'm also trying to perfect the spur "bump" instead of longer contact. When I bump him he responds better than greater contact. It's definitely not a kick, just a short tap, but it takes more control to do.

Today Lane was judging a show so no lessons. Kim and I hacked and decided to be naughty and we put the diagonal vertical down to like 2 foot and worked on jumping a little bit. Both the boys were really good so I think I only jumped about 4 times total. I was really happy with our last one so we went back to hacking.

Lesson tomorrow and then next week will suck because I will only get to ride on Thursday. (Meeting at the district office on wednesday morning and MWHF on friday.) Long list of things to get at the horse fair. Fingers crossed for a really good used tack sale. Lol.
    04-14-2013, 03:49 PM
Oops, lost my last post...

Good lesson with my Mom visiting today. Working on trying to straighten him out so he doesn't bow out so much coming to the jumps. We've made stride on improving his corners though.

There's going to be a derby day this August and apparently Lane thinks it would be good to go to. The weird thing is that we would be going to a show for only 1 class since we have height restrictions being in baby green.
    04-14-2013, 07:04 PM
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    04-18-2013, 11:37 PM
Today we did some trot poles trying to set a nice rhythm and let him stretch down a little. He was really reactive today. Because of the weather they have been inside without turnout for like a week and a half. I think he's a little sore and his "ulcers" may be acting up. He was swishing his tail like mad and kicking out every time I applied any leg. I hope the weather turns around a little soon so they can go out and stretch their legs. The up side is that he has gained a bunch of weight. He's practically fat for a thoroughbred! Just kidding but you can barely see his ribs and he looks really good. He'll lose the weight once they get to go outside again I'm sure.

I was doing great today on seeing my take off spots but his swishing and arguing were annoying. I did my best today to ignore it. Hopefully, Lane will ride him tomorrow since I can't be out there again until next Wednesday.

So we've been trying to figure out a show schedule and we talked a little to Lane today about it. I'm afraid that my trainer may be leaving the barn, which would probably be good for her, but I'm guessing I wouldn't be able to follow her if she moves away so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. It's frustrating because there really aren't many barns around here. Oh well. It would save me a hell of a lot of money if I gave this whole jumping thing up any ways.

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