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    04-30-2012, 11:31 AM
journey with my horses

I don't expect anyone to read this. I just want to have a place where I can document and let out somethings so I can critque myself and figure out things I need to work on.

farrier visit.- denny and bailey both get hot shod and lilr ed and jessie get trimmed.

> bailey was alittle nervous with the smoke but soon settled. Needs to strengthen back legs so its easier to pick up hind legs without supporting him.

> denny very good with smoke, stood like a champ was farrier's favorite to work on.

> lilred - a bit pushy but stood constantly testing farrier by putting her weight on him to drop her front feet

> jessie > first farrier he did not kick at. Very pleased!! Farrier was calm and understood he is blind and constantly talked to him while supporting him higher in his hip rather than just his leg up.

Needless to say I really like this farrier and might take a step back from trimming them myself
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    04-30-2012, 12:49 PM
First trail ride out with both horses

Reminder need to get another water container for 2nd horse!!

All doors and windows open

Trailer loading - on way to trail
25 minutes to load bailey
Needed lots of encouragement and pressure
Loaded on drivers side
Need to make sure middle divider is pulled to one side
Still on follow and loading
Had some wet poop in trailer when arriving at trail head
Needs trailer patience when others riding by..75% need to get up to atleast 80 within 2 weeks
On way home
Loaded in 2 tries
Immediately started eating
Wouldn't drink after ride-so sponge bath to extra cool off

Trailer loading denny- after bailey at home
Took 30 seconds on passenger side
Need to start working on pointing and loading and not following and loading
Some wet poop when arriving at trail head
Needs more patience at trail head when tied to trailer... 90% ok need to work on the other 10%

On way home
Loaded immediately
Starting eating immediately
Drank alittle but had a good sponge bath
Unloaded good at home

Trail issues
Bailey (likes to lead)
Have to practice standing while mounting when others around (Especially strangers-to much exictement)
When heading out on trail needs to learn not to turn after a string of horses pass
Needs to get better with mud and water crossings


Need to work more on leading and not throwing hissy fit when riding with others.
Need to work on sitting his trot...need to roll hips more
Need to get better with mud and water crossings
Did very well down a short steep embankment very sure footed

Both seemed to really enjoy trotting out however due to different breeds need to keep bailey in slow trot and denny in slow trot to work out at same level.
Or slow canter and medium canter. Otherwise gaits are way different and are constantly slowing one down or speeding one up or wondering by ourselves

Both horses did good with dogs off leash and bikers need to really work on passing 3 or more horses... biggest issue
    04-30-2012, 12:51 PM
Note to self- denny is getting easier to catch however need to keep up with praising him when he comes to me and when he doesn't use jealousy to make him want to come to me.

Maybe by next week will be able to take halter off if he continues to walk to me and allow me to take field halter off and new halter on
    04-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Kait...I am stalking this

When you say that their poops were watery? Is that a sign of stress?
    04-30-2012, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by AndreaSctlnd    
Kait...I am stalking this

When you say that their poops were watery? Is that a sign of stress?

Haha its ok I don't mind I only made it so I could track myself and what I need to work on lol

With my two there poop gets wet from nerves or being sick and since I know they are not sick then it means stress and nerves lol... not sure about anyone elses. They also get some neck sweat which I forgot to add so thanks for reminding lol

But they didn't act bad they stayed calm they just were unsure and with practice they will get better. :)
    05-03-2012, 12:06 PM
Lil red came up with a swollen eye this weekend with tears and mucus. Vet is coming out tmw for there spring check up and has informed me to put triple ointment for the eyes on the swollen area under her eye and warm compresses to the top if she will stand for it. Luckily eye is not swollen shut!

Vet is coming in the morning around 9-10am and will need electric to float the horses teeth, will also be sedating the horses if need be to get there sheaths cleaned by the vet..she is going to show me how to do it... should be interesting!! And we are getting spring shots and this years coggins even though there last coggins was less then 7 months ago... but oh well.

Only thing to remember is since no electric is at the barn will have to run either an extenstion cord to barn from house or bring all 4 horses to garage to be worked on... thinking its easier to run the extension cord :/

Will have to remember this year is the year to run electric to the barn!!!!

On a side note I should ask if she has any feed/electroyte recommendations that will be good for a horse in conditioning stages.
    05-04-2012, 04:05 PM
Vet came and oh my lord did that just put a dent in my savings :(

Oh well :)

Lil red has 2 different antibotics for her eye to get better. I also found out my old girl is a light weight. 1cc for sedation for her teeth had her all wobbly and snoring

Jessie wasn't much better... 1 cc had him snoring and was very tolerant of the shealth cleaning he so desperately needed.

Denny was very good for the vet and seemedto enjoy his teething cleaning but disagreed with the shealth cleaning...

And little bailey was the worst. Got extremely worked up with getting his shots but did settle so will need toworkon him with other people coming up to him

Daisy being the great puppy decided to herd the chickens into the barn when we working on denny and thankfully he is really good with surprises because thatcould have been interesting. I must say I do love my vets they are funny and actually like to teach and show me things I do not know and its always great when they come out. :)

Willpost pictures later of the horses getting there teeth done.
    05-04-2012, 04:58 PM
I do not think I would want to learn to clean a sheath. Ish...
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    05-25-2012, 12:51 PM
Well its off to the field I go tonight to do some hard work on denny... he messed up big time yesterday. He didn't stand still when tied like he is trained to do and didn't let someone catch him after the last 5 months of working him and having his halter off and being easy to catch the last 3 months.

Well we are going to start off with catching him... if he doesn't allow me to catch him and get a halter on well then I will escort the other 3 buddies out of the field and work denny until he gives in. If he decides to charge me I will use my wiffle ball bat and/or lunge whip which ever moves faster at a horse coming at me.

Eventually I will catch and bring him to the round pen but first I will pull the shoe that is still on if it has not yet fallen off. Where I will work him again in a smaller area. We will practice taking on and off his halter and working him until he realizes he needs to just stand to be caught or he is going to be forced to move!!!

Well now that I let that off my chest.
    05-28-2012, 04:18 AM
I wish you luck with Denny.. sounds like he knew your sister wasn't sure of how to handle him and he took advantage.. naughty naughty boy.
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