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        12-28-2011, 09:04 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Well...tonight was interesting. XD
    My BIL and SIL drove up from California, arriving at our house with a friend at about 11 something last night...we all ended up staying up until four, me trying to play gracious hostess, which is not exactly a role suited to me. This afternoon we all had brunch around two, after which they headed off to Niagara Falls, leaving me with some time...
    So I headed out to see Kiera, since I will probably not get to see her tomorrow...since the FIL is flying in in the morning. X_X
    Anyway, whereas there's only a light dusting of snow on the grass where I live, there's several INCHES at the barn, and I'm up there in a sweatshirt! I immediately made the decision that it was WAYYYY too cold for me and that I wouldn't be staying long. After picking out her feet, I decided to try her blanket on for the first time.

    Well...that was interesting. =P
    As soon as I pulled the velcro apart for the first time, Kiera freaked! She ran around her stall in circles trying to get as far away from the velcro as possible! I laid the blanket across her back and you'd think there were tacks in it from how fast she moved to get away from it (unsuccessfully). After the third time of adjusting the velcro she stood there unhappily, but wasn't running around or freaking out too bad. I managed to get the elastic that goes around her middle fastened, then the BO came by and showed me how to secure the cord that goes under her tail...you know, by tying it. ;)

    All things considered, I'm fairly impressed with the progress that she made with the blanket, even though it was her first time and she was frightened. I think that I'll make sure to adjust the velcro several times every time I go see her until it's just old and she doesn't care anymore. Other than that, ever since the farrier showed up, she picks up all four feet and holds them until I place them down! =) Smart girl!
    I'm really happy that although she is seriously fugly right now, she is smart, a fast learner and has a good attitude. After all, she even "forgave" me for the blanketing after I handed her an apple slice or two. ;)
         
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        12-28-2011, 09:34 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    This is some great progress, I enjoy reading about it-- sorry if that bothers you, but I'd just like to let you know that you both sound like you're doing wonderful so far!
    I would take your concerns for that other colt to his owner, though, and if they don't plan on doing anything about him, when he gets into your space in the pasture and won't leave, try smacking his chest with the lead rope. Make sure his butt isn't close to you, so he can't kick you either- that's a VERY bad thing he's doing, crowding you and your horse... at least she acts well in that situation, though!
    If you're having problems with him still, I'd love to give you more in-depth advice, so if you need it you can just ask. :)
         
        12-28-2011, 10:16 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I enjoy reading Kiera's updates!
         
        12-28-2011, 11:09 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    It's obvious you care about her very much & are quite willing to take your time w/her. As you bond w/her how she looks really won't matter very much, as she'll be "family". I think she looks just fine. Keep us posted on your triumphs-it's always nice to hear the positive, but sometimes there are setbacks, so don't let that get you down. There is a lot of information on this forum.
         
        12-28-2011, 11:46 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by soenjer55    
    This is some great progress, I enjoy reading about it-- sorry if that bothers you, but I'd just like to let you know that you both sound like you're doing wonderful so far!
    I would take your concerns for that other colt to his owner, though, and if they don't plan on doing anything about him, when he gets into your space in the pasture and won't leave, try smacking his chest with the lead rope. Make sure his butt isn't close to you, so he can't kick you either- that's a VERY bad thing he's doing, crowding you and your horse... at least she acts well in that situation, though!
    If you're having problems with him still, I'd love to give you more in-depth advice, so if you need it you can just ask. :)
    Of course it doesn't bother me! I am very happy to share this experience! Since I'm able to post here, if I'm making a mistake in what I'd like to do, other people can point it out to me or make suggestions before it becomes a problem! The fact that you are reading makes me happy. =)

    As for the paint colt: I will try smacking his chest with the lead rope. My concerns with him are not that he's in my space so much that he has taken OVER my space and invaded it, filling it with stinky horse. X.x He's all over me and even the finger poking towards his face only made him hesitate. I did have to yell and push him. The BO suggests waving hands towards their face. I know that something must be done, because what is currently a 500 + pound animal will double in size and STILL be in my space if I let it.

    Thank you for your offer to help. =) I will surely need your knowledge and input here and there!
         
        12-28-2011, 11:46 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NC Trail Rider    
    I enjoy reading Kiera's updates!
    Thanks! =)

    @CaCowgirl: I know you are right...I felt SO BAD the other night when she tried to mow me down for the love of grain...I guess I can't blame her, she is a large animal, a baby and she probably was blazingly hungry....it's just something to work on as I keep telling myself. I will try my best not to get discouraged by those little setbacks! I keep reading the forum and books though, I think they really help. =)
         
        12-28-2011, 11:58 PM
      #17
    Started
    Sounds like you might need to carry a small riding crop or something similarly scary with a loud pop to smack the colt with when he crowds you if just a lead line or pushing/poking him doesn't make any impression any more. Better to scare him good once for his rudeness once than nag him constantly and ineffectively. Though, if he's like all the babies I know, he'll probably need weekly reminders!
         
        12-29-2011, 10:58 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Just out of curiosity... how old is the colt she is in with and is he gelded?
         
        12-29-2011, 11:02 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    He is nine months old, and he is not gelded. He hasn't dropped yet. =/
    The BO is going to move him if he reaches a year and hasn't dropped. Her mare, Maya is also turned out with them, and she doesn't want to risk it, supposedly.
         
        12-31-2011, 02:56 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Well, both kids are out of the house and we're both working on our various projects....I figure it's a good time to see Kiera before school kicks in full force again! ;)
    Anyway, we went to Tractor Supply and picked up some Probios, clearance fur grower stuff and a riding crop with a folded leather flap on the end. We figure that the next time that I go get Kiera from the pasture, and Nova refuses to listen to "No!" I can shoo him off with that.
    Anyway, it's really muddy at the barn and there is a lot of ice, but the four or so inches of snow are gone...no blanket for Ms. Kiera tonight, so I didn't work on that. I did make sure to pick up at least one hoof to make sure she doesn't forget about that (forgot the hoofpick at home, after I forgot it in my pocket last time lol). I brushed her out really good and vetwrapped up her tail again. She's a lot less interested in solely me when my husband is around....I think she likes him... grrr xD
    Anyway when she was nice and soft and shiny, we tried to use the weight tape on her. My husband says she tapes in at 560, which I think might be weird---the BO said she was at 500 sometime in the middle of October...is that a normal gain?
    It is possible that one or both of us are off. =P
    Nothing much to report today...I'll go back tomorrow with the hoofpick (lol) and work with her a little, see if we can make some progress. I still need to work with plastic bags in various locations, more of the rope...and we must introduce her toooooo.....the electric shaver!
    Not going to lie....not looking forward to that lesson. X.X Just hoping that I can manage not to suck enough that she will be a decent horse to ride someday...
         

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