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    12-31-2011, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
About the weight gain-I had 1 filly that at around 9 months or so was gaining 3 pounds a day! Take your time w/her, don't get upset, try to do something positive at every session & progress will be made.
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    01-02-2012, 12:38 AM
Well today my husband left for training, and until tomorrow when my daughter will (hopefully) be flying home, I'm alone. I went to go see Kiera, see if we could work on a little more stuff.

I put her in the cross-ties today, and she took that fairly well. I at least half of her there, then took her back to her stall to finish. I did forget the hoof pick again. I feel really bad about it...I'll make sure to take it back tomorrow. I'm thinking I should buy more than one so that this doesn't happen again. Lol.

Anyway a couple of things came up. I was discussing supplements with the BO...I'm trying to figure out if the supplements I have her on are DOING anything for her?? I honestly can't tell! I don't want to get ripped off or do any harm ...she seems very healthy, not one spec of rain rot since that ugly sore healed that she had when I first got her...her fur is very shiny etc...the BO says that since we put her on the skin and coat supplement, her mane is very nice for a youngling... I only have her colt to compare to, and yes, compared to him, she has a very thick and slightly longer mane. The thing that confuses me though, is couldn't that just be genetics?

I have her on Grand Coat, by Grand Meadows (Grand Coat - Horse Skin & Coat Supplements from SmartPak Equine)
Ani Med Muscle up (AniMed Muscle-UP Powder -

ProBios powder (Powders/Granules - Probios)

The Grand Coat stuff has some very good reviews. The muscle up has decent ones too...and again, she is much larger and beefier than the Paint Colt, who serves as a (bad, improper) control to this experiment. And as for Probios well, I just started that.
Anyone have any experiences with these?

Another thing is, my horse is weird. She never pins her ears at me or the BO...but for the third time total, she kicked halfheartedly at the air when I was in her stall...again with the presence of grain. Last time I backed her off her grain. I was kind of confused this time, both the BO and I were in her stall...she didn't pin her ears or aim at either one of us....So...should I take a riding crop into her stall for this? This aimless kicking has averaged once a month in the past three months, I am positive it isn't a good thing...what is the best way to deal with this?
    01-05-2012, 02:49 PM
Personally, I would take the riding crop. She's not being aggressive, she's just testing- seeing what she CAN do. If she's doing it more and more often, she needs a quick, sharp reminder that no, kicking like that is not okay.
    01-05-2012, 10:30 PM
Wormers and Weight tape...

It's been a rough week for me, so I haven't done much of anything, let alone working with Kiera...or wanting to write about it.
I'm trying to figure out where to go after this...if I can even get accepted into grad school LOL. Assuming I can, a lot of applications are due NOW, which I didn't anticipate... grrr...

Anyway I got a box of stuff from today, and I definitely couldn't let the goodies pass unused. ;) So my daughter and I went to see Kiera and give her her wormer and stuff.
As with the last time, no problem getting the wormer in her mouth...but I think I missed and got it in the side of her the way she acted, I think the wormer is less "apple" and more "poop" flavored. I know it may be projection but I think that horse POUTED the entire time I was there! She wouldn't even take horsie nibbles, she just kinda spat them out like she didn't trust anything else I was giving her =P It probably didn't help that I think some of it got stuck in the side of her cheek and she kept licking/chewing at it!

Anyway after some grooming...and her being perfect at feet! I used the weight tape on her, once by myself and once with the BO's help. Kiera at coming eight months old stands 13 hands! I'm going to go ahead and conjecture that we'll hit the 15 hand plus mark....I'd be glad for a horse-sized horse lol.

Kiera did try to go after the cat again...silly cat. I don't know what's up with her and cats. Maybe it pokes her in her sleep or something X_X
Hopefully I'll have some time to go see her again this weekend even though I've got to study for college and the GRE for Monday.
    01-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Today my husband came home from Camp Lejeune (sp? LOLz), so we went to go see Kiera together. Again...quite an interesting time today. ;)

It was still daylight so I took my boots and the halter/lead to get her from the pasture. As always Nova, the paint colt was right on me as soon as I got in the fence. This time, the BO was there to see what he was doing...I pushed his neck, then tapped him repeatedly with the riding crop, as instructed. Nova put his ears back and reminded me of my cats when I manage to get that annoying itch. X_X I didn't want to hit him any harder...but luckily he stopped pushing into me and just put his head/neck across my stomach/lap area. I scritched his chest and neck and he just stood there next to me with his head/neck across me, not pushing. I walked away from him and he stood there watching as I walked towards Kiera, who meet me halfway. I put the halter over her head no problems, and the lead and started to walk her out...I patted the horse next to me until I felt the lead go taught and realized...that Nova had inserted himself between myself and my horse, pushing the lead rope across his neck. X_X
I pushed him and tried to get around him. I waved the crop in his face...nope. The BO was amazed and laughing in surprise...apparently she has to smack his butt with the lead rope when trying to lead him in the halter, and here he is insisting that he should be going with me...and I literally have nothing to do with this animal.
We got past him and through the gate, where he started pacing and whinnying in an aggitated manner. The BO says we should switch horses lol.

Anyway, Kiera was a good girl today! We went on a walk down the road and a car passed, no spooking...she did sort of rub her nose on the back of my sweatshirt on the way back and flirt with my husband though. =x Unlike the paint colt, she respects the riding crop. She is wary of it, and I only had to wave it at her/tap her chest once or twice to get her to stop trying to walk in front of me. After that, she was very very good. I made sure to rub it against her afterward....though I still don't think she likes it. XD
With that, here are some pictures from today....Kiera is looking great, me, not so much, and I'm going to be working on that weight gain very shortly (Nutrisystem, you are my friend).

    01-06-2012, 08:01 PM
For giggles, here is a comparison picture of the first time I went to go see Kiera, back in the middle of September:

She's grown tons, and she looks a *lot* healthier!!!!!!!
    01-14-2012, 10:13 PM
Well, it's been a busy week, so I haven't had much time to visit Kiera...we did work with her a few days ago, however. The barn owner was showing us how to lunge her when she gets a little older. It was kind of funny, because when the BO stopped working her, she ran to me with the same look in her eyes as my son when he's telling on me or his dad. XD It was kind of funny. It took us tying a plastic bag to the lunge whip to get her to move...luckily I had one of those on me!

Anyway today was the monthly livestock auction in Uniontown. My husband and I braved the snow, and we finally met a member from a different horse forum...the one that I no longer frequent due to just general a$$hattery and unpleasant people. She lives like 20 minutes down the road, and says that I should come down sometime soon to ride her horses with her! Woot! So though I don't have the time/energy for regular lessons until after this semester is over, I can at least get some knowledge from her! =) Anyway we all sat around for a few hours to see the goodies at the auction...which is prob why I spent a little more money than I would have, staying longer with good company.

I think I came off pretty good though! I got two bits, a snaffle and a curb bit (?), a lunge whip, another whip and another riding crop, in pink. I bought a bareback saddle pad thing for three dollars, and a few lycra "jammie" hoods to mutilate for patterns for my sewing. Let's see.... my husband bought a really REALLY super thick saddle pad that just needs to be cleaned, and that's pretty much all the horsie stuff I got. Here are some pix:

I really like this bit, it's pretty! My friend says it's a "five year old bit" we have plenty of time before it gets used...but an awesome deal at 15 bucks!

I did go out to see Kiera today afterwards...there was a LOT of snow on the ground, and she was blanketed, so we weren't motivated to do much. I rebraided and wrapped her tail, cleaned her feet and gave her some scritches. She did her normal horsie thing and completely ignored me for hay... LOL. Hopefully I'll get out later this week...I have to measure her for the fleece sleezy hood I want to make her, plus it's been a few days since I brushed her really well.
    01-14-2012, 11:53 PM
Green Broke
Looks like a great day at the auction! Nice buys.
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    01-20-2012, 05:23 PM
Yearling issue:
Today I went to go see Kiera early in the day, no one was around. It has been pretty snowy, though not snowing. She was in her stall, and it looks like the horses have not been turned out today. So I decided to take her on a walk. I haltered her up, and we started walking up the road. No problems at first... in fact, I started working on seeing if she was paying attention to me: I'd stop suddenly, and watch her. She caught on immediately, and would stop when I stopped. She wasn't walking ahead of me, or anything.
I decided to turn around, and as I did, a car drove by. Kiera walked towards me, but then she got kind of stiff and full of energy. The car passed, and I praised her for not freaking...but as we started walking, she kept trying to walk faster, get in front of me a little. I made her circle, a couple of times, and then she just decided she didn't want to put up with my crap anymore....she pulled the lead rope for me and ran the half block back to the barn, whinnying the whole way. X_X

I walked back muttering retribution, and calmly walked up to her, and she faced me calmly and let me take the lead rope. Also calmly I walked over and tied her to a fence, grabbed the lunge whip, and walked CALMLY with no brisk or abrupt movements to the indoor, where I made her run around for awhile. I think I wore myself out more than her, but she was very calm and sedate when I attached the lead rope again and led her out of the indoor and back to her stall. She was even friendly as I scritched her face before I left, and watched me as I got in the car.

Ugh. I think we ended it well enough, but that sucked. Run Away horse is definitely not fun. I think it's partially due shenanigans, and partially because she was full of energy from being not let out today. Either way...I hope that we can avoid it in the future.
    01-23-2012, 10:46 PM
Went to go see Kiera tonight, since it had been a few days. There's been some stupid at school, and it seemed to be culminating in one big massive stupid (think staying an entire extra year to wait for a class only offered in Spring, when I literally only need that class LOL)...though luckily it got fixed, so that's a weight off of my mind.

I decided to put her in cross ties tonight while I groomed her. I am proud to say that though she definitely wiggled some, she didn't yank, pull, flip out, toss her head....and I left here there in the cross ties the longest she's ever been in them! Woot! So I got her all groomed up, and noticed she has a big scabbed over gash on her leg. =( My husband says it looked like somebody kicked her. There's not much I can do about it now, since it's all scabbed over, but I'm feeling kind of guilty I wasn't around to medicate it up and cover it. harm done, it seems to be healing up well.

Anyway, we also decided to measure her again. Kiera is now 13.1 hands! =)
I wonder how much more she can grow in the next three our four months, to make that 90 percent adult height projection at 1 year? I know she has the best nutrition, so I guess we'll find out!

Pic of her tonight, taken by my husband:

Pic of her with her Archnemesis, the cat (sent to me by the BO earlier lol)


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