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post #1101 of 1967 Old 05-23-2014, 06:26 PM
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Well now you have two in a million....
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post #1102 of 1967 Old 05-23-2014, 06:30 PM
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I don't think I ever knew about Lacey's background. Makes the story that much more special ;)
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post #1103 of 1967 Old 05-24-2014, 12:35 AM
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Wonderful story!

Funny thing that: My mare was a firecracker, but when there were really young kids, say 8 and under, she was so protective of them. I could slide them on her bareback and lead her around and she'd always take it easy while they were around, and get all crinkle-eyed with them.

I like the manner in which you obtained both your horses. Kind of providential!
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post #1104 of 1967 Old 05-24-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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haha true, gunslinger! :)

I agree, egrogan! :)

Haha Lacey was SO the same way, Sue! She loved me, but she loved children. That's actually most of the reason I got into teaching lessons with her - we had been at camp together all summer in 2010 and she was coming home to my neighbor's house after camp so I knew there weren't gonna be many kids around. I figured we could start teaching lessons to get her "kid time" and voila!

Two things:
1. I rode Fabio yesterday! It went ok though he definitely selectively chooses when he wants to listen to cues, turning cues especially. So that'll be a work in progress.

2. Today one of my friends and I took some "graduation" photos and we chose to include Fabs in a few.
My friend really wanted me to hop on Fabs for a few minutes and I figured that, since yesterday went 'ok', today should be ok too - especially if we just stood there.

I had to mess with the bridle [I thought I'd put Lacey's bit on it - her hanging, mullen-mouth, fulmer snaffle that we got a farrier to make for us...just to see if he likes it since she LOVED it] so I looped his lead rope around his neck, and asked him to stand next to me while I messed with the bridle.

He was good for a few minutes, then got bored and tried to walk off. I instinctively grabbed for the lead rope, caught one end and kept tension on it - the rope ended up on the back of his neck [below his ears], still clipped to his halter. He could have easily fixed it if he had put his head down.

Instead he threw his head up, and began backing up. When I didn't give to that [I thought he'd put his head down. Plus, I wanted him to work that out for himself] he....


Not even kidding, rearing straight up. He was completely calm about it. I "ah-ah-ah"-ed him, then brought him back to where we had been standing and he stood quietly for 10 more minutes [longer than I had asked him to stand before].


Rearing?? And so calmly????

Lacey was a rearer when I got her, but she was a "I'm panicking and so so scared"-rearer. That was easily fixed by teaching her that she wasn't gonna get hurt and by teaching her other ways of dealing with panic.

But completely calm rearing?
He was worried, then confusion crossed his face and he reared, but that was it. Simply worry, then confusion. Not panicking, not pushed too far, just worried.
After rearing, he wasn't more worked up, he was dead calm.

And I reallllllly don't think I like that?

Cuz that means he could rear again, equally unexpectedly..........

Hmmmm. One day at a time, I guess.

From the way he acted right before he reared -looking super confused- and the way he reared -very controlled and precise- the first thing I wondered was if some genius had taught him to rear in response to poll pressure? But that also seems quite farfetched...

On the plus side, he seemed like he really liked Lacey's bit! I felt like I had more control, but he was more relaxed and prompt in his responses. We only had to walk a step or two, but he was much snappier.

So I dunno.... I'm glad I'm gonna be out of school in a few weeks. Fabs is not a project that's gonna take a few days, that's FOR SURE.

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #1105 of 1967 Old 05-24-2014, 08:19 PM
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And of course you'll share said photos ;) haha
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post #1106 of 1967 Old 05-24-2014, 08:56 PM
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Chances are, he has learned that rearing is scary to people and is using it as a 'look I'm scary! Make this better NOW" type thing. Hopefully if you react calmly the way you did today and never let him think things are getting changed because of it, he'll stop. Maybe try moving his feet fast and hard too, when he pulls a stunt like that on the ground. Obviously this isn't a fear induced rear so he needs to quickly learn that it is a bad move that makes things that much tougher in the end!
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Christy, OF COURSE!!! :)

Hopefully, Allyson! So true! It just really threw me off guard. I thought about making him move this time, but my friend's fancy camera was right there and you know... But I didn't back off or give him what he wanted so hopefully this is a one time thing. And, I guess, at least now I know what he might be inclined to do!
And I found out in a relatively manageable scenario - not on our first trail ride, or something.

And I guess that this rear does underline something that was mentioned in a thread I made about him yesterday [I posted a thread about the turning issues, to get a feel for what my options are/how to teach that best] - someone brought up that it sounded like he didn't understand how to "follow his nose." If he had followed his nose today, he would have taken all the pressure off himself...but he didn't. He reared up instead.

I think that might be my first goal - figure out how, somehow, to teach him to follow his nose.
And I was just talking yesterday about how I could just feel that he has some huge hole in his training -based on his general behavior- but that I felt like he was "hiding" it from me and saying "problem? Hole in my training?? What hole in my training??!"
I knew/know he has a lot of little things, but all the little things didn't seem to add up to the 'symptoms' I've been seeing.
Maybe we found the huge hole today.

Ha, not bad for less than a week in!


In brighter news, I bought him his own, official, feed bucket today!
It's kelly/fern green and goes well with his coat.
Like I told you guys, I didn't want to get him his own until he was here and it was sure...but he's staying, no doubt.
Next on the agenda: fancy rope halter from my favorite rope halter online store. One of these days!! :) I'm thinking navy or purple. Both colors would look good on him. I'll probably end up going with navy, but we'll see.
Lacey's is bright kelly green which would look lovely on him...but it just doesn't seem right to "give" alll her stuff to Fabio. Something needs to be Lacey's for forever.
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Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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Sunset halterrrrrrs! I totally vote purple wait,, guess you need to get two?

Seriously though, best halters ever. I was seriously deveatated when I didn't get Kenzies back even though I don't even have a horse to wear it now. Lol. Hatch rope is the best.
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YES!! Sunset Halterssss! I LOVE THEM.
I totally understand! Even though you don't have a horse right now, still nice to have quality horse accoutrama! :)


Oh, actually, first: I'm proud of Fabs today! Last night he was a HUGE jerk in his stall waiting for dinner [the tack/feed room door is part of one of the stall walls so I have to be in the stall to get dinner ready = a big rule that all animals need to be OUT of the stall when I come out of the tack/feed room with food].
He went into the stall to hang out while I prepared food [ok] but then he went over to his food-corner, with his butt to me, and started lightly pinning his ears and shifting weight back and forth. Now, I don't care if he pins his ears or not, but he had best be behaving otherwise. I told him to "get" and waved him out of the stall, but he just stood there.
So I went back into the tack room, grabbed my lunge whip, hit the ground with it, then walloped him one across the butt when hitting the ground did nothing.

And boy. Did he leave the stall, or did he leave the stall!! haha

This morning he saw me coming out of the tack room with his food+the goats food [whoever is following the rules best gets food first - usually this is Hazel, then Atti, then Fabs], he left the stall and STOOD THERE LOOKING AT ME WITH HIS EARS PRICKED!!
So he got breakfast first. :) What a good boy!


[my friend looked up lots of ideas on pinterest so....hahaha]

I liked this one cuz the confetti looks so coooool!

Just liked this one

Speaking of pinterest ideas! haha

Look at us being so cute!

"Where is my horse going right now??"

"Bad horse!!"


Fabs did not want to be a gangster with me. Booooo Fabs! haha

I wish his ears were forward!!

"The model life is a hard life."

Our hair is LITERALLY the same color. The bestttt.

He looks weirdly bay in this one. But he's so chestnut!! Weird. haha

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Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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