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post #1 of 13 Old 09-05-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Life with a Paint

Hello! I really doubt people will read this, but I've wanted to start one for a while now. It just excited me to read others' and their journeys with their horses. *stares off into the distance*

Anyway, I'm actually leasing a horse by the name of Annabelle. And, my lease just started yesterday (Wednesday)! I'm really excited to be leasing her because she's different than all the other horses at my barn. The horses I rode were all "let's listen to the rider" and I really need a horse to push me away from that. I'm just really used to getting my way with horses. I need a horse to give me a bit of a fight. Annabelle doesn't really fight back though. Her trot and canter are very.. Different from what I'm used to. So, that's my main thing to work on with her. And definitely her canter, I need to work on that the most.

Some information on her! (pictures will be posted in the next post tomorrow!)

Name: Annabelle
Height: 15-15.2 hh, not exactly sure..
Age: 17
She's a bay with a white blaze and two small white spots on her belly.
She's been trained in English and Western, but has mainly been ridden western most recently. And she can jump! But, sadly, she hasn't jumped in over four years. Not that I would go crazy or anything.. I can barely jump a little tiny vertical!

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-05-2013, 10:45 PM
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It's always good to be challenged! Good luck with her :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-06-2013, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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9/6/13

Thanks, paintthesky! I agree with being challenged. I like a challenge.

We ended up not riding today, we thought it might rain, so I decided that why not start a bond/trusting thing? We round penned, which was fun because I didn't use the whip and she listened very well. After we stopped loping and trotting she started following me around the pen. I thought it was so cool! I was having a lot of fun, and the good thing was that I think our bond strengthened! Yay! And this is our third time seeing each other too.
I think I accomplished something.

Get ready for some pictures.. A few are some photos of Annabelle and I round penning.







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post #4 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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I feel terrible. I haven't updated anything in two weeks! I was going to but then I was like ehh, maybe another day. But, today, I shall explain what has happened over the past two weeks..

Annabelle has much improved for as long as I have had her. Canter is much better. She cantrots (canter+trots) though, and she seems really lazy about getting up into her actual canter, which feels so much better. Any ideas for making her stop doing that? When I first rode her, it was much worse than it is now, but something just to give her an extra push?
I had a picture, but it won't upload, so I'll try to get it soon.

The past few days, oh my castiel, she's been terrible! Thank castiel it's passed now, but she was not listening at ALL. She was in heat or pmsing. My trainer said she was in heat, but what the owners said was that she didn't do that anymore. GUESS NOT. She would only walk and stopped when she wanted to. It was crazy! I was kicking the crap out of her too. Thankfully, someone was there and gave me a crop. It worked! So, now I know when she's like that to use a crop. She acts like she's afraid of it though. Desensitizing time.. With crops and maybe something else. Plastic bag on a stick? Good plan. My trainer was telling me that some mares acted like they weren't in heat at all while others were like her. She does listen though when I have a crop, and isn't cranky about it either. She didn't get angry when I smacked her shoulder, so that's good.

This is also crazy.. A lady stood and was holding a halter by the arena. Well, she was in the arena and close to Annabelle. Annabelle went all cuckoo and reared up a little. She got spooked by an old lady just standing there. What a weirdo.

And also, some goals: Canter.
Jumping cross rails (hopefully!)
Desensitizing with whip and crop.
To listen even though she's in heat.

I think that sums it up.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I feel terrible. I haven't updated anything in two weeks! I was going to but then I was like ehh, maybe another day. But, today, I shall explain what has happened over the past two weeks..

Annabelle has much improved for as long as I have had her. Canter is much better. She cantrots (canter+trots) though, and she seems really lazy about getting up into her actual canter, which feels so much better. Any ideas for making her stop doing that? When I first rode her, it was much worse than it is now, but something just to give her an extra push?
I had a picture, but it won't upload, so I'll try to get it soon.

A few days ago, Tuesday and Wednesday to be exact, she was THE WORST. Okay, I'm exaggerating a little when I say that, but she was pretty bad. That mare was in heat so bad! When we got into the arena and I got up on her, it took her like five minutes just to get her going. And from then all she did was walk slow and stop when she wanted. Thankfully, a person was there and gave me a crop to use. She listened right after that. She also seems like she's afraid of the crop and whip, so desensitizing time! With a plastic bag too. You can never be too safe. My trainer was telling me that some mares can go into heat and you wouldn't even notice and then there's Annabelle. She also said she's never seen a horse that bad when in heat. She's a good horse though, she listened after the crop and didn't act all butthole-ish when I gave her a good smack.

When we were trotting around, a lady stood and was about to leave the arena. We were coming up to her and Annabelle spooked at her. The lady was just standing there and Annabelle rears up a little. What a weirdo! The lady wasn't even doing anything!

Goals: Canter
Jumping cross rails (hopefully soon!) I'll ask my trainer about it!
Desensitizing with crop and whip
Teaching her to not be so off in her own world when in heat

That sums it up!

Double post. CASTIEL. I thought the other one didn't post. Oh well.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-25-2013, 10:08 PM
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She is such a cute mare, I love your thread. Keep the pictures coming.
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Thank you! Oh wow, really? It's not that great. Thanks! Her coloring to me is weird, with her white spots. I'm used to seeing full on brown and white paints. She's unique in a way.
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Is she gaited? I've never known a non gaited horse to canter-trot. In fact the only breed that I've known to canter-trot is a Standardbred.

For a standardbred, they canter with the front feet and trot with the back feet. It is extremely smooth and comfortable.

I'm assuming you must have a different meaning.

I wonder if you have a lameness issue going on? Or are you pushing her into an extended trot to pick up the canter? Rushing into the canter is not good. Start at the walk, tilt the nose to the outside and ask for the canter. If the horse rushes into a speed trot, pull up back to the walk and ask again. Use the whip behind your leg if you need to.

A horse should be able to pick up a canter from the walk with no issues.
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No. She is a Paint and I don't she has any gaited breeds in her. She's just lazy with her canter. She does it, but it looks like she's trotting as she's cantering. But she is cantering. She also isn't used to getting ridden as much as she has been. My trainer did say her left hind was showing a little soreness when I first tried her out but I think it's good now.

She can get into the canter fine, it's just actually pushing her to do it. That's all. I want to get to the point where she actually full on canters instead of an in between kind of thing.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-03-2013, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Happy October everyone!

Yesterday (Wednesday), I officially jumped on Annabelle! IT WAS SO FUN. And I think Annabelle enjoyed it too, she was really quick afterwards, which is good. She's usually really slow. Even though they were only cross rails, I was sweating buckets. Why does it have to be so hot in October here?! I think I should get some confirmation pictures on here so you can spread your knowledge to help see if she could jump higher. I don't know though. Do you think a 17-year-old could jump higher than cross rails? My cousin's Arab is the same age and jumps over 2ft still. I guess she could.. But I don't want to put anymore pressure on her than she needs.

One other thing. My trainer wants me to get into showing, but I'm a huge chicken and I'm really afraid of making a big idiot of myself. I feel like if I mess up I'll just give up and I'll be judged by how bad I am, but I'm really not. Caaaastiel. I want to show, but then I don't at the same time. My trainer says I'm really good, and I'm great at memorizing patterns too. I think if I do show, I'll only start with western things first. I'm better in western than English. Should I or shouldn't I?
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