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        04-10-2011, 09:24 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Their horse I guess looked a bit colicy so they took her out to walk her. I decided to take Araya out as well as she was upset they took her buddy away. So we followed them and the other mares owner allowed me to turn my filly out with her mare to see if Araya could get her to move some. The owner has arthritis too and can't exactly walk her mare around for long. The two got along well, Araya got a kick to the chest which she deserted for being pushy and getting in the mare's space. My girl wanted to play with the mare but the mare wasn't feeling to good so she drove Araya off. After a few minutes the lady asked me to work with her mare for her so I did and my grandpa turned Araya back out into her stall. I walked her around for awhile trotting a little then I gave her a break and a massage then walked her around again before giving her back and saying goodbye to them. They offered to let of turn my filly out with their mare again when I down there next time. Which is good because this mare sees herself as raya's momma and teacher her manners. She's also had a few foals before so she knows how to handle the younguns. Its funny though because Araya is bigger than the mare, she's a tiny Paso Fino mare, by at least a foot. The owner also offered to let me ride and work with the mare for her. It was an interesting afternoon I'm now tired and sore, but thankfully not in to much pain just a dull throbbing ache every now and then. Though I think this recent infusion is starting to wear off.
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        04-10-2011, 09:28 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Their horse I guess looked a bit colicy so they took her out to walk her. I decided to take Araya out as well as she was upset they took her buddy away. So we followed them and the other mares owner allowed me to turn my filly out with her mare to see if Araya could get her to move some. The owner has arthritis too and can't exactly walk her mare around for long. The two got along well, Araya got a kick to the chest which she deserted for being pushy and getting in the mare's space. My girl wanted to play with the mare but the mare wasn't feeling to good so she drove Araya off. After a few minutes the lady asked me to work with her mare for her so I did and my grandpa turned Araya back out into her stall. I walked her around for awhile trotting a little then I gave her a break and a massage then walked her around again before giving her back and saying goodbye to them. They offered to let of turn my filly out with their mare again when I down there next time. Which is good because this mare sees herself as raya's momma and teacher her manners. She's also had a few foals before so she knows how to handle the younguns. Its funny though because Araya is bigger than the mare, she's a tiny Paso Fino mare, by at least a foot. The owner also offered to let me ride and work with the mare for her. It was an interesting afternoon I'm now tired and sore, but thankfully not in to much pain just a dull throbbing ache every now and then. Though I think this recent infusion is starting to wear off. Lol I forgot to say that when the lady told me she had arthritis I told her I did too and she gave me that yeah right look lol it was funny. Also I should mention that the lady that supposedly hired me has suddenly for some reason dropped all contact with me. So as of right now I don't know if I have a job right now. Which really sucks. Hopefully she'll contact me or at least finally return my phone calls or emails and tell me whats going on.
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        04-10-2011, 09:51 PM
      #13
    jdw
    Weanling
    Inspiring. My aunt has RA and some friends as well. I hurt alot and am afraid to even get checked out~hang in there and fight it as you have been. I hope it all continues to go well for you working in the field of your passion. Never give up!
         
        04-24-2011, 11:34 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thanks. Don't be afraid to get checked out jdw.

    On saturday I went to where my friend has her horses. That morning I went out there to practice for my upcoming riding interview for a college I am applying for. I may post a video or two later for a critique. I rode a 15 some odd hand chestnut QH gelding with the most amazing but freaky blue eyes. He had not be ridden or worked in over a year but he did fairly well. Was very lazy and slightly barn sour but not bad after having a year off. Did walk, trot, and after much prodding and insisting I managed to get a good lope out me him. Found out he side passes, backs up, and flexs like a dream. Especially when he doesn't want to do what you want him to do. I even managed to get a little gallop out of him too. Will go back over the next few days to get in as much practice as I can before wednesday. I also found out that I sit crooked because of the scoliosis and I think that was confusing him. And I'm awful at keeping my heels down. Oh well just need to remember to relax and ride.
    Went out and saw Araya as well later on saturday. Didn't do much just let her run and groomed her out real good.

    Today I saw Araya again, took her out let her run then worked her in the round pen. Attempted to then load her in a trailer and it clearly wasn't happening today. She would knock her front legs against the trailer but she refused to get in. She's still nervous about being trailered and hasn't been in one in almost a year. Anyway I worked lunging her on a line and she was really good and soft on one side and hard and fighting me on the other. Her changes of direction on the line were decent. Though as soon as I tried to lunge her outside the round pen she threw a fit, running into my space, rearing, nearly kicked me in the stomach. She was a total brat. So i'm going to go back and make sure she understands whats being asked of her and respects me inside and outside of an enclosure. Tied her up while I put everything away and she stayed. Groomed her out then picked up her feet
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        04-24-2011, 11:41 PM
      #15
    Foal
    She threw a mini fit but gave up when I didn't let her leg go and she couldn't really move much with the lead wrapped around the fence. Or so she thought. She kept trying to kick me when I picked up her back leg, which I think she cut or scraped on something but nonetheless she got smacked and a firm no for trying to kick me several times. After the second one she gave up and let me clean it out. She is too smart for her own good sometimes. Wish I could see her more. If I did I doubt I'd have anymore of these problems.
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        04-26-2011, 02:38 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Rode my friends horse again yesterday and will ride her other horse today this afternoon. He was fussy and didn't want to work. He would pop up when I asked him to trot and then his lope would turn into a gallop or really tight circle. Partially my fault because I think I kept kicking him on accident. The saddle is too big for me so I slide around really easy and almost feel like i'm going to slide right off of him when he gets into his angry gallop or lope. He was awful about staying away from the gate toward the end he would literally side pass from the middle of the arena to the gate then throw a fit when I told him to leave the gate. Which left him irritated. But at the end I got him to calm down and we had a nice gallop to the gate that I asked for. I made sure to keep my legs off of him that time. So later today I'll be riding my friend's black QH mare.
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        04-26-2011, 02:50 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    I'd get checked out if I were you jdw, if you're hurting then the longer you leave it, the more potential damage you could be doing to your joints. Better to see if you have a problem and try and rectify it asap :)

    I love this thread, good luck with this other horse and with Araya, I'm sure you'll get there if you keep working at it.
         
        04-26-2011, 10:22 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Thanks Heather,

    Just got back from my ride on my friends mare, she was a good little mare for having 5 months off. She walked nice and trotted when I asked her too, also when she felt like trotting. She had the same gate/barn sour thing the gelding had but not as bad. So after awhile of trotting, she has a very bumpy trot, I figured out a good way to sit to her trot and not bounce all over the place. I also learned what difference half an inch makes in a saddle size, thankfully I was no longer slipping around in the saddle like I had been in the geldings. I also got the mare to gallop from one end of the arena to the other, now this mare does not normally go over a trot but did as I asked her too. The second time I asked her to lope/gallop she gave a big kick (not in her normal behavior either) and trotted quickly home. She was irritated but I walked her out and got off and let her be, then helped untack her and put her and the gelding away to eat their dinner.
         
        05-14-2011, 06:51 PM
      #19
    Foal
    May 13, 2011

    Came down and saw Araya today, She was inspected by our state brand inspector and the inspector said she looked really good and that Araya was a very beautiful horse. Did his job and left. After that I took her out again and we tried to conquer her fear of being trailered. Didn't go well, but we'll try and take it in baby steps over time. Worked on getting her to control herself with voice commands while I free lunged her. She suprisingly did really well and relaxed and did as I asked her to do. Told her "walk on" for her to walk, clicked to trot or I said "Trot, slow trot, easy trot" depending on what she was doing, then made the kissing noise for a lope and tried to work on her changes of direction, trying to get her to not turn into the fence when she changes, but she's getting better. She is really getting her transitions down pat and seems to enjoy doing them. Went to the Rodeo last night as well and saw some friends and what happens when a horse is burnt out on doing something and is not worked with all the time. Its crazy how some people train their horses. One of my goals this summer is to bring Araya to a rodeo sometime over the summer so she can see what it's all about. Plus watching them, I've come to the conclusion that once Araya is old enough and trained right she'll be kicking butt at these gymkhana's, she's certainly got the natural talent for it, wether or not if she'll do it undersaddle is a different thing however. Also I tried to lunge her on a line instead of free lunging her, and she got frustrated with me when I asked her to move her butt away from me and kicked me square in the knee, thankfully she didn't break anything and its only bruised and a little sore.

    May 14th, 2011

    Didn't do much today other than worked on her transitions. Then I tried to get her to walk through a puddle/mud which she didn't like to much but she tried to do what I wanted her to do. After that I did some desensitizing to a spray bottle on her legs, which after awhile she tolerated fairly well. Then I tied her up and groomed her out really good. Tried to get as much dirt out as possible, though she really needs a bath. But I'm nervous to try bathing her alone because she absolutly hates water. So I'll have to wait till I have some shampoo and someone to help me. We took a relaxing walk today and she happily munched some grass as I sat beside her as we just hung out for awhile. Affter that I took her back to her stall and left her with a snack till later tonight.

    If your interested to see how she's looking, I've posted pictures of her from today and yesterday in the picture thread "Pics from Today".
         
        05-16-2011, 01:05 PM
      #20
    Foal
    May 15, 2011

    Went down to feed Araya first thing in the morning on sunday, fed her and while she ate I brushed her out and picked out her feet. Which she tolerated fairly well. After that I left and came back a few hours later. Grabbed her, after a minute of her refusing to stand still to be haltered. Let her loose in the arena and she didn't feel like running around all that much. But she did when I told her to or made a kissing noise I use as she is slowly learning vocal commands and cues. After letting her run around she found a tumble weed and started throwing it around. I stole it from her and ran away. Araya ran after me trying to steal it back. I made her circle around me as she followed the tumble weed trying to get it. She soon stole it then played keep away from me by jumping to the opposite side I was on and lifting her head out of my reach. After I finally stole it back from her we left and went into a big round pen to work on her tranisitions and vocal cues. Which she is doing a lot better at now that she understands what I'm asking her to do. After messing around with that I put her halter back on tied a string to each of the rings by her mouth and acted like they were reins. She did very well, though she was confused at the difference in pressure. She will turn, flex, stop, and back up from the cues on the reins, did the same with a cordeo.

    After that I took off the string and put it around her girth and "cinched" it up a little. She didn't even blink just exhaled a lot. Then I found an old broken lunge whip ooutside the pen and pulled it in so she would have to step over it as she moved along the outside of the pen. She seemed to really enjoy this so I used the lunge whip I had as well and made an obstacle course for to go through in the pen. She even squeezed through a cone and the side of the pen with no problem. She really seemed to enjoy using her mind and picking up her feet over the "poles". I would tell her to go ahead and she'd take off running or trotting over the obstacles and threw them.

    Then we went for a long walk up the driveway then back down to where my barn has set up an equine obstacle course. Tried to get her up on a seasaw/platform thing but as soon as she'd try she would try she would hit her legs on the side and stop trying, so it think I'm going to go have to get her some boots or wrap her legs because everytime she hits them she gets confused and quits trying to step up onto something. Same with the trailer which she is scared off again. Just more things to work on. She supposed to be getting a bath when the weather is better, but she is terrified of water and puddles and mud. She's a crazy horse. But I love her dearly. We deffinetly bonded some over the last three days, shame I won't be able to go back down there for another few weeks.
         

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