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    09-24-2013, 05:23 PM
I had a lovely trail ride - Teddy is becoming my almost fearless trail monster. Just walks on, calms the other horse and enjoys a walk with me on his back. Today the dog didn't spook us, it came out slower and more visible, so just barked and the horses ignored it pretty much.
Teddy was shaking his head a lot, I don't know, telling the other horse something or being a derp, and I moved the reign to stop him - he almost shat his pants! Guess he kinda forgot that on the other end of the reigns there is a person
Otherwise he was really cool, and I was suprised how easy it was for us to split up, she lives about 10-15 minutes from me, so I had to walk home alone..
But he barely tried to walk back with them, walked on in quite dark forest with no problems - just doing his job well, and I really enjoyed the quiet walk.
At first we were trotting to get there faster - in forest he opens up so much that I cannot do my posting trot that well - I keep having to put my legs back in place. However in one turn there were our friends waiting - Teddy has good brakes - I landed on his neck

Grand on the other hand broke through the electric fence twice today... I came home and he showed up from the yard. Need to inspect tomoro what he has done.. where do the footsteps go. And need to recheck the whole fence, why it seems to not hit him like its supposed to. And probably need to stall him from now on when I go to the forest.
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    09-26-2013, 07:12 AM
Naughty pony! :)
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    09-26-2013, 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by EquineBovine    
Naughty pony! :)
There are no photos of a breakaway horse, no photos of trails yet - as it was dark, or my trail monster was a bit fidgety so I could not take any pics that would not blure out

However, there are a few more from this morning.
Morning after there was frost and the fog is filled with sunshine is almost like the magic time of the day.


This would be Teddy exploring the shelter that they have for use at the moment. They do not stay there much though.
This is what we built today. This is the front view - it has 4.3 m wide front side, 3.25m sides, the back side will be closed, there will be roof, and maybe with time we make a quick another wall on the left side of this picture, to catch the biggest winds. This is basically a structure to keep the hay bale under so the autumn rain and such doesn't ruin it when they are eating. As the last one was almost instantly trampled into mud.
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    09-27-2013, 04:54 AM
One peak at our trails - most of them are some random paths in the forests, or a dirt road that leads somewhere. But forests on all sides

Yesterday it took us 1.26 hours to do it. Basically just walk, and then I trotted a little on the way home where there were no puddles on the road, got home, got back on in the field and worked on some flexion in walk, as the ground is very soggy and we cannot attempt trot at home.
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But yesterday nothing scared him - he did stop when he saw our friends, and tiptoed forwards for a bit then, but otherwise he did fine.. didn't even get scared of the dog anymore.. soon enough we will have mastered the trails in walk and can start adding some trot, and in a month or so after trotting maybe canter.

P.S. The shelter for hay is not finished as it should have been, as its pouring down. Luckily I have Uni today anyway, so horses get a day off because of that and because of the rain. Grand seemed to limp a little coming towards me, so tomoro I need to check him out properly again. Because he had stopped being lame, and never got the last pain medications, because he was running like mad
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    09-27-2013, 12:27 PM
Ear photos! Those are my favorite! I love this thread, they are both so lovely~
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    09-27-2013, 04:25 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
Ear photos! Those are my favorite! I love this thread, they are both so lovely~
Very hard to take ear photos on this horse with a phone - he keeps moving forwards, or if I get him to stand still, my camera is too slow to take the picture fast enough before he moves again He is just very curious and wants to look around

I am glad you like this thread :)
    09-29-2013, 04:06 AM
Hurray - I survived another uni weekend (I don't particulary like going to bed after 11pm and waking up around 6am the following morning). However, got home later yesterday, called my friend, and hopped on Teddy - even though tired I needed that forest therapy.
At first he was weird and not letting me get on (need to work on that in the field one day or two)
Then he wanted to trot...
Then he spooked from the other horse again (stops with digging his front hooves in the ground)
But then he calmed the other horse and this time we walked for about 1 hour and 40 minutes - just didnt turn on endomondo as my phone was almost dead anyway.
But it was really nice and we had mud and puddle challanged - they mostly do fine
Hopefully more trail today :)
    09-29-2013, 05:17 AM
Skinny 3yr old bum. I think he has thinned down again due to not doing much and one day they had to find grass as I could not give them extra hay, but they got their buckets, his bucket has been thinned down for a bit, but I think it is also stress that he was in pain etc.. But not too worried, might be that he just grew again as they do get enough food, and Teddy just becomes fatter
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Skinny 3yr old tall and wide bum compared to fatty 5 yr old low and narrower bum. Both need muscles but they could split the fat between them.
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    09-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Today we worked on the shelter for their hay bale. Didn't finish yet. They get hand fed - today 5 wheelbarrows of hay are in the pasture. 3 they gobbled down while we were working, put more in for the night.
They got their lovely buckets and got scratches from me.
Teddy gets his granules + tea + carrot peals, some ginger, lemon (brother is making health tea) and his vitamins.
Grand gets Stud cubes, ground wheat, tea, and all the veggy stuff. Oh, both got 2 handfuls of alfalfa blend.
I don't think they have gone to inspect the new shelter yet (they were cut off from it for the day, and then I opened the fence again later.
Didn't get to ride because its very boggy in my fields now, and it was too late to go to the forest. However, I did scratch them first with my brushes - Grand almost fell over when I was rubbing his back from the whithers to the tail.. he LOVED it a little too much.. I guess he is cowardly but very expressive. Just had to keep his head in check, he kinda has the idea sometimes maybe he can scratch me too. So we are working on keeping our boundries.
Later I attempted to do a few lunge circles, more like checkup on groundwork for both. Grand - I cannot say if he is still lame or its the boggy ground (their feet sink in with almost every step and lunging would destroy my field) Checked up on yielding his hindquarters and backing up. Sometimes he stands there as if he didnt understand what it meant. Well from teddy he gets it

Teddy try to ignore some of my cues for backing up, yielding his hind, worked on sidepass away from me ofc (no idea how to make him do it towards me anyway) finally we got something that looked like a sidepass..

He is EXTREMELY stiff on the right side (suddenly he was putting his head out a lot more when trotting on that side) and he is very responsive to my rope halter (the thinner one) though sometimes when he gets a harsher pull he panics a little. Grand respects that halter perfectly, and was chewing and thinking a lot today.
Overall their manners are good..
Apart from when I went out to get them to lunge... I saw:

I mean, there is a shelter with dry old hay to sleep in.. why does he have to push half his food in the mud? Though I got to pet him again.

They are 2 happy boys who love me to bits, and I love them too! How could anyone NOT love them?

(btw, the only other person apparently to enquire about Grand when he was up for sale was a meatbuyer gypsy man.. The owner said NO, he will rather stay here and we will pull the ends together, not become meat.)
I guess most people are put off by a 1 eyed horse.
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    10-01-2013, 03:55 AM
The shelter is finished. And the round bale is too There was less than half left, and they have eaten most of it and the rest is trampled. But they will clean up later. An I still got some free hay to throw in this afternoon if needed.

On the other hand,

These are videos of me trying to work a little with Teddy when he was a real pain in the butt for my friend - beginner rider. Pardon the lack of helmet, I wanted to just pop on and show some things, but he turned out to need more clarity Other times I do wear my helmet.

This is also before we had the training day when I got reminded about how to do things. SO ye, we have changed and hopefully when the ground dries up a little I can ride at home again and be filmed. Or have someone film us when we go to the other stable to train. He is much better now than there.

Teddy was weird - he was in the way when I was throwing hay in over the fence, so he got some on his back. Never dropped it off till way later, he even ate his bucket with the hay on his back
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Munching away
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Flooding in pastures can be good for photography, if only I had realised it in the morning when the light was nicer. But the water is not going anywhere, will need to work on those photos with my camera.
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