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        10-17-2013, 05:41 PM
      #71
    Green Broke
    ^Good! Give them a treat for me 8D!
         
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        10-18-2013, 02:50 AM
      #72
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    ^Good! Give them a treat for me 8D!
    An extra carrot in the bucket?
         
        10-18-2013, 11:36 PM
      #73
    Yearling
    Yesterday the dogs were yapping when I was taking my lunch to my room, I looked through the window, the horses were going crazy. They occasionally play and usually when I cannot sneak up on them to take pics or film. Teddy for one was digging a hole in the ground and then rearing up, throwing one front leg out, back to digging.
    Grand was following Teddy, but when Teddy turned, Grand pretended he just walked to somewhere there to sniff something. I guess Grand is smarter than it looked before, because he is always tailing Teddy and always getting to the point that Teddy chases him off.

    But he sure can fly!
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    Some sneaky moments of the games they have, but they had awesome fun when I wasn't there..
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    Teddy presents himself like this... a bit round, and always been in the mud...
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    Grand has put even more weight on, and actually starts to act a lot more active and building muscles himself.
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    Walk
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    Trot
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    Canter
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    And in the end just the pretty boy himself. Luv him!
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    But as usual, I am up in the middle of the night on saturday morning (oh ye, it makes sense) to go to uni.... and they will have to wait till afternoon before I see them and can hug them, feed them and maybe ride if the weather is not as stormy as yesterday
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        10-19-2013, 02:03 PM
      #74
    Yearling
    For those who have not followed my thread in horse training, Teddy might be part gaited, that is why he is so "wierd" for me.

    However, today we had an awesome forest ride, got some movement done, enjoyed the sun, and had fun together. Apart from 2 jumps sideways at bushes we had no problems

    Grand had a day off.. again... however he ran around when Teddy was gone..
    Tomoro I think I will lunge him again, work him out a little.
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        10-19-2013, 02:36 PM
      #75
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Subbing! I love all the photos!! :)
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        10-19-2013, 02:42 PM
      #76
    Yearling
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    Subbing! I love all the photos!! :)
    Makes me blush! Because I think your's are fantastic. And that mine don't go anywhere near yours
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        10-20-2013, 08:36 AM
      #77
    Yearling
    Well, I won. Against my laziness. I got up, went to lunge Grand. No saddle, just rope halter, the lunge line and my lunging whip. Sometimes he needs corrections when he tries to cut in from the right hand circle.

    So.. basically I had thought we will have a nice little workout, in the end he actually had sweat showing up. Probably from stress and he pooped about 4 times in the workout, and last 2 were getting a bit runny. However, he brought the stress upon himself.

    I asked him to easily walk on both hands, he could not. He had to try and run, ignore my cues for walk or stopping, spin around to the other direction. I am actually sorry nobody could film him during this session, especially the start, as he was spinning around on his hindlegs, throwing his neck around, his front legs went flying, he was basically showing that he has a ****load of energy and is not too keen on being told what to do, even though he let me halter him easy, take him out to brush and walked back to the field very obedient.
    So we worked on our brakes and becoming responsive, obedient and not going nuts.
    Ofc he had to put in a good few strides of canter before I can stop him, challange me into correcting him when he decides it is not necessary to walk on right hand (blind eye facing me).
    Well.. I think he got the point. After a few times of whacking him on his right shoulder with the rope, he stopped trying to jump to left hand so often, and actually was easier to turn and keep going. And of course he immediately wanted good hugs. He also got backed up to hell, because he was totally NOT listening to me a few times, so when he kept on trying to walk all directions when I ask him to stand, I basically blew up, looked him in the eye and backed him up as fast as I could without him exploding in a rear above my head (he has never done it, but he raises his head and lifts his front of the ground when he backs up, very "collected")
    So being cautious I got him to back up nicely, he immediately chewed a lot, got a few pats and I asked him to join me for a walk, closer to my shoulder and more active than usually. He needed encouraging but he does it.
    We also walked over some ground poles - his walk needs ground poles as wide as teddy's trot. Tried to trot him over those, had to get just 3, middle one raised in one end. He did it alright on both sides, so I made a small cross - he trotted over that fine most of the time, both sides. He basically refused to jump, he would just trot over, from canter he slowed down to trot, trotted over. After the last clear move over, I decided I need to stop that and get him back to calm walk, trot, canter without any poles. He of course needed more of his lunge manners improved, so that is why he got so stressed. He actually was panting more because of his own stress than the workout, as I know he has plenty of energy as he has proven it, and is quite strong.
    But in the end we got a few nice circles in canter, good circles in trot, nice transitions, so I decided we will walk by hand a little, took him back out, put a blanket on him for a little bit and that was it..

    He seemed happy with everything and submitting to me and obeying - at some point he looked a bit too submissive, but he has to learn the middle way or being obedient, and being my partner. I bet if I take him tomorrow he will still do the same bull as he did today with changing directions. But I have all the time in the world to correct that all the time.

    Now I just need to preferably ride teddy on the field as we need to train for tomorrow a bit.. but I don°'t feel like I have the energy at the moment. Maybe after the coffee..
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        10-20-2013, 12:05 PM
      #78
    Yearling
    Teddy ended up on the lunge with sidereigns. I did not have the motivation to go and ride today, as we need to work hard tomorrow. So today is my lunging day. And wow, I managed to do both.

    Teddy is a lot easier to lunge, however sometimes he too tries to change direction, ignore me cueing for change of direction, start nervous trot etc.
    But, we warmed up for a good while without the sidereigns, just nice active trot circles, 2 ground poles to trot over, elevated them afterwards.. then asked him to trot in sidereigns, at first he was all "why is this contraption on me, I hates it" but then he stopped shaking his head and trying to shake them off, and started stretching into them, working more with his hind etc. He does need a good push to stay active, as he is a generally lazy horse unless we are in the forest.
    But he worked nicely, trotted some more poles, cantered him on the lunge with sidereigns. He is hard to push into canter on the lunge.. but he did it, got praises, we did some transitions, a few circles in each direction, took the belt and the sidereigns off..
    Trotted him some more, a few more tries at canter, went to the tiny obstacle I have (2 tyres height) Asked him to jump it on both sides from canter and from trot, main idea to just jump it. He did well, so trotted him off a little, walked him off, took him out and had to blanket him as well as his neck was a little wet and his inner thigh muscles, flank and stifle. Btw, I just learnt that Grand's swollen knee, was his stifle. He he, talk about knowing the terminology
    But ye.. Teddy cooled off in the blanket, walked a little but he wasn't panting so just let him stand for a while before giving them their buckets..
    They also just got some apples There are still some left in the orchard

    Oh, and when I was about to lunge Teddy my brother came outside.. He was like.. "what are you doing? Why is he so dirty? HE IS FAT! Why is he fat? (he eats a lot) Why does he eat a lot? (because Grand is skinny) But you should feed them separate then (I cannot limit the hay for them.. ) true that. What are you doing to him now??? (when putting the lunging girth on) Why does he need that? Are you going to make him pull things? (nop, just lunging work) AAAA, you are taking that (halter) off? WHY? (because this needs to go on - bridle) WHY? (because I need him to work with the bit..) Poor horse.. He has a greasy forehead. Wash it (erm, it is too cold to wash) he has a dirty cheek (yes, he is all dirty) but his face is dirty ((my brother had a camera with him too)).." And so forth.
    Then he announced that Grand is very unfortunate... he is skinny, not too happy, stands around moping, and even his color is very blunt, not interesting..
    Mind you, my brother is 26 and has seen horses for almost all his life and used to try riding sometime ages ago. Now he is 6 ft 2in and not too keen on getting on horses ever in his life.. He did hold Teddy for me on midsummer night though :P

    Grand was still skinny, weird and felt tiny and fragile, but he got his flower crown too!
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    Teddy tried to eat his and mine at the same time, and did not want to pose.
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    And he was a lot skinnier back then Cannot really decide on the fitness level..
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    I think he has become a lot bigger and wider since he came here However, I have lost between 22-26 lbs this summer...
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    And we had a LOT of long grass back then.. but they ate it all.. and now there is nothing
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        10-21-2013, 12:41 PM
      #79
    Yearling
    So.
    Grand got lunged today again. Because his manners are such. And this time, I have videos! Only 1 from today is up though.. need to upload the others, but they are longer, taken with a camera, so bigger and takes forever to upload.

    Grand was behaving better than yesterday, I tried to be as clear as I can, didn't work too long, just got main points down. Tomorrow might give him free, but then take him out on the short rope to remind going both directions slow, turning better etc. groom him and just be a friend, so not every time I take him he has to do smth.

    They got their feet done today though. Grand had nice looking hooves, as he has lived on grass for all these 8 weeks, Teddy's hooves needed less taken off as we walk on gravel and sand in the forest, but they had cracked up a little, hitting stones and such. This time he did not take as much off from their feet, his argument was that for winter they need more of the old sole, etc.

    He still tells me that there is no way a 3.5 yr olds front feet can be straightened up a little without shoeing. I have a feeling that he just does not want to do it. Will have my friends farrier look at their feet next week, and then we can talk more.


    And a treat from the other day..
         
        10-22-2013, 06:14 AM
      #80
    Yearling

    Grand does his stuff over some trot poles.
         

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