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post #1 of 3 Old 09-21-2009, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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9-21-09
Decided since Lillie was only able to do light work because of her cut on the coronet band area (which is healing nicely, tyvm), I decided to teach her to give to the left a bit under saddle and do circles. I threw on my light weight saddle (which she takes like a champ!) and did some circles to the left with just her halter and lead rope (no bridle yet). Then I decided to take her out on her first "trail ride" around the farm. So I drove her around the farm, through the pasture and down the drive way. She did WONDERFUL! I could almost close my eyes and picture myself riding her. I was so amazed at how well she has taken to everything.

This past Sunday I saw the paint filly that was her buddy when I bought Lillie. It's amazing what a few months work does. Lillie is calm and quiet and loves to be around people. Her buddy, you could tell hasn't been handled like Lillie has.

Also I picked out my new filly this Sunday. A lovely little palomino quarter horse filly. We'll be calling her Flirt, I think. (did I mention, I just LOVE quarter horses??!!!) And if we're lucky, we may bring home a second little girl a cremello paint filly whom we would name Ambrosia. Both are 5 months old and will be weaned in/around Oct/Nov time frame. I'm so excited!! Two months will seem like forever!! I hate having to wait until near winter to get them. <sigh>

Wednesday, my friend will be bringing over two of his horses for me to put 30 days on. This will be my first "official" horse training job. I'm very excited and hope I do well for him.

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Eek! Eek! Eek!! I'm so excited! We pulled the horses out of the pasture and we're going to cut Calamity and Fujita out of the herd and I will finally get to start my journey with Calamity!! Woohoo!! Boy are my hands going to be full in the coming months!! Life is soo good!!!!!

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I was able to touch Calamity for the first time yesterday. We have her in a small pen and I'm the only one feeding her. For the first time I'm able to slowly walk up to her and touch her shoulder and rub her. She doesn't allow it for more than a few seconds, but it's a start.

Was able to put a halter and lead rope on Fujita. She's walking around in a stall with it on at the moment.

9-26-09

I was able to walk up to Calamity and rub her shoulder for appx 10 seconds before "I" withdrew. Did this repeatedly today. We seem to be making some progress. While I was standing there with my back turned to her, she came up and sniffed my shoulder before withdrawing.

I know what I'd do if this was a yearling...training a large horse thats never been handled has some challenges.

Today I was able to get Fujita to follow me very easily with the lead rope (in her stall). She walked when I asked and stopped when I asked. I have yet to take her out of the barn yet because the herd is still hanging around and I don't have backup this weekend if she were to try to bolt.

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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