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        05-26-2007, 02:47 PM

    Ok I'll start my journal and see if I stick with it.
    I didnt get to go to the barn today to see the love of my life *Rain*. :( but I'm hoping that I get to go tomorrow. I didnt get to go because my mom wants me to go shopping with her for shorts and new shoes, but I don't want to *i just want to go to the barn*. Yet she insists that we shop so I have something to wear when we go off to Germany for a month and a half. Honestly I don't want to go because I can't fully speak the language, I don't know anyone there that has horses, and i'm going to miss my baby WAY too much! :( but it gives him time to grow and he'll get to relax for the summer.
    If I do get to go to the barn then i'm going to bring a tarp and an umbrella so I can start bombproofing him a little more. Anyone have any other ways/tips to bombproofing him. He's already laid back and all he ever wants to do is eat grass all day. Well since I didnt see him today I don't have much to talk about so till next time, byez!!!
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        05-26-2007, 05:17 PM
    Green Broke
    Your going to Germany for a month and a half? Gosh that's a long time. Must be hard. :(
        05-26-2007, 05:36 PM
    Yeah I realy realy don't want to but my mom wants to see her prents and I havent seen them in 11 years.
        05-26-2007, 05:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Do you go soon?
        05-26-2007, 10:47 PM
    I go on this coming wednesday *May 30th*
        05-26-2007, 11:03 PM
    May 26, 2007
    I did get to go to the barn today after all!!!
    When I normaly get to the barn i'm greeted at the gate by Rain and his pasture buddy Cody, but today I only saw Cody. I was so worried something horrible had happened to him!!! *we previously had a horse get hit by a car and die, not ours a friend that boards at the same barn.* I was looking all over the field not even thinking about checking the pasture shed/box *whatever it's called*. Soo after searching the pasture I decided to check the box, and there he was standing all inisant like.
    So I got on him bareback *no halter, saddle, or rope just me and horse!* cause I knew he would walk straight to the gait. *he doesnt like to be in the pasture for some reason, anyone have a guess as to why? I'm clueless*
    Ok so i'm on Rain just walking to the gait and he sees my mom standing there petting Cody. He starts to do a slow trot to the gate so he can get there faster, not to chace Cody. Well I was expecting him to stop at the gate, but the silly head ran into it head first. *you had to see it!!!* he didnt hit it hard, no hair lost or anything just sort of pushed the gait I guess you could say.
    So I get off of him to get treats and his halter. I saddle him up in a western saddle first *he's never had one on before and I wanted to see what it looked like on him*. It looked a little funny and I rode him in it for about 5 minutes. Then I put the english saddle on him and did some flat work with him.
    After riding him for a little bit I untacked him and brought him into the washstall. I lathered him up in soap and water and made him all squeeky clean!!!! Then I sprayed him with Shine On*i think that's what it was, can't remember. It's some sort of spray from Mane and Tail* he hates being sprayed, so i'll post a topic for help with that in the training forum.
    After I got him clean I let him graze for a while so he could dry off. I didnt want him to roll while he was wet and I knew the grass would destract him from rolling.
    After he dried off I put him in his pasture and cuddled with him a lot *i'm not sure if i'll see him before I leave*.
    Well that's all got to go post my training topic now.
        08-09-2007, 12:02 AM
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007:

    I havent added to this in a long timebut i'll try to catch you up on what hasbeen going on since I got back from Germany.

    When I first got to the barn after my 2 month trip I did as much loving and grooming that I could do. I played with him on the ground a little.

    The next time I went out to the barn I saddled my baby up and went on a nice walking ride around the barn after I warmed him up on the ground.

    A few days of riding and ground work later I start to trot him for a little and walk a lot.

    The other day I went out to the barn hoping to work on backing and stopping, but it rained earlier that day and I guess Rain decided he should play in the mud. So when I go out to his field to get him, he is covered in an inch of mud.
    I didnt mind, I found it amusing, and it gave me a chance to give him a bath. He loved his bath, he stood nice and still for me.

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