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        11-03-2013, 10:24 PM
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    The Road Less Traveled [Progress Journal]

    As many of you may or may not know, I just became the new owner of a lovely albeit immature, massive, registered, free, ten-year-old unbroke paint gelding. He's lived majority of his life as a pasture-ornament, doing little more than groundwork, but his potential is so obvious to me; the boy's brimming with energy and, not only that, but he will serve as a perfect introduction into the world of training. I've never started a horse myself, but I figure it's about time I try; so here I go, taking the road less traveled - it may not be easy, but I'm open-minded and absolutely elated.

    We went to pick up the big guy (known as Blaze by his owner, but that will change once I get to know him) last night, and it took half an hour - at which time it started to snow, might I add - to get him loaded. He'd only been loaded once before when he was tiny, and it was with mom so he followed blindly. I'm super fortunate that I have my step-dad, Phil, because he handled the situation so well. I've never met a man more patient. He was a dream once he got in, and has settled in here quite nicely.

    I need to get at least 100lbs on him and get his teeth done, but we wormed him tonight so hopefully he can start to gain some of that needed weight. Since we got him, though, we've been working here and there on leading and basic respect. In two days he's gone from a horse who I watched crowd, nip, and paw at his owner to a horse who respects space and will stop, back, and disengage without any sort of trouble. He hasn't even tried to attempt nipping and/or pawing, likely because he realizes we will not put up with it. After our little "session" tonight, he followed me afterwards which is a good sign! He seems to be a a really fast learner, but terribly stubborn; so, we'll see where things go!

    On another note entirely, I'm considering naming him Roman (Rome for short), due to the little roman nose he's got going. I hadn't realized it until now! And, for those who had been asking in my previous thread, he doesn't seem to respond to "Blaze" or "Baba" which were the two his owner called him by. The woes of attempting to name an animal though, man.

    I didn't get many pictures (mainly because by the time I had time, it was dark) but this is what we've got so far! The pink on his face is from bumping his head on the trailer, but not to worry; the only thing seriously hurt is, perhaps, his pride.(; I plan to get some pictures of him all squared-up as a starting point, to compare to in the future.






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        11-03-2013, 11:59 PM
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    Showing
    Subbing to follow your progress with this gorgeous leggy guy!

    I generally like to give it a few days until I can get a feel for their personality before deciding on a name. I might have a few that I like in mind, but I play "wait and see" to find the one that suits them best.
         
        11-04-2013, 05:32 AM
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    Green Broke
    I like him! I just brought a new horse home also. Took about 15 minutes to load her. She came w/a name I love that really suits her. Other than adding a few pounds she's already perfect for me & that says a lot since she's only seven! I didn't get any "papers" w/her & she wasn't free, but I'm absolutely thrilled w/her. Good luck w/your new guy & I wish many wonderful miles w/him. Are you asking for name suggestions?
         
        11-04-2013, 08:23 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Subbing to follow your progress with this gorgeous leggy guy!

    I generally like to give it a few days until I can get a feel for their personality before deciding on a name. I might have a few that I like in mind, but I play "wait and see" to find the one that suits them best.
    Thank you! And I'm definitely the same way, not rushing it at all! Everyone keeps on asking for a name, and just say that one is pending.(':

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    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    I like him! I just brought a new horse home also. Took about 15 minutes to load her. She came w/a name I love that really suits her. Other than adding a few pounds she's already perfect for me & that says a lot since she's only seven! I didn't get any "papers" w/her & she wasn't free, but I'm absolutely thrilled w/her. Good luck w/your new guy & I wish many wonderful miles w/him. Are you asking for name suggestions?
    Haha, thank you! And aw, that's wonderful about your new girl. She sounds fabulous, and good luck to you as well! I had a previous thread up asking for names, but I'm always open to more ideas.(;
         
        11-04-2013, 09:17 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Didn't do too much with the big guy today, but we were able to bring our mares over to the property finally! Blaze has been separated from other horses for years - even then I believe he was only with his mother until she passed - and so it was wonderful to see him being social. The two girls are together because they adore one another, but they showed little interest despite his desperate calls, haha! We're going to keep them separated but within eye's view of each other for a few weeks at least, if not more. They won't go together until the man has some more training under his belt, and comes to understand respect a wee more. If he's put in with my girl, Willow, without having learned respect -- he'll be in for big trouble!

    Some more pictures from today!





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        11-04-2013, 11:11 PM
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    They won't go together until the man has some more training under his belt, and comes to understand respect a wee more. If he's put in with my girl, Willow, without having learned respect -- he'll be in for big trouble!

    I just wanted to mention that putting him in with a strong alpha horse might actually help with his respect toward you. I know it made a huge difference with Rafe when he was a weanling. He was too big for his britches with all the other horses in his pen and I had to struggle to keep even a tiny bit of respect. I finally put a strong alpha horse in with him and got him whipped into shape in a hurry. After that, my struggle for respect ended and he was much more obedient and mellow minded.
         
        11-04-2013, 11:24 PM
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    I just wanted to mention that putting him in with a strong alpha horse might actually help with his respect toward you. I know it made a huge difference with Rafe when he was a weanling. He was too big for his britches with all the other horses in his pen and I had to struggle to keep even a tiny bit of respect. I finally put a strong alpha horse in with him and got him whipped into shape in a hurry. After that, my struggle for respect ended and he was much more obedient and mellow minded.
    I super appreciate your input, so thank you! It's funny, actually, because the stepdad and I were talking about this over dinner. We'll give them all time to adjust and whatnot (considering the fact he's still staring at the two girls bug-eyed, haha) but, if respect is an issue, we'll definitely throw them together to teach him some manners. Gotta love bossy mares, eh?(;
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        11-07-2013, 08:05 PM
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    Foal
    Day six!

    The last few days have been pretty eventful! Blaze is finally starting to mellow out, despite becoming all worked-up by the mares as soon as he's removed from his pasture, haha. Phil tried lunging him yesterday, which went well.. We were told that a "trainer" had attempted to lunge the big guy and ended up being scared off, and this became clear with how aggressive Blaze turned on the line. He learned that aggression equated to doing less work, so he was throwing a tantrum majority of the time. He even whirled and tried to back into Phil so he could buck him, but the stepdad handled the situation flawlessly and, after half an hour or so, the gelding was dong as told and minding his manners. He lunged him again today, and we were all surprised when the big bay offered not a single buck. He wasn't pleased, but had smartened up and was acting completely different. A fast learner he is, just stubborn.(':

    Some more pictures (because I cannot stop taking them)!

    Creeping on the ladies...


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        11-11-2013, 06:56 PM
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    Foal
    We are doing so well!

    Blaze is taking to regular lunging wonderfully. Phil had to lay into him that first time, but as of late he's been behaving to the point where I've been the one taking over the ground-work entirely. We were able to saddle him without problem, as well, and lunge him in that following a regular session; and, I must say, he continuing to surprise us with how good he is! He's a testy guy, for sure, but he is one of the sweetest horses I've ever met. Feisty, for sure, and yet the type who is happy to sit with his head resting on your shoulder after a day of work.(:

    I have some videos of us lunging and blanketing, which are all great and wonderful except for the fact I am dressed in pajamas. I don't know why I didn't put two and two together to realize that there would be video being taken, but oh well. I promise I don't always look grubby. Anyways, here you can see his movement and such!

    He's slowly starting to put on some weight, so that's nice.

    Here's the lunging video, I may add the blanketing one but it's really not too exciting. Ignore my mother chatting about her pants that are clean from the wash as well as Phil talking about why he won't put Blaze in with the other horses, haha! In fact, I almost just suggest muting it entirely lmfaooo.

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        11-17-2013, 12:52 AM
      #10
    Foal
    A quick update for those interested!

    Blaze (I'm seriously leaning towards calling him Finnegan or Rookie now), is doing very well! The lunging has been going wonderfully, aside from a few days back where he thought it would be wise to rear at me -- his coping mechanism for all stresses -- to which we had a come-to-jesus meeting and all was solved smoothly. We were able to introduce him to the bit and he's been mounted several times now without any sign of bucking, rearing, or bolting. He's taking everything on in stride and is a really intelligent guy; he's just stubborn. I'm super proud of how he's coming along.

    With that said, I've fallen ill with pneumonia which means very limited horse-time for me for at least another week or two. I've had it for several weeks despite just finding out, but it's at the point where I get to go for a chest x-ray and am on three different prescriptions, woo.(':

    So, it's likely that I may not be updating this for a bit. We'll see, though! I get to watch Phil train him through the window.

    ANYWAYS. I have a picture of him and I that I took for a project, so I figure I may as well link it up. Should give you all an idea of how he absolutely dwarfs me, even with his head down haha!

    Keep in mind that he hasn't had much of a chance to put on weight yet, but he's slowly starting to show improvement. He's a hard keeper, but we've ramped up his diet to try and get him to gain some.

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