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post #81 of 170 Old 06-03-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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I can see a real difference in her - I think we're more critical or may less optimistic of our own horses because we stress more
Striking off at the lope has to be the hardest thing for her I'd think and she's doing a really good job of it
Thanks Jaydee....I think you are right.....I don't want to be too optimistic to avoid disappointment or thinking too much of something that is not.

I'm glad you guys can confirm her improvement for me. Makes me so happy.
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So, no more counting how many strides Snickers can lope.....

Because.....

....now I will be counting how many LAPS she can do around the arena!! She loped almost a full lap around the arena today under saddle. When it seemed like she was going to go down to a jog, I asked her to keep going, and she did!

We may have looked liked goofballs together doing it, but at least we are doing it!!!

Love my little horse.
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Loping, loping, loping!!!....

Snickers first gymkhana next weekend! I will hopefully get someone to takes some pics!
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Take it easy there, not that she comes home all confused...or you
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Takes a lot of muscle power and control to lope so something must be working. I'm pressing on with this diet with Flo and I'm sure her muscle is looking better on her quarters which should hopefully support her stifles, she's certainly moving better
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Did first gymkhana today! Snickers won two fifth place ribbons and one second place ribbon. Proud of her. She was a pill at times, but it WAS her first event like this. The very first class was the obstacle course.....No problem, right???? WRONG! Can you believe she wouldn't walk over a tarp that was boxed in with four logs? She did some rodeo horse before we just passed that part by. She has walked over tarps and even had them wrap around her legs before! Crazy horse. We did not even place....lol.

Then, she was standing around with charros on their horses for four hours....they can get pretty insane at times and all of those speed event horses. One horse even had a thick chain for a martingale/tie down....oy.

But, good experience for her and me. I even loped her through some of the classes to win those ribbons.
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She probably was bored in the trail...little Missy won't even take it serious unless it's a parade or better lol
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Maybe just to much going on around her for her to concentrate on listening to you
We tried one of those little trail competitions and they placed a right angle of parallel ground poles right by the judges little shed - Looby can back up between those blindfolded at home but all she wanted to do was keep turning round to check out the people sitting inside because she really didn't trust them at all
Flo got so hyped up at the first few shows she went too we were pretty much asked to leave!!!
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Maybe just to much going on around her for her to concentrate on listening to you
We tried one of those little trail competitions and they placed a right angle of parallel ground poles right by the judges little shed - Looby can back up between those blindfolded at home but all she wanted to do was keep turning round to check out the people sitting inside because she really didn't trust them at all
Flo got so hyped up at the first few shows she went too we were pretty much asked to leave!!!
Glad to hear we aren't the only ones...lol. However, there were quite a few other horses there that were really acting up. We tried to steer clear of them.

I rode Snickers today in the arena and cantered her quite a bit....she acted nothing like yesterday. Yesterday, she was throwing her head up, crow hopping and just not her usual calm self at all. So, it must have been the atmosphere.

Funny how she was so calm with all the commotion at the parade. Maybe because all of the horses were acting as they should be and not all frantic and she could read their moods.
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It makes sense that she'd be crowhopping, throwing her head up.

Remember a tense horse is a stiff horse.

A relaxed horse is a soft horse.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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