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        06-02-2012, 12:05 AM
    Well at least you can rule that out :)
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        06-09-2012, 04:24 PM
    So, a couple nights ago, the awesome waresbear explained to me a good exercise to work on with Squiggy.
    The next day, I went for a trail ride with my mom and dad and tried it out a bit. Every time she'd start to act up, I'd just keep myself relaxed, and bring her into a circle, keeping her walking, and "ask for her ear" (That's what I'm calling it, kay?) and just walk off when I got it, and gave her some love. I just did it at a walk each time, even when we were trotting along and she'd start being stupid. Just walk in a circle and get her attention in a polite way pretty much.

    At then end of the ride, I decided to lope a little bit in the field. Soooo I got her into a nice little trot on loose rein and then asked her to lope. She ram-jammed a little bit, but I just wiggled my outside rein a couple times and she settled down for the second half of the circle. By settled down I mean: slowed down her lope, rounded her back and dropped her head and let my reins drape. AND she wasn't bunched together and wound up tighter than a fiddle string. I gave her some love when she was loping nice, stopped her and gave her A LOT OF LOVE.

    Also, just for the heck of it, I asked my dad if his horse (Squiggy's half sister who's the same age as Squiggy.) could do a little spin. And then I stopped Squiggy and did 1 and 1/2 spins. Which she did pretty darn good. My dad spent at least 10 minutes trying to get Harley to do one :P

    On top of that, for the rest of the ride home, she walked calmly with her HEAD DOWN. Well, down for her. Which means pretty much the way a reining horse would carry its head.

    Maybe she doesn't want to be a barrel horse anymore and thinks she wants to be a reiner D: She should really make up her mind and stop showing me her ability to do just about everything.

    Can you tell they're sisters? LOL.

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        06-10-2012, 07:48 AM
    Gotta love waresbear :)

    What wonderful news!!
        06-10-2012, 07:59 PM
    So many ups and downs with this horse. GAH.
        06-10-2012, 08:06 PM
    With every horse my friend :) But it's so worth it!
        06-10-2012, 09:24 PM
    I've had ups and downs with other horses, but nothing quite at crazy as with her.
        06-11-2012, 10:03 PM
    Oh hai... a video... cool.

        06-11-2012, 10:24 PM
    What beautiful land.. my goodness!
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        06-12-2012, 11:05 AM
    That would be my front yard! We have it electric fenced to let some horses graze in it in the mornings and evenings, so considering the pens were too mucky, I rode there. I love the trees, they're awesome!
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        06-15-2012, 01:12 AM
    Well, I posted that video on HGS and was told that Squiggy is a "wreck waiting to happen" and that I shouldn't be riding her. Hello feeling-like-crap-about-my-hard-work.

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