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        03-17-2011, 08:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Sunny's Training Journal

    This journal will document the progress in starting/breaking Sunny. Although a lot has been accomplished already, the real training is just beginning.
    To begin, here is some background information on both Sunny and myself. Sunny is a Thoroughbred filly whom I've owned for a little over a year. She will be turning three on April Fool's day of this year. I purchased her originally as a Hunter prospect, but after getting to know her and her quirks, I've since changed our soon-to-be discipline to Eventing.
    I, Taylor, have been working with horses for nine years, much of which has been spent retraining problem horses. So, pretty confident in my abilities, I have set on an already-rewarding journey. I am training my own horse from "riding scratch." By this I mean that when Sun came to me she had only basic ground manners, and any riding education has/will come from me. Wish us luck!
    As of right now Sun saddles and bridles perfectly. I have only been on her five times, and only two of those was I astride. She has never bat an eyelash at anything I've thrown at her. I have high, high hopes for this little girl.
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        03-17-2011, 08:14 PM
    Green Broke
    March 17, 2010

    I know in my original post I said that I had only been on Sunny five times, buuuut....I lied. Only because I wanted this awesome news to have its own post!
    So, today was beautiful. Sunny skies, light breeze, around 80 degrees. Perfect day for some training, right? Right!
    I went to the barn and got Sun saddled right up. As of right now she's in a rope sidepull, so we got that on as well. I got on her a few times from each side to get her in the right frame of mind, then took her out to the mounting block. I then got on, completely astride, and had my brother lead us around the paddock twice. It was the first time that Sunny had walked with me on astride, and also the longest I had even been on her. In short, it was amazing. Sun didn't bat an eyelash, just as I had expected. I know it sounds like nothing, but after having her for almost a year and a half.....the feeling of "riding" my horse is amazing. I was in a near-euphoric state afterward, I was so proud. Even my non-horsey mother was excited. What a great, accomplished day.
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        03-21-2011, 06:59 PM
    That sounds AWESOME! I am going to follow this....I would love to learn a little bit about training while doing so as well!
        03-27-2011, 11:10 AM
    Green Broke
    March 27, 2011

    Last Sunday I worked with Sunny under saddle a little bit. I got her tacked up, then worked on mounting and dismounting from each side. I'm using a mounting block now. I got on and had my mother lead us around the pen about five times, the longest so far. I asked Mom to let her go, but she refused. She had been so nervous the whole time, mainly because Sunny was trying to flick flies off of her head, so I decided to end the session before her nervousness rubbed off on Sunny.

    On Thursday I went to the barn and was about to groom Sun. I walked in to the stall and touched her with my finger and told her to move over, which she responds to great. This time, however, she lifted a hind leg at me. We had a come-to-Jesus meeting. Out of the year and a half I've had her, she had never actually lifted a leg at me. Whether she was trying to kick me or get a fly, it didn't matter. That crap don't fly. After she got a what-for, I went in and brushed her rear end for about five minutes, both for her sake and mine. That way she knew she couldn't do anything when I was near her butt, and also so I wouldn't be afraid to brush her butt next time. The rest of the day went fine.
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        04-18-2011, 10:21 PM
    Green Broke
    April 18, 2011

    What can I say other than, "I've been slacking." With school winding down, the move coming up, and all sorts of other distracting things, I haven't been too focused on working with Carrot. I know, I know. Shame. Surprisingly, though, she hasn't turned into a flaming biatch despite our lack of regular work and handling. Usually if I go too long without fussing over her much she turns into a snot. I have been quite impressed with her attitude, or lack thereof.
    The heat here is surely returning, obviously noted by the return of Sun's hives(fly allergies). That may be one reason I haven't wanted to fool with her much. It warmed up so quickly.
    Anywho! I'm just babbling now. At least this long post makes it look like I've done something productive.
    I vow to continue regular work with Sun. -pinky promise-
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        05-18-2011, 04:45 PM
    Green Broke
    May 18, 2011

    So, I'm officially a bad horse-mom. I have still been slacking. We move Saturday, and then Sunny will be moving the following Saturday.
    I (really)promise to get back on track when we get her moved and have facilities. I am so excited about having even ground, and then round pen/arena doesn't hurt, either.
    It's just been so crazy lately..... I forgot how stressful packing is! I graduate tomorrow, then the move....I really think that by the end of the summer I can have a green horse.
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        06-06-2011, 02:35 PM
    Green Broke
    June 6, 2010

    Geez! My horsey life has been CRAZY lately! Sunny ended up being moved just this past Saturday because she wouldn't load. We ended up having to sedate her, which worked wonderfully.
    We got to the new stable and she wouldn't go into her stall. After help from the trainer and BO's husband we got her in, and boy is she a happy horse! She loves the quality hay, twice daily feedings, and her fan!
    She is supposed to be put out to pasture today for good since she's gotten acclimated well. I'll probably go check on her tomorrow, possibly work her if she seems calm.
    The round pen is calling my name!
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        06-08-2011, 09:43 AM
    Green Broke
    June 8, 2011

    I am love, love, loving this new barn! I couldn't ask for a better BO or fellow boarders.
    When I went to the barn Monday she was still in her stall. Surprisingly, Sun didn't actually seem to upset about that! She is really enjoying it, I think. She has been very calm and happy to see me, which I love!
    I even had a boarder comment on how sweet she was! So I know she must really enjoy the place if people think she's sweet.
    I'm hoping she'll be in the pasture when I go see her today. I'm very anxious to start working with her!
    I'm hoping that by the time school starts winding up again I'll have a greenie, so that gives me about 90 days.
    I cannot wait to start full training with her. This girl has so much potential!
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        06-08-2011, 07:46 PM
    She may be on her best behaviour for now as she doesn't know what to expect. Just be mindful of changes after a few weeks or even longer.
        06-08-2011, 08:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    She may be on her best behaviour for now as she doesn't know what to expect. Just be mindful of changes after a few weeks or even longer.
    I'm aware. I said what I said as more of a joke, considering she can be such a bully sometimes.
    I know my horse very, very well. I can tell she's confused and a bit worried right now. Today she was a bit rowdy since she's been stalled so long, but thankfully she goes out to pasture tomorrow!

    Thanks for the comment!
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