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    03-10-2014, 06:27 PM
We went on a solo trail ride today! Shamrock was a little bit nervous in the very beginning, but settled down very quickly. He was calm, alert, and sure footed. Every time I ride him, he is better and better.

Yesterday my boss put the 10 yo neighbor on him for a trail ride, and he took very good care of her. Apparently she kept telling her mom that he was boring (she is used to her mom's very hot, rearing Arabian). Boring is good! There is a woman coming to visit him this weekend, so we'll see how that goes!

Tomorrow's plan is ringwork, since we've been on the trails for the past two weeks. I can't believe how good he is. This is the horse that bucked his fool head off if he was LOOKING at a saddle, just under two months ago. Now he is a steady eddy, an absolute gem. I keep waiting for him to be naughty and he hasn't been. I know it is not just my work that has made the 180 degrees turn in him, he was just a diamond in the rough. I could not have been more lucky to work with a horse like him.


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    03-20-2014, 09:01 PM
Shamrock has had a few visitors, but not found his person yet. With the time we've had, we've really concentrated on ringwork. I found some holes there, so we are doing lots of circles and figure 8s and cantering. Found his niche in versatility though. He loved the work we did on a bridge, carrying hula hoops, etc. He prefers doing things he can do at a walk!

I believe it is only one journal/member so I will keep this journal to document my new horse, as well! I found my heart horse! Picking her up Saturday. She is an 8 yo mustang, bred in captivity. Her name is Nalini She has not been ridden since last September (she went through auction then, and was bought by a beginner who has yet to ride her), but hardly reacted when I jumped on when I went to see her. She is sweet, super intelligent, and we just clicked. I'm so glad I made the decision to let Shamrock go. This mare just popped up and I fell in love. She will be a respectable citizen soon! She'll need tuning up, and I'll have to figure out how much she knows, but she is going to be a trail/gymkhana/some cow work horse.





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    03-29-2014, 07:54 PM
Well, I sold my first project horse today! Not Shamrock, but my other project, Dublin. He leaves Friday. Someone also came to see shamrock and she really liked him, but he has a huge trot and she's thinking he won't be very comfortable to ride with all of her friends and their gaited horses, so I have a feeling she will pass.

Have hardly been able to work Nalini with all of the craziness, but I'm working on ground manners, and finding a bit she likes. She prefers a curb to a snaffle, so we'll see what works. I've gotten on a couple times for a little while, playing with the different bits, but I'm planning on really riding her this next week.
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    04-02-2014, 07:42 PM
First real ride on Nalini today! We walked and trotted in the ring for half an hour or so. She is soft and light and fun, but I cannot find a bit she likes. I've tried a snaffle, a French link, a happy mouth, a curb bit, and a couple Mylers to see if she preferred something with a roller. Everything I put on her she gapes her mouth over and over and stretches her neck way down- trying to get away from the bit. So going to check her teeth, and try a few bitless options.
I did find the phone number of the farm who owned her before she went through Camelot- hopefully they will talk to me and I can learn a little bit more about her. Maybe they can tell me what bit they used!



Following me around the pen

Her buddies, Shamrock and Dreamer

This is her Monday face... grumpy at the gelding behind her
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I like this tractor. This is my tractor.
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    04-04-2014, 09:59 PM
Delivered Dublin to his new home, and Shamrock got a very promising visitor last night!
Today Nalini and I had our second ride, and first trail ride. We went with a sane, lazy mare, and a pretty beginner rider. So Lini and I pretty much led the way. We ponied the other girl through one section, passed other horses, dogs, cars, and rushing water and she didn't spook once! She's still not quite used to having a bit in her mouth, but the French link is giving me the best response so far. On the way back, she wanted to run, and kept hopping and tossing her head, but she didn't do anything more than that. For not being handled in so long, I'm really excited. She's clearly had some good training in the past.

After the ride...


My favorite saddle


Rode to Temple!

Bought her a new headstall and reins tonight!
    04-06-2014, 09:11 PM
Yesterday, Nalini and I participated in a trick training clinic at my barn. Pics are in the thread below. I really enjoyed it. Mostly just focused on ground work, and a lot of the things were things I work on with the horses that come through for training- ground tying, putting their feet exactly where I want them. As a rule, I don't feed treats, nor do I like horses in my space, but Nalini was very polite about treats. I won't keep up with all of the tricks, but I do plan on following up with the ground tying and stepping up on things. I also finally got a demo on laying a horse down- a technique I'm very interested in learning, though I don't plan on executing it often as a training tool. I do want to teach it as a trick with Nalini. The clinician was very friendly and informative, told us we didn't have to try any tricks we weren't comfortable with, and we all got one on one time. It was an excellent clinic, and my little miss smartypants was a little superstar.
Trick Training Clinic

I've had Nalini for two weeks, and when I got her, she came with one of Cherie's 'lists'. She wouldn't stand tied, wouldn't pick up her feet, constantly tried to rub on me, had zero respect, and wouldn't take a bit. Plus she hadn't been ridden at all in a long time.

As we ride more, I'm sure we'll find more problems, but she stands perfectly still, picks her feet up for me, takes a bit much better, though it needs more work, and she doesn't dare take a step in my space. We've gone on a couple rides and there have been no issues, she follows me like a puppy in the pen, and stuffs her nose in a halter as fast as she can. My little $700 mare has come so far in just two weeks. There is a lot of work to be done, but she is intelligent and sweet natured, and I think she had a good foundation once upon a time. I've stalked the website of the barn that sent her to auction, and they have a jumping trainer and a cutting trainer. I'm guessing she was a western horse, so I'm looking forward to introducing her to some cows this summer!

I had a bit of a 'grass is greener on the other side' dilemma today. Got a job offer on a ranch in California an apprentice trainer. It's perfect for me- in a year or two. Right now, I've got such a good thing going, and there is no way I could leave, nor do I really want to. But a little piece of my soul died when I had to decline the offer. So I'm day dreaming for the time when I will have my little truck and trailer and Nalini, my puppy and I will head west for a year or so and work under a trainer.
    04-07-2014, 04:06 PM
He just exploded...

Well, that happened. I'm hurting. We'll see how the next few rides go!

On the bright side, Nalini and I had a great ride today! She is finally giving in to the bit. We have a brand new outdoor ring, so I tested it out today! Trotted quite a bit and cantered a couple times! First time cantering and it was sooo comfy!
    04-16-2014, 05:44 PM
After Shamrock's explosions, we decided it was not worth risking my safety/ability to work with other horses. We posted him as a project horse with full disclosure, and a woman came to see him, and is picking him up Saturday. I'm frustrated with the way things turned out, but I learned a lot and am looking forward to future projects.

My camera is MIA, so no new pictures of Nalini, but I'm really happy with how she's doing. Solid w-t-c in the ring and on the trail, and she is FAST and really comfortable. So calm, too. She needs muscle from being out of work so long, so we're doing a lot of ground poles and trotting. I think she would be well suited to endurance. I'm not interested in competing, but if the two of us set goals wisely, I think we can go up to a couple 50 mile rides in a year or two. I'm in no hurry. We also did a trick training clinic a week and a half ago, and she was the star of the show. Tack sale next weekend- I can't wait to buy my own saddle for her. First, I need to find my camera.

In other news, I'm moving to the barn! Tiny apartment is all mine! So me, the pup, the horse, and the job are all together. I'll be moving in about two weeks.
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    04-16-2014, 06:23 PM
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Your mare is stunning!
    04-16-2014, 07:08 PM
Thank you! She is an awesome little mare!

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