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post #11 of 14 Old 09-03-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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YAY! the move today went great. Phoenix got into the trailer like it was no big deal and only sweated a little during the journey. He spent the day in his stall resting from the heat and is now making a new friend in the small front field before meeting the rest of the herd tomorrow. He did so well, my nervous horse was not really very nervous at all, i think i was more nervous than he was.

Can't wait to get him worked a little and in better shape and then out onto the trails.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-20-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Phoenix had a fantastic lesson today with the trainer who's helping us get ready for the trails with some prep lessons.

There were a few hairy moments, when the trainer put a western saddle on my poor horse and asked him to canter Phoenix had a massive bucking fit which was pretty fun to watch.

He also surprised the trainer with how quickly he picked up some things. He was leg yielding and doing a semi okay should in after only an hour. I was pretty impressed. So now i'm going to spend the next few weeks practicing the new techniques i learnt to deal with any situation that might come up on trail and then were hitting the trails. The trainer is going to come back out and bring one of his horses and take me over to the trail to gain some confidence. He also wants to see Phoenix's jigging and rushing the horse in front fro himself so he can help me deal with them and make my horse into a calm and sensible member of the trail riding community.

I am very proud of my boy today :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-20-2011, 02:30 PM
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aww how exciting. My main words of wisdom would jsut to remember your horse will feed of you. Stay calm and confident and he will be too
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-20-2011, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. i'm pretty excited given with how well he did today. The bucking fit was the only thing that went wrong and the trainer half expected it anyway. He did so well picking up lateral movements and looked great all done up in western gear (i ride english normally).

When we do eventually make it over to the trail i'll try and be as calm as i can, and i think with the trainer (and his wonder horse) there giving me confidence i should be fine. Also i'll have tricks up my sleeve in case anything does go a bit pear shaped. I want Phoenix to be a respectful trail horse so we don't frighten off potential trail buddies with his antics.
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