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post #5731 of 8070 Old 10-30-2016, 10:04 PM
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post #5732 of 8070 Old 11-04-2016, 09:44 PM
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Today I SENT Brooke into the trailer for the first time! I have spent a great deal of time simply making the trailer a completely safe place to be in. The past few training sessions I decided it was time to finally start a 'outside the trailer you have to work, inside the trailer you get to rest' program. Just lunging her around in slow circles, nothing high pressure. By the second session the lightbulb went on. Today, she practically leaped into the trailer. I'm happy.

I hope I never forget the lessons I have learned about horse training in general and Brooke in particular, over this big mistake I made.

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post #5733 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 11:25 AM
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@Avna great! Yep, horses will usually figure out the "easier" thing to do... just takes time and patience.

Found out that Mr. Barney is a big FAKER!

You all might remember me posting how he is 'afraid of monsters' on the east and south sides of the arena and on the west side near where the horse trailers are parked?

Weeellllll, he forgot to act scared yesterday when he thought nobody was watching!

Yep, I had him just wearing his saddle to get used to the new rear cinch in the arena. Other horses and riders were out and about doing things around the ranch and Barney was interested.

That horse very calmly walked into and around ALL of his "spooky places" without a care in the world other than watching the other horses!

That fake!

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post #5734 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 11:54 AM
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Found out that Mr. Barney is a big FAKER!
Poor Barney! "The jig is up."


I'm staying in town and other than chores and a couple small rides, I'll be hanging at the hospital where a partners father is in. He's okay. Now. We're preg testing north of here, but she's been at the hospital all week, so I offered to take the weekend and let her get out.

Youngest grandchild turns one today, so it's good I hang out and do the family stuff.

We haven't had any more snow and barely any freezing temps. It'll come, so I am enjoying the fall weather.
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post #5735 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 12:13 PM
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Sure is quiet in here this week. Hope that means everyone is out doing horse-stuff!
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post #5736 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 07:41 PM
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I had a very nice day today. Both my grown kids came over and ate dinner. I also got in a nice though short ride with a friend this morning.

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post #5737 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 09:11 PM
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I rode Tango again today. We were in the larger field and doing fine until we got a little too close to Cally and she gave us the Mare Glare. Suddenly, the rodeo was on...

Tango did a pretty good impression of a bucking bronc for six or seven hops, and I really wish Son had captured it on video. I stayed on. I remember shoving my feet deep in the stirrup and leaning back and I remember ducking under a tree branch - as Tango was bucking. I remember a HUGE leap toward the kiddie pool they are fed from and then an equally huge sideways lunge to avoid landing in it. And then it was over. He stopped, he stood quietly. I asked him to go forward and he did for two or three steps and ....

Off to the rodeo again! Round two was less forward, but he got some pretty good elevation on a couple crow hops. I didn't even think about grabbing the horn! I rode it out and when he settled, it was back to business - although I did have Son put Cally in the small pen! No more Mare Glare and the next 30-45 minutes were filled with circles, figure 8s, stops, fence following, turning into the fence, more circles and figure 8s. And he was fantastic!

And then, after I was satisfied with Tango's work, I saddled Cally and rode her around. She was willing, but also Very Concerned about where Tango was, especially when he wandered out of sight! Too bad, young lady! We're here to work. She did pretty good for a horse who hasn't been ridden in 3 months!

Now, I'm exhausted! I had forgotten how much your thighs have to work during an impromptu rodeo... much less TWO!
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post #5738 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 10:17 PM
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Since Bandit had a cut near the corner of his mouth, I brought out his new sidepull halter and we tried it in the arena this afternoon....my goal for this afternoon was to work on shorter stirrups and going bitless.

I think Bandit was a bit wound up, so to speak, about being bitless. But I enjoyed how forward he was. The pictures are blurry because they are enlargements from a video. I really got a kick to see Bandit and I in slow motion. It was revealing....I remain a "5 Ingredient Rider" - a guy whose riding is very simplified because, frankly, I'm not good enough to do more.

Trotting:



Cantering:



In the cantering picture, Bandit's right rear hoof had just touched down, while the other 3 are airborne. And I was also trying to make sure he didn't veer right and leave the arena...

...PS - I sometimes accuse Bandit of being a little homely...But I think Bandit looks nice in these pictures. Pity I'm not as good an athlete as he is...but I'm a lot older, too!
He's a good-hearted fellow. We only went for about 20 minutes before the setting sun got in my eyes. I figured if it was bothering me, it was probably irritating Bandit too, so we quit. First time in ages that I had the stirrups short enough for me to get completely out of the saddle.

PS - "I remain a "5 Ingredient Rider" - a guy whose riding is very simplified because, frankly, I'm not good enough to do more." I actually think there is a lot to be said for a rider admitting he ought to "cook" with 5 ingredients. Those who can do more, should. But those who can do more are not nearly as common as those who THINK they can do more, and I think a horse is ruined faster by someone trying to exceed their abilities than someone willing to keep it simple. Since I will always be an awkward rider, I think I help Bandit most by doing least...

But we had fun. Both of us, I think. And both of us having fun, even if it is just for 20 minutes, is a good thing.

PS - I need to get a YouTube account. Flaws and all, it was really cool to see bandit trotting and cantering in slow motion - even if my wife has no idea how she ended up in slow motion video...

PSS - I guess I don't look very western for a guy riding a half-mustang in a @SouthernTrails slick fork saddle.

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post #5739 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 10:40 PM
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...First time in ages that I had the stirrups short enough for me to get completely out of the saddle....



PS - I need to get a YouTube account. Flaws and all, it was really cool to see bandit trotting and cantering in slow motion - even if my wife has no idea how she ended up in slow motion video...
Stirrups look about right in those pics in my opinion.

As for that youtube account... ABSOLUTELY!
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post #5740 of 8070 Old 11-05-2016, 11:38 PM
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World's shortest ride today... for me.

Just got the first horse tacked up. Climbed on. Heard someone fire a .7 mm to the east. Pretty close. So I just figure I'll head west. Get a quarter of a mile and hear someone fire a .270.

It was close to sundown. I consider my lease near town to be a subdivision. I don't trust anybody who would hunt in a populated area near sundown, to be sure of what they are shooting at, so I spoiled the horses with a brushing and massage. They didn't mind.

Tomorrow I'll wear some orange and ride.

We did have a couple parties for the one year old. Never a bad day when you're celebrating someone's first birthday.
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