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post #2991 of 3023 Old 03-21-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

Dogs got their stitches out and seem happy to resume their normal activities which now includes going for walks as lovely spring weather has dried out our property sufficient for walking.

I got my tire fixed; apparently, I damaged it to the point that it needed to be completely replaced. Stuff like this always happens when DH is out of town which makes him worry that I canít be trusted to take care of things when heís gone.

Despite my personal property damage spree, heís letting me do another trailer lesson tonight. Fingers crossed that I wonít screw anything up.

Ana got a new set of pretty princess shoes so I took her for a spin in the covered arena last night. We rode with heavy emphasis on forward into the reins. We have to get better. I have to ride with high standards every schooling session; otherwise she gets confused when I only ask for perfection during horse shows and then we go home and just putter around the arena the rest of the time. I need to also have goof off time with her like going for hacks or stretch breaks in between schooling sessions. With much better weather on the horizon outdoor hacks are more likely to happen.

Speaking of outdoor riding, we have a schooling show at the barn Saturday. I will NOT be entering the show BUT it would make for a great outdoor schooling session. The outdoor is rarely usable due to footing issues and itís being used as a turnout. But for schooling shows they actually drag and prep the footing and kick the loose horsss out so Iím pumped to be able to ride in it while at the same time stress testing Ana to see how tense she will get with all the hoopla related to the show.

My goal is to show Ana on 4/6 followed by the clinic the next day with same judge. That way I can get some detailed feedback which Iíve not been able to get.

HRT is back on track so Iím feeling better which is probably obvious from the upbeat tone of my post

Hope everyoneís week is going well and that youíre getting plenty of saddle time!

PS: almost forgot: did body work with Ana last night and Iím surprised at how strong sheís getting; sheís never offered so much pushing power with her hind end!
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I had another trailer practice lesson. DH wanted to focus on backing which i just donít get. Needless to say I need a lot more lessons.

Todayís schooling show got drenched in rain. I schooled Ana early in the morning and then volunteered the rest of the day.

We started with hand walking and then moved on to longeing. She was so worked up about all the strangers at the barn that she galloped around frantically, nearly falling to the ground, before finally calming down enough to offer a nice trot and canter. I included some before and after pics.

Here is a slow-mo of her stumble:


Then we went back to hand walking and then she was finally calm enough for riding. We only rode for 10 minutes as it started to rain and I desperately wanted to end on a positive, calm note which we did.

So todayís recipe:

5 minutes hand walking
20 minutes longeing
2 minutes hand walking
10 minutes of riding

We didnít use any calming paste or anything like that.

The next show is 2 weeks away. I bought calming paste and I still have that pheromone sample my barn mate gave me. Thinking about using both supplements and and a longer hand walking session with a shorter longeing session next time in my never ending quest to find the perfect strategy to prep Ana for tests.
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May I suggest longlining instead of lunging? It allows you to avoid that awkward and dangerous to motorcycle, head in the air phase altogether, and get right to walk/stretch/step to the outside rein /rhythmic work.

Love the trailer! To back the trailer, even after YEARS of it, I have to turn off the radio! The least little diversion in concentration just screws the whole thing up! You will get it...just put your hand on the bottom of the wheel and look behind you. Push the wheel the way you want the trailer to go. Stop if you get wrong. Pull forward to correct.

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post #2994 of 3023 Old 03-24-2019, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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@greentree I would love to learn long lining! Nobody here does it but I wonder if the BO knows how....i will ask.
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We had a much more relaxed day today despite the scary judges booth at C; maybe I just need to work her more and then I wonít need to come up with a recipe of longe work and magical paste.
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I'm glad you and Ana had a good session today. I also agree with trying long lining, I think it's a really good tool. I did a bit with Wonder. Havent in a while. I tried ground driving and being slow about it but....let's just say you couldn't pay me enough money to hook him to a cart.

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Snuck out of work early and rode

Hoping to ride again tomorrow.
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I think Anna looks fantastic! And I worked with long lines for awhile (years ago) because my gelding was a maniac on the lunge line. I taught myself (I had drive pony carts some when I was younger) the worst part was teaching him that the line above his hock was ok. That being said I did not long line in many circles but used a lot of natural obstacles and cones - It really helped Steve (my gelding) to concentrate and listen to me. I think he even enjoyed it a little!
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Thanks for sharing @carshon I bet that would be a fun activity!
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A lot of Morgans are trained in lines as babies, so it's possible Ana's actually experienced them before. My previous BO did a ton of long lining with her dressage horses, and like @carshon said, she'd use the full arena and take them through grids/cavellitis, etc. at all gaits. I watched her a few times and did a little makeshift work with Izzy using a regular surcingle and two cotton lunge lines, so no special equipment really needed. Izzy was driven as a youngster so didn't mind the lines on her back or legs, but I did some "practice" in an arena when we started, and made sure to really move the lines all over her hind legs and up over her back and under her tail before I did anything else. I've liked it as a strategy here for Izzy, and will take her out on walks down the road with the lines (which I guess is technically probably more "ground driving" than long-lining, but we're not really going for style points).


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