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post #531 of 3239 Old 06-28-2015, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a funny blooper pic from yesterday. Look at Ana's tail!
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post #532 of 3239 Old 06-28-2015, 10:21 AM
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Love it! Is that a "get away from me flies!" picture, or a "I'm soooo done with this photo shoot" picture?!
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post #533 of 3239 Old 07-01-2015, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Haven't done much with Ana this week as I haven't been feeling well. I don't like to work her unless I'm firing on all cylinders because she will take advantage of me when I'm not careful. She's just so darn smart.

I only did ground work with her Sunday and she was rude and pushy and I just wasn't quick enough with my corrections. The worst part is leading her back to her paddock; she tries to drag me back there as fast as possible and if I don't watch her she will stop to graze.

So now we are working on walking back politely; I make her stop when she gets too pushy and back up a few steps. It's really bad right in front of the gate because the grass is so lush and green; it's like crack for horses. So if she's really, really good, she gets to graze for a few minutes.

I didn't work her at all Monday; Tuesday I didn't even go to work and hadn't planned on going to the barn either, but felt so guilty that I went just to check on her. I ended up giving her a good brushing, a coat of fly spray and made her walk back politely.

Today, we actually rode for the first time since Saturday. It was great! We climbed up the hill at the end of the property, trotted in between the arenas, and took the long loop back by the wooded area.

I walked her back to her paddock right as the guys were dispensing breakfast which adds an extra layer of complexity, because all the horses go a little nuts and try to bite at her as we make our way back to her paddock. She was reasonably polite, and didn't try to bite back but did pin her ears at them in disagreement.

Horses crack me up; one minute they are best friends, the next it's World War 3 and then they go back to being best friends again.
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Very happy with Ana right now. We've been practicing what we learned in our Dressage lesson all weekend; I discovered that if I start our ride with hacking around outside and then go in the arena and practice Dressage for 5 to 10 minutes max, she does way better; probably because she's all loosened up from the trail work and her mind is more settled.
That is such a great idea! And it's true, being outside is not only relaxing but they can really move out.

I will be borrowing your idea!

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Video from this morning; here we are practicing stelling; it's quite tricky because the horse has to stand fairly square; Ana was being such a wiggle worm, ha,ha, so I kept having to adjust until we got it right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhQVbJYurl0

LFS Left and Right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVyAK9yHTko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NtBLeod_ys
So what is stelling? I've never heard of it and I'm ever so curious!

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So, it's been an eventful day already, so I'm going to have to do three separate posts; starting with Miss Ana Grumpy Face; apparently she is not a morning horse:
Hahaha that last photo cracks me up "Mom, see what I put up with?"

But definitely looks like rain rot (scald) and glad the MTG helped. I clean it with betadine scrub diluted in a bucket of water, use a sponge, towel dry, then slather diaper rash cream on it. My horse gets it all over his back legs and sometimes the pasterns on his fronts
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post #535 of 3239 Old 07-02-2015, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Sky!

Here is info on stelling:

Stelling and Bending | Straightness Training

About the rain rot:

It pretty much resolved itself as soon as things dried up outside; I only applied the MTG a couple of times and it was gone. Skin conditions are probably more obvious on your horse since he's so fair skinned; Ana's legs are black so you almost have to search for skin problems in order to find them.

And about her adorable angry face; one minute she'll be fighting with her herd, and 5 minutes later everybody is BFFs again :)
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Pic from today. We did cone work, a few trot poles and a prompt and fairly relaxed left lead canter.
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Today was ground work day; I'm getting pretty excited about her progress with haunches-in left. Watch that white hind foot stepping under:

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So Ana told me today that part of the reason she can't relax well under saddle is because her withers are bothering her. The current saddle pad doesn't have much wither clearance so it causes quite a bit of pressure. She requested that I go saddle pad shopping. So far I've ordered her a PRI pad which had both wither clearance and wither padding. I'm looking at another pad that is thick and reversible with significant wither clearance. I'll let Ana decide which she likes better. She does have a BOT pad with plenty of clearance but it's too hot to use in the summer time.
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PRI pads are awesome! Hopefully either pad does the trick!
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Some more pics from this weekend.

I finally got a hold of a measuring stick; Ana is 14'2 and 1/4th with shoes, so I guess she'll be just 14'2 without shoes. I think she's short enough to qualify for the USDF pony division; not that we are ready for rated shows, but I always wondered how tall she is.

Per SaddleUp158's suggestion, I've been more diligent about rinsing Ana's face; she is NOT happy about it.

We are slowly progressing on ST training; she's learning to carry herself on a circle without falling on the inside shoulder.

Finally, another cone work picture; she's not really all that engaged in this pic but I do love how the light from the outside kind of creates a glow on Ana; plus I'm rocking my new breeches - navy blue Kerrits!
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