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post #111 of 114 Old 05-06-2019, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Day 195

I went for a ride today.
I actually managed to make myself leave the house and head out to the horses early in order to be able to go for a ride. I started off the day with just doing some grooming and it looks like the flies and mosquitos have come out, so it's time to get some bug spray. So far they seem to like Roxy the most lol.
After the grooming, I tacked up Roxy. She's getting with the saddle, though still isn't impressed by it. When I went to put the bridle on, she was determined to keep her mouth shut. She didn't take her head away or anything, just kept her mouth shut. So I figured I wouldn't make her wear it for the ride, but made sure she still took it and wore it for a while so that she didn't think I'd just drop it when she said no. I let her wear it as I went to grab an old hackamore. When I went to take the bridle off, she again wouldn't open her mouth and just held onto the bit lol. So after letting her just hold the bit for a minute or two, she finally dropped it and I slipped on the hackamore. Turns out, it doesn't fit her shape despite the different adjustments I made to it. So I ended up going with just her halter.

Once grooming and tacking up was done, I lunged her a bit to help get her initial bit of energy out since she always acts like it's time to race around in the past when I'd hop on her. She ended up being fairly lazy on the lunge line and we only did it for maybe 5 or so minutes before I attached some reins to the halter and hopped up on her. For the second time, she actually stood calmly and didn't try walking off as soon as I got on. We walked around a bit which she did pretty good with, so then I encouraged her to trot. That's where we hit some snags. She started off decently, but after a few steps, she'd start wanting to go faster and throwing a fit of a fit again. This time though, instead of making her do a sharp turn that would result in us stopping, I did a gradual circle around one of the trees and she settled down, so then I got us going straight again.

We went straight for a little bit and then she started to get excited again, so I got her to start moving around in another circles in the opposite direction which helped to get her settled down again. It wasn't hard to get her to slow down to a walk and she'd walk around nicely enough. We did another one or two bouts of trotting and circles and stopping as well. This ride was definitely an improvement from the last since we actually had a few successful trotting moments which was really nice.

One thing that I think has helped, is that I've been working her inside the field where she's comfortable. Once we get things ironed out in the field and things are going smoothly, then we'll work on riding around the front yard. Once good there, we'll start working on going off the property. I'm just glad that we're finally starting to make some progress, and that I also seem to be calming down. I had barely any shaking today when I went to mount which is a huge improvement since a few weeks ago, all I had to do was think about riding her and I'd start shaking like a leaf. So I think all in all, both Roxy and I are doing better.

Didn't really do too much with her. She just observed Roxy and I a lot while I rode around. At one point, I stopped Roxy near her and at first she was a little unsure, but then she approached and sniffed my foot and I was able to lean down and rub her head a bit. Once she realized it was just me and nothing bad was going on, she relaxed and enjoyed the head scratches until Roxy and I moved off again.

She was a little turd with the grooming bin though. When Ren gets curious about something, she has to paw it. And that's what she did with the bin. She made it flip over and send the grooming supplies flying around. She didn't care that it hit her or that stuff had gone flying, she just went about sniffing it all and would occassionally still paw at it. She did this another two times until I finally just chased her off. She came back around again, but didn't try pawing it anymore, though still sniffed at everything lol.

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post #112 of 114 Old 05-21-2019, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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So between being sick and the rain that's come pouring down, I haven't been able to do too much with Roxy or Ren. Riding is currently not an option as everything has returned once more into being a mud pit around here unfortunately. I literally sink up to my ankles or slightly deeper in some spots xP

I did manage to go for a walk the other day with Ren though. I decided to lead her around off property to get her used to seeing new stuff and let her explore more of the world. She did great, just like I figured she would. She was a bit more alert once we left the property since it was new to her, but she did great. Roxy went crazy though, since I took Ren away. She was running around the enclosure, calling out for Ren. I'm so glad Ren is as independant as she is since it means she has no problem leaving her buddies behind and following me and ignores it when they call out for her.
Once we got back to the pen, Roxy heard me opening the gate and came barreling out of trees and straight to us and finally started to settle now that Ren was back.

I'm also even more sure than ever before that I have a jumper on my hands.
During the two days between me getting better and before the rain had started, I put Roxy and Ren in a different pen to eat the grass before my grandpa turns up the ground to turn it into an outdoor arena for me. I went off to go do another thing or two and after about an hour, went back. However, when I went back, Ren was standing outside of the pen. I put her back in and walked along the fence line to see if there were any holes in the fence. I couldn't find anything, but I had some fun with the horses by running around with them, which they seemed to enjoy.

The rest of the day went without a hitch and Ren stayed in the pen, so I figured that was the end of that. However, when morning came, she was once again outside of the pen. With not seeing any holes in the fencing, the only thing I can come up with is that Ren jumped the fence, and cleared it since there's no cuts on her and it's barbwire fencing. She's only a little over 12 hh, a year old, and the fencing is between 4 - 5 feet high. Though, at 7 months old, 10 hh, she was able to clear a 4 foot snow fence. So I'm not surprised she's now able to clear this fence. Just means she can't be in that pen and going to have to make sure she's always in a pen that has higher fencing to prevent her from her jumping out.

So ya, I think I've got a jumper. I don't really mind since I want to get into jumping at some point and it looks like she'll definitely be good for that when she gets older. I can't wait to see how high she can jump once she's all grown up. If she's clearing over 4 foot high fencing now, I can't imagine the scope she could potentially have later on.

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post #113 of 114 Old 06-19-2019, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Not a whole lot has happened in the last month. It's been really hot out or raining so that's made things a tad challenging to do much with the horses, especially since I have to balance my time out between 3 of them. But one thing I have managed to do was give Ren her first ever hose down. She was rather unsure about it and kept walking around but was decent with it. She didn't have any freakouts or anything. And since it was quite a hot day, she ended up not minding it too much and even stuck her face into the stream of water.

Roxy on the other hand, loved her hose down. As soon as the water started up, she moved so her side was closer to me and just moved right into the stream of water. So she was hosed down all over since she was enjoying it so much and of course, as soon as she was let loose in her pen, she went and rolled xD

Also, I got in touch with the people of the stables and am going to try to get Roxy boarded there in the paddock with a gelding I have there. That way I can work with her more easily as I have not enough cleared space on my farm to do much work. I though one area was going to get cleared, but it just isn't happening, so I'm hoping to take her to the stables so that I can work with her more since they have a round pen, indoor arena, and massive outdoor arena. Along with that, there's tons of trails around the place and you're allowed to ride horses in town so I think it'd be a good place to expose her to more things all around.

And here are some pics of which show how cranky Roxy is in the morning before she's had a chance to eat her breakfast xP

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post #114 of 114 Old 06-19-2019, 11:15 AM
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^^Ultimate mare glare in the last pic- love it
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