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post #101 of 148 Old 11-02-2019, 08:54 PM
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Sam looks like a killer horse. I love how he's put together. Really you have two lovely lovely horses.
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post #102 of 148 Old 11-03-2019, 02:30 PM
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Wow, so happy it went well with Jack! YAY!! What a good boy. It definitely shows that patience & taking the time to work with these guys at a gradual pace pays off. What a good boy. Liberty work is a lot of fun, it really shows that he trusts you. :) You two make such a good team.
Sounds like Sam is also coming along quite nicely. I am so happy for you! I agree with @lostastirrup , you really do have such great boys!
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post #103 of 148 Old 11-10-2019, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for your encouraging words The boys are definitely pretty great and I'm quite pleased with them. They're honestly teaching me as much as I'm teaching them, if not more lol.
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post #104 of 148 Old 11-10-2019, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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So, time for another bit of an update.


Sam is currently continuing his break from riding. This'll make 4 or 5 weeks off now. I wasn't riding him in October because during the transition of summer to winter, we've gotten a sudden burst of cold weather, tons of rain, freezing rain, and small spots of warmth. So with the shock of the temps, he lost a decent amount of weight that my trainer and I figured it wasn't fair to make him work. I also gave him another dewormer since it was starting to look like he needed it. So that, plus, going through 3 1,600 pound bales, and getting a mash of alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, and Step 8 food for all of October, he's finally putting on weight again! Oh, and he's been getting blanketed practically every night to help him out since he doesn't have enough of a natural coat to deal with the cold yet. But at least he's getting back to having proper weight on him.

On the downside, last week he freaked out during the night. One morning I got up and an hour later, I had the lady at the barn who helps take care of it send me a message. She said two of the fence railings were broken to my paddock and she'd found Sam several yards off near the walking trail that's behind the paddocks. So the guess is that he either went under the fence, or over it. I'm thinking over it because of the way the broken boards are laying on the ground, and the fact the electric wire/fence is still up in the middle as well. Also, the metal piping on top of the fence in the one spot is also dented. So something seriously spooked Sam enough to break the fence, and then jump over it without getting a proper running start since the paddock is so muddy.

As a result of this, his lower back and hips are sore. So that means it's time to call out a chiro. However, I'll have to wait to do that until my next paycheck as this one has to go towards his teeth which despertly need to be done, plus he's still able to move around just fine. My trainer actually thought he totally normal and good when he was free lunged since he still tore around the arena like crazy with bucks and kicks and whatnot the whole time. He's scheduled to have his teeth done on the 18th. I'm just hoping it goes better then when I got him vaccinated. But at least this time I'll have my trainer with me to help out which is good.




As for Jack, I got to introduce him to my trainer for the first time the other day. She's also a trainer and since Sam is out of commission for the moment, she's going to focus on helping me out with Jack.

Our first session was just for her to meet him and get an idea as to where his training level is at and spot any holes I may have missed. We did a bit of free lunging first so he could get out his initial burst of energy and she could see his movement (which she called cute) before catching him again. She went on to see how he was to lead and how he responded to being asked to yeild different parts of his body before moving to lunge him. It was kind of funny to watch her try to lunge him since she used different cues than I do and when I tried to explain it to her, she decided to let me do it so she could see how I got him to do it.

The thing is with Jack, I realized early on that he's very sensitive so I worked that to our advantage. Despite not having done a whole lot of lunging, he knows all his cues verbally. So I just have to tell him to walk and he does, same with trot. I typically point in the direction I want him to go in so he knows where I want him to head off to, but otherwise, that's it. And once he's trotting, all I have to do is say "and walk" and he pretty much immediately goes back to a walk. Even when asking him to stop and turn, I either can do it almost completely with just words, or purely just with a point of my finger. Of course it's not perfect all the time, but he's one of the best horses I've ever lunged and he's the most green horse I've ever lunged lol.

We did do a few other things as well, such as brush him, clean out his feet, lower his head and generally get a feel for him. At the end, she told me she was rather impressed with him. Makes me very excited to know that she's impressed since I know he's an awesome little horse and also considering he's the first horse I've "rehabbed" so to speak with his fear of humans and then to actually start his training from scratch, it makes me feel like I'm actually managing to do something right lol, despite feeling a little lost sometimes.

Can't wait until our next session and we can do something new with him and get some more pointers.




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post #105 of 148 Old 11-17-2019, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Today, I got kicked by Jack. Definitely was not how I saw the day going.

He wasn't wanting to listen when I was leading him from one pen to another so I started to work on getting him to listen to me by having him back up, yeild different parts of body, and such. I'd barely gotten started when a truck started to pull up so I stopped for a moment, letting Jack just stand there for a moment as I glanced back to see where the truck would be going. While I did so, I suddenly felt something hard hit my left shoulder and as I turned, I saw Jack landing. He'd reared up and struck out, hitting me in the shoulder. Thankfully he wasn't out to really get me or anything since it honestly felt more like a hard shove or push from behind than a kick, but I think it helped I wore a fluffy vest which helped absorb the impact.

Needless to say, I really got after him for that. I wasn't able to take him to the indoor arena since it was in use, and I couldn't work him in the round pen since most of it was covered in ice and water. So I worked with him the best I could in the mud of the grounds a little ways in front of the paddock.

When I asked him to walk off to lunge him a bit, he started tossing his head and wanting to take off into a trot and prance. Due to how disresptecful he'd been acting prior, and him showing signs that he might try something again, I shut it down immediately and got him to move his feet backwards. We had to do this a few times before he realized that his little prancing and head tossing fits were pointless. After about the 3rd correction, he started to settle down and would around me calmly, and even started lowering his head. So I got him to stop and walk a few more times to make sure he was listening.

Once he was listening, we went back to the paddock and he walked calmly beside me with his head lowered and actually paying attention. Even when I let him go in the paddock, he remained standing where I put him until I'd left the pen, rubbed his head and told him to go enjoy his supper. Only then did he leave to join Sam to eat.

So I think tomorrow, I'm going to work him a bit more in the arena. It's been super muddy around here so the boys have some pent up energy. It'll be good for them to go into the arena and just run. No work, nothing, just let them play and run around to get rid of some of that excess energy that they have.
Plus, Sam's getting his teeth floated tomorrow so I don't want him bursting with energy when it comes time for the needle since he doesn't much like those.


And I don't have any pics today, but I should have some more tomorrow of the vet visit and everything.
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post #106 of 148 Old 11-18-2019, 01:42 AM
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I just got caught up on your journal @SummerBliss . And omg. First off: you've done some amazing work with Jack and he has changed from a fearful, not-so-healthy horse with an uncertain future into a gorgeous, healthy, wellbehaved, learning, well adjusted/developed young horse. You should be really proud of what you've done with him. He is absolutely gorgeous and it sounds like you two have a great bond! Big kudos! I love how lil and stocky he is. Totally adorable lil pony <3

So cool reading about Sam. He is also an absolutely beautiful horse and I'm glad you have a horse to ride now! And it's also really nice that you listened to and retired Roxy! You could tell that she was ready to not work anymore so I'm really glad you gave her that.

What about Ren? How's the little darling doing?

Re: Jack kicking you. Our young ones (and older ones too) are bound to test the waters sometimes, but you dealt with it perfectly! In fact, that's something that stood out in all your latest posts - how well you deal with tricky situations. I'm really glad you are unhurt too! Hopefully he'll remember not to try anything like that again. I have yet to be kicked by Heidi (though she got me with a foreleg once) but she has definitely tried in that same way; I just got lucky to not be within reach ever.

Anywho, great job with all of your horses! It's been really fun catching up on all your fun endeavors!

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post #107 of 148 Old 11-19-2019, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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I just got caught up on your journal @SummerBliss . And omg. First off: you've done some amazing work with Jack and he has changed from a fearful, not-so-healthy horse with an uncertain future into a gorgeous, healthy, wellbehaved, learning, well adjusted/developed young horse. You should be really proud of what you've done with him. He is absolutely gorgeous and it sounds like you two have a great bond! Big kudos! I love how lil and stocky he is. Totally adorable lil pony <3

Thanks, and it definitely has been a lot of fun to see Jack bloom and grow into quite the young horse! But he's honestly helped me just as much as I helped him out. Mutual growth for the both of us lol

So cool reading about Sam. He is also an absolutely beautiful horse and I'm glad you have a horse to ride now! And it's also really nice that you listened to and retired Roxy! You could tell that she was ready to not work anymore so I'm really glad you gave her that.

What about Ren? How's the little darling doing?

She's doing good. I actually ended up meeting a woman and her daughter and one thing led to another and I ended up selling Ren to them. Ren was a sweetheart and it was hard to see her go, but things just felt right that these were the people that she was supposed to be with.

Re: Jack kicking you. Our young ones (and older ones too) are bound to test the waters sometimes, but you dealt with it perfectly! In fact, that's something that stood out in all your latest posts - how well you deal with tricky situations. I'm really glad you are unhurt too! Hopefully he'll remember not to try anything like that again. I have yet to be kicked by Heidi (though she got me with a foreleg once) but she has definitely tried in that same way; I just got lucky to not be within reach ever.

Ya, they all have their days where they decide to test us and see if we're really serious about what we're asking from them. But hey, it just keeps life interesting right? And I definitely feel very lucky to not be hurt since I've heard a lot of horror stories about being kicked lol. And I'm glad you're managing to keep safe with Heidi, though she sounds like a sweet horse as well.

Anywho, great job with all of your horses! It's been really fun catching up on all your fun endeavors!
Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoy reading the journal :) I appreciate your encouragement and other comments as well.
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post #108 of 148 Old 11-19-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Sam made it to the vet yesterday and things went better than expected which was great. I also learnt more about Sam and the connection we have since when it was time to load him up in the trailer to go to the vet, he refused to get in when my instructor/trainer was leading him. But once I took the rope, I did a small circle to get him lined back up and went to the trailer and he popped right in with 0 hesitation. So it was rather amusing that he refused to go in for my trainer multiple times, but for me, he was willing to go in the first time.

Then, once at the vets, he was given an oral paste that would make him really calm and sleepy to make it easier to get a needle in him to sedate him. Again, he refused to let my trainer get near him with the syringe so I took it and 2 seconds later, he had the paste in his mouth.

Once he had the paste, we went into the barn to have him practice into the stocks since it was doubtful he'd ever done it before. He was a little skittish around it at first, but by the 4th time, he was already much better. So from there, we let him graze until the vet was able to come out.
During this time, we realized Sam is a bit of a light weight as it took only about 5 - 10 mins before he started getting all sleepy and dopey from the calming gell. There were times he'd even stand a little cross legged and have to work at keeping himself standing. But at the same time, it wore off sooner than it does normally and was already wearing off by the time the vet came out which was only about 15 maybe 20 mins later.
Even when he got sedated, that started to fade and wear off sooner than expected, despite how quickly it had an effect on him.

The vet also said that his teeth were absolutely awful and were cutting into his cheeks. It pretty much looked like he'd never had his teeth done before. So she got them all nice and smooth again and said we'd need to do this again in the spring simply because of how bad they were.



And I was told that Sam is a very unusual thoroughbred, for the fact that he is as calm and lazy he is, especially only being 8.
I've also realized that Sam is quite brave and willing to do whatever it is I ask of him. I lunged him a bit at one point and I set up a pole and he was fine with trotting over that. So I raised the pole up and again he was fine with that. I then put two poles up side by side and he didn't even bat an eye at it. He would zone in on what was in front of him and readjust his stride every time he came to it until he figured the best way to move his feet to be able to go over it without hitting the poles. It'd take about the 3rd time going over it before he'd have it figured out and after that, he would pretty much never hit it. So I think he'd do well in jumping with how he handles this.


And now some pics. There's one of him all crosslegged thanks to how dopey the drugs were making him feel lol

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I think you handled Jack's little tantrum very well. He is young, & they definitely do test. My horse is 6 & she still has her baby moments. You have to be quick, & redirect them ASAP! That's exactly what you did, which is great. He learned pretty quickly that those little hissy fits weren't going to get him anywhere!

It definitely shows that Sam trusts you too. They know their people. I feel like he may just be a 'one person' horse. Most TB's (IMO) are. Mine is that way too, she knows I'm her person & trusts me. Other people...she definitely doesn't act the same towards them. It's definitely a respect thing. Sam respects you & knows you are helping him. They just know. <3

As for his temperament, it sounds like he is very calm. Which is great.

Glad he was good at the vet & I'm sure he feels a lot better now that his teeth are filed down a bit! :) So cute!

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The boys got their feet done now too. It was quite something actually. This was only Jack's second trim ever. He was supposed to have it done a bit sooner, but then things just were't lining up with my farrier. He cancelled and when we tried to reschedule, it just wasn't lining up so I finally managed to get a hold of someone else. She actually worked with another lady on rescue horses so she's good at handling all kinds of horses.


Anyway, so Jack really impressed me. He was a bit unsure about her and would shift sideways a bit when she would move next to him to grab a foot, but that was it. Once she had it, he was great. He's still not great with giving his feet, as in he'll let you pick it up, but it's dead weight since he doesn't help out lol. He's a million times better than what he was like when he arrived. So ya, I was pretty proud of him for that.
He's also been behaving much better since the other night when he was being a turd so I guess he's learnt his lesson.


Sam wasn't as nice lol. But I've come to realize that he likes to test people he doesn't know since he's trying to see if he can trust them, but another factor is that he needs some chiro done. When he managed to escape, he must've hurt himself since he's pretty sensitive in his lower back and hips and I think having his back feet trimmed bothered him a bit. So I'm in the process of finding someone to work on him but that might not happen till half way through December unless I get lucky enough to find someone sooner than that.

In the mean time, Sam gets continued time off from riding. So when it does come time to hop back on him, it'll be interesting to see how he'll be lol. Though him being sore isn't stopping him from tearing around the arena and tossing out some bucks as he stretches his legs haha. So I'm glad he's still feeling good despite being a bit sore.



And some pics of Jack being a good boy while getting his feet done. He's also such a goof. Every time the camera is out, he has to sniff it and come over and basically make it impossible to get a decent pic of him since he likes to just in it's face xD. Not only that, but I've also been feeding the boys some special mash. It's mostly for Sam to help him gain weight, but I put a little bit into another bin for jack so that he feels like he's included. Now what he's doing, is picking these rubber bucket/bins and shaking them when they're empty. If they're on the other side of the fence, he'll reach his head through, grab it and drag it back into his pen to check it out. If it's empty, he tosses it around. So now if I leave while they're eating it, I'll come back later to find it in the middle of their pen thanks to him tossing it around, wanting more. Thankfully Sam won't let him steal his food so I never have to worry about Sam loosing out on what he needs. If Jack gets remotely too close, Sam chases him off. Only I am allowed to take away his food without fuss. If Jack tries, he just gets a bit to the rump for that lol. I'm going to try to get some pics yet of Jack goofing around with the food bins since it is pretty amusing to watch.

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