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post #1 of 525 Old 03-04-2016, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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The story of Odie

many of you who have followed my posts know i have mostly put my mare out to pasture for recurring lameness issues. So i have "kidnaped" my fiance's 9 year old gelding Odie. My fiance had odie since he was 9 months old. He raised him to be a mini him. except that the moose grew to be about 16.3hh! Odie has not been worked with in about 3 to 4 years so im kinda tarting over. Took him to his first horse show last weekend and he did well. moved him to a new barn for the first time in his life. Now our story has begun.
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i wanted to post this slightly separate from the main thread. i love odie but man can he be a turd! the concept of changing directions on the lunge line is beyond him! he will go right but when i ask him to turn left we turns his butt to the left and just starts backing up. or he side passes around me in a circle... fought with him for almost an hour on that today and FINALLY won! then he tried to run me over once i set him loose in the round pen resulting in a good smack on the butt. then he ran like and idiot and tripped. he slid on his side quite a distance. luckily he was fine but lord! I love him and i KNOW he is smart but sometimes he is quite dense -_-'. we ended (take 2) on a positive note with some flexing and desensitising. We also need to work on standing still longer than 3 min. He got scolded for trying to take a chunk out of the table today while standing tied. then he got reprimanded for trying to eat his lead so he settled for chewing on his own tongue instead. The word special comes to mind when i think of that horse lol!
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post #3 of 525 Old 03-05-2016, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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so after ALL that fighting yesterday i FINALLY made some progress with changing direction! I also worked on his setting up and standing still for halter. AND his most annoying habit of crowding when being led.

Go it on vid too! the first part were he thought about bowing instead of turning was at the end of the last vid. but not much was missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKgYwh6xw5U
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Odie was a good boy yesterday! no pulling my hair out. I just focused on what we did the day before. quietly yielding his hind quarters and a less panicked direction change. he is getting there. worked on yielding his forequarters. did not get more than two steps but i find that if i get 2 steps one day i can get 7 the next. played with him on in hand trotting and setting up. sitting still is hard for him apparently so 20 seconds of standing still was a move in the right direction lol!


he is also starting to build a little muscle. when moving there was a divot on his hindquarters that was not there before so there is that. his slow feeder should be coming in today so he will always have hay in-front of him. ill probably fill it with mostly alfalfa and Bermuda. then as he gains weight ill ween him off the alfalfa to mostly Bermuda.
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post #5 of 525 Old 03-07-2016, 07:54 PM
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Nice horse. Let me know how you like the slow feeder.
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got it today, it can EASILY fit 4 large flakes of alfalfa in it! he chomped down for 30 min and hardly ate half a flake so i think its fantastic! i can fill it once a day and not have to worry!


Sooo im an idiot and hit the time laps button on my little camera... sooo the awesome training session i recorded is so sped up you cannot make heads or tails of it -_-'... BUT he was fantastic! he changed direction no problem and yielded both hind and forequarters. still need to work on it but he did it without having any type of tantrum. and i was making him do A LOT of direction changes. Back and forth. he was SUCH a good boy today! After having such a solid and good session i turned him out in one of the arenas and gave him 30 min to fart around before i went in there and made him move a bit and kinda play. he just wanted to go back to his hay lol!
https://youtu.be/tFDUn_iyguE

Here is the laped vid. i slowed the speed x4 so you can somewhat see whats happening. frames are missing and its a crappy vid but better then nothing. no vid tomorrow. my truck is in the shop for my upper balljoints. the passengers side is about to snap so my fiance is taking me to work and home tomorrow. we will stop by and see him for a bit just not long enough to give him some love and food.
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post #7 of 525 Old 03-08-2016, 02:42 AM
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video is a hoot! like a couple of caffeinated ants!
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oh lord i know! i MIGHT be able to take more vid tomorrow that is NOT time lapsed. BUT my fiance wants to go to the lake and set things on fire so Kiger may not get pony play time. that being said our training sessions tend to be under 10 min. i mean that was ALL i did with him today training wise. its 10 min or less. short and simple seams to work with his squirrel like attention span. so i MIGHT get my way XD!
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He looks like a good boy and he is trying. Good luck with his training sessions. LOL love the last video.
How much did the hay net run you? I'm thinking of getting one like that.
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post #10 of 525 Old 03-08-2016, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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$72 on amazon (i did a trial of prime but it dose include free 4-5 day shipping). After my arab ate an entire hay-net one day i wont EVER use them again (did try again and said mare started eating her new one even when it was always full) so i was willing to give this a try. love it so far. will see how it holds up :)
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