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  1. BiologyBrain
    09-20-2015 03:50 AM - permalink
    Starlie's bucking history continued Endurance saddle
    After some success with massage, I wanted to try my mother's old RR Endurance saddle on Starlie to see if it would fit. I spent at least an hour massaging every part of her body & getting no sore/tense reactions before saddling her. I tightened the girth just enough to touch her girth area & then walked her. I tightened it a bit more to prevent slips. Before I finished tying the girth she exploded like a bronc. I held the rope & tried to disengage her hindquarters, but she ignored me. She finally noticed I was there & stopped for a moment. I thought I had her calmed down, but before I finished tying the girth, she exploded again. This time she soon headed for some trees. I let go of the rope or risked being smashed between a bronc and trees. The saddle fell off as she bucked & ran into the woods. I'm still baffled.
  2. BiologyBrain
    09-20-2015 03:24 AM - permalink
    Starlie's bucking history continued 9/18/15 Harness Saddle
    Since she wasn't reacting, I left the saddle on her for at least 10 minutes while she ate. I pulled her head up & she suddenly began behaving like a bronc again. She had gone from head up to head down & back again numerous times with no problem. The saddle stayed on as she ran bucking into the night. I caught up with her a while later & she was perfectly calm again. I walked her 1/4 mile back home & we had no further issues. I'm still baffled.
  3. BiologyBrain
    09-20-2015 03:22 AM - permalink
    Starlie's bucking history continued 9/18/15 Harness Saddle
    After considerable success 'sacking out' I moved to using a harness saddle. First, I let her smell it to be sure she didn't over react due to its newness. Then I laid it on her back, but didn't buckle it. Then I got my rope out again to wind it around her barrel & squeeze & rub her barrel/girth area before tightening the girth. She gave no reaction. I did this on both sides just to be sure the pressure was even on both sides. Then I finally loosely buckled the saddle on her back. No reaction from her. I led her around for a moment, then tighten the saddle another hole on each side. Again, no reaction from her. It was as tight as necessary, so I led her around, wiggled & slid it around on her back, and just tried to make it annoying to see if she'd react. She didn't.
  4. BiologyBrain
    09-20-2015 03:04 AM - permalink
    What I've Done to help Starlie Feeding Remission
    The muscle spasms I noticed may have a nutritional basis: Magnesium deficiency. So I sought out the highest Mg supplement at Tractor Supply and I've been feeding it to her since 9/15/2015. She gets a mounded scoop (1/2 oz or more) per day and stays in her stall overnight to get some good lay down sleep. I'm feeding the supplement with apple sauce mixed with alfalfa cubes to be sure she gets the full dose. In her stall she also has free choice water and free choice mineral/salt. When I bring her in for the night, one of the first things she does is take a big chunk out of their mineral/salt and check her water bucket.
  5. BiologyBrain
    09-20-2015 02:58 AM - permalink
    What I've done to help Starlie Massage
    I noticed she was having what looked like muscle spasms when I touched her girth area, I looked into what could cause it. I know from personal experience that muscle spasms can be caused by tension sometimes caused by compensation for an injury. There's a lot of advice here on the forums about chiropractic and massage care for horses. So I decided to try massage after I watched some videos online. I got a good release around her tail head on her left side, but no real release from the right. Her carrot stretches were good. She let me stretch out both front & hind legs. I tried to work with the muscles around her girth area & finally got her to stop twitching every time I touched her, but whether it was because of a release or just from the 'sacking out' I don't know. I thought I had done something great, but when I tried to saddle her, she went bronc again.
  6. SueC
    08-22-2015 01:02 AM - permalink
    Hey, BB! Don't let the turkeys get you down! They have a simple programme that goes "gobble, gobble, gobble" and they have trouble seeing things outside of turkey-universe!
  7. BiologyBrain
    08-17-2015 11:00 PM - permalink
    My post about my accident 8/2/15 What a Mistake
    I have no real idea why I posted about my accident the way I did. I wasn't asking for critiques, but I got them. I wasn't asking for help - I didn't really get any. The niño formation wasn't very clear... Well, the accident happened around 7pm, I was released from the ER around 2:30am. By the time I started typing it was 3-4am and I had Fentynl, Norco, Flexryl, Zofran, Elavil, and Topomax all running through my system on top of a concussion, dislocated shoulder, strained neck, bruised coccyx, assorted contusions and abrasions. So, I was lucky I knew which side of my iPad was which much less what I was saying. I think my goal was mainly to lay it all out in black and white for myself. However, I chose to post it on a public forum. What a mistake!
  8. BiologyBrain
    08-16-2015 01:40 PM - permalink
    Training I have personally done with Starlie Whoa & Stand
    Using a rope halter & a 12' rope I ask Starlie to "Whoa" after we've been walking. Then I ask her to "Stand" then walk away. At first, she'd try to follow me because she is so well-trained to lead. However, by reinforcing the "Stand" command with a pull on the nose & repositioning her by returning her to the same position (back the same number of steps she took). I've can get to the end of my 12' rope for a minute or so without her moving. After the first few sessions of working on this, I can now shake the rope at her when I feel her getting ready to move (or graze or look away). If she does actually move, I move the rope more & she will back into position again. This lesson requires that both of us be focused on each other & not on the world around us, so it can be a challenge without a round pen, arena, or closed off stall area. She's doing quite well though.
  9. BiologyBrain
    08-16-2015 01:36 PM - permalink
    Training I have personally done with Starlie Hobbles
    As a filly, Starlie had to relearn how to walk. Her owner taught her using a rope around her leg to gently stretch her atrophied tendons and ligaments to their normal length again. So she was very used to yielding to the rope. All I had to do was get her use to the rope inhibiting her motion instead of initiating her motion. It wasn't long before she was grazing in hobbles.
  10. BiologyBrain
    08-16-2015 01:33 PM - permalink
    Training I have personally done with Starlie Crupper
    Prior to using a crupper I worked with her with using my hands under her tail, then a rope, then a crupper. I first just gently slid my hands up and down the dock of her tail, then wrapped them around the base of her tail, then I lifted it a little, then I lifted it over my arm, then I lifted it over my shoulder, then I lifted it over my head, then I played with it like it was a windshield wiper, and then I did that with the other items too. I also longe and/or lead with a rope under the tail and even pull on the rope while we walk along just in case. I have added one to the bareback pad I use to ride her, to the gear I use for long-lining and longeing, any driving harness I use will have one, and basically, if it's going on her back as I'm getting her ready to be a harness horse, it will have a crupper.

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