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post #891 of 1323 Old 11-18-2015, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well off I go. Im really nervous how the BO is going to react.
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Does he have posted hours for the barn?
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Does he have posted hours for the barn?
No but I remember him saying before I boarded (cause I asked him for hours) that he didnt care what time we came, as long as we turned off the lights after.

Because its dark out, I always make sure i turn off my car headlights even before turning off the main road so I dont blind the horses and when I leave, I dont turn them on until I get back onto the main road.

I just got home and WOW does that ever feel wierd going home first and showering, then going to the barn later lol. But I am glad I went out tonight because its actually not as dark as I thought it would be. It was dark but not pitch black and there were still some lights from a distance way into the fieds that light up the ground. It could be that because there was snow on the ground, so it was brighter.

I used my headlamp when leading my mare and also used it in the barn when getting stuff (the perfect lamp!). But I kept it off when I went to catch her and was haltering her because I know horses are very sensitive to light in dark places and it wouldnt be very nice to blind them.

I still brought my carrot stick out and chased the herd back just in case. I had them 15ft+ away from me.

Even though it was dark, I still managed to get her to lower her head when haltering.

And brought her in and we were in there for an hour. I checked to make sure she had no new cuts and bites, massaged her left lower back, did some more teaching her on getting her to lift her feet more willingly. And brought her into the arena and did some flexions.

She was impatient, kept pawing, was very surprised. She hasnt pawed this much in a long long time. I say quit, stop it, each time and she will stop but start up again later.

I notice that with her winter coat, she doesnt have as much hair coming off. This is the 4th time or so where i went to brush her and i didnt have to, anywhere, because she was so clean and soft that it looked like she was just brushed lol. Is it normal for winter coats to not have to be brushed as often as summer coats?

I was quite surprised how calm and "ok with the light" she was with me leading her with my head lamp on. I had it pointed ot the groundand made sure not to turn my head to look at her (or i would blind her). I also have a flashlight in my pocket, in case I need a second light. I use the flashlight when I enter the herd and have it pointing to the ground.

Im glad I went out! :)

It looks like this will be my plan for the winter. Head home after work, shower, eat, then leave for the barn at 5:45, so by the time I get there, the herd is done dinner (which they were tonight). I probably wont be seeing much of the trainer, BO, or any boarders for awhile since Im almost certain im the only boarder who is willing to go there when its black out haha. The BO heads inside his house when its dark out too. Felt wierd doing everything in the dark and not a single person around! With all the horses sleeping haha.

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It is too bad that you seem to worry to death. She was probably pawing because she picked up on you being nervous.
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You worry way to much... It's not uncommon especially in our wet season which is actually our summer for it to be way to hot to go out until after 4 or 5 and stay until pitch black.

I attached a photo of my paddock at like 7 or 8 at night. I work night shifts so I usually sleep until atleast 1 or 5 at the latest if I have done a couple in a row.
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I live in Australia where practically every animal can kill you, you'll be right.
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It is too bad that you seem to worry to death. She was probably pawing because she picked up on you being nervous.
I wasnt nervous last night, I was relaxed when working with her.
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I wasnt nervous last night, I was relaxed when working with her.
Your last post before you went to the barn last night was that you were really nervous about how BO was going to react. You have worried about going in the dark, keeping food and equipment in your car, how the other horses will react, your headlamp, what others will think about you feeding cubes, if people think it is weird you are out there all the time, and on and on. I have a hard time believing you can get worked up about something every time you go out there and then suddenly completely calm down when working with your mare.

Just sayin', when your mare acts nervous it may be her reaction to you. Like when she was pawing last night. You may think you are calm, but a horse knows.

Working on not worrying about what might happen before the fact or what others may think, will go a long ways toward building you relationship with your horse (or any other animal or person).

Chill, dude.
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Your last post before you went to the barn last night was that you were really nervous about how BO was going to react. You have worried about going in the dark, keeping food and equipment in your car, how the other horses will react, your headlamp, what others will think about you feeding cubes, if people think it is weird you are out there all the time, and on and on. I have a hard time believing you can get worked up about something every time you go out there and then suddenly completely calm down when working with your mare.

Just sayin', when your mare acts nervous it may be her reaction to you. Like when she was pawing last night. You may think you are calm, but a horse knows.

Working on not worrying about what might happen before the fact or what others may think, will go a long ways toward building you relationship with your horse (or any other animal or person).

Chill, dude.
I know but she only pawed when I was working on teaching her to pick up her feet more willingly. When I would tap her leg, she would paw. But I would let it pass, tell her to quit and then when she had her foot back down I would try it again. Once she successfully lifted her foot off the ground from me just tapping her leg and running my hand down from her knee to the hoof, she was rewarded. I gave her a couple minutes after each time doing it to think about it and distinguish what exactly im teaching her.

Otherwise she didnt paw at all. She normally doesnt pay anymore or nearly as much. What Im saying is, I think her pawing was more the fact of what exactly I was doing with her than me being nervous. I was not nervous when i was with her.
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If you are teaching her to pick up her foot, and she is TRYING, by pawing, then you are teaching her NOT to pick up her foot. Go re read our posts on teaching. You HAVE to recognize a TRY.
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