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Yay! I'm so glad you started a new journal!
I started reading your old journal and still do whenever I'm bored/have time, but I've only gotten to like page 6. I will read this whole one though! I'm so excited! You have made so much progress with Hero! He sounds amazing!
Also, do you speak some Spanish? Cause Amore in Spanish, is love. You probably knew that though...lol!
 

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Wow. I totally agree with all of that! Everything you've said so far! I always thought that people referring to "holes" in training was an odd thing. I really liked what @bsms said...
PS: I stink at basketball and can't stay upright on ice skates. I have "holes" in my athletic training. I'm just....devastated.馃ぃ
I totally agree! I'm not bendy so I would suck at ballet, does that mean I have a "hole"? No, it just means I can work hard, and lift heavy things unlike some people. That doesn't mean those people that can't lift things have "holes". What are we comparing those problem horses to? What is the perfect horse? What does a horse with no "holes" look like? Nothing. They don't exist. Every horse has some sort of problem, or issue. And while some people may call those "holes", the owners may just say they never took the time to teach them!
Back to my example, some people may say I have a "hole" because I can't stretch, when in reality, I just haven't taken the time to "train" myself to be bendy!

@gottatrot, you need to tell me when you publish this book and where I can find it, because I need to read it! Lol!
 

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@gottatrot, I think I say this way too often, but I love your journal! Even though I don't always post in it, I do read everything you have to say. I love how carefree, and non judgmental everyone that posts on it is. Like, I also follow along with some of the other threads, and I had been reading the thread that got locked down, and then I come to your journal, and you guys are able to have a legit conversation with each other. You respect others opinions, while stating yours, and the other actually listen to what you all have to say! It's awesome! I love reading what you guys say cause you have so much more experience, and you share actual real life stories that prove your points, instead of just derailing others . I also much prefer reading threads about people's experience, and the way train, rather than listen to someone ask how they should talk to their parents. Well, go research it, read some training threads, read awesome journals like this, gain experience, and learn how to talk to your parents! I know that might sound hypocritical seeing as I don't have a horse of my own, but I'm not posting threads asking what I should say to my parents. Instead I am going outside and doing chores and helping my dad and showing that I am responsible, and I can take care of a horse.
Everything you guys say makes so much sense, and I love the information you share! Thank you! Also, sorry I don't read all your guy's journals. I have started reading a couple of them, and I have loved them so far!

Anyhow, just had to pop in and say thank you for writing journals, and for letting me read about your experiences!! 馃槈
 

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I agree with what you鈥檙e saying, I鈥檝e noticed that with my animals too and working with a couple other horses. At first they鈥檙e uncomfortable if it鈥檚 hurting them (like treating a wound) but once they find out that it helps, they seem to enjoy it almost.
I鈥檝e really noticed that with the chiropractor. As with a human chiro, I think initially it hurts the horse but eventually they really start to enjoy it and relax into it.
I think forgiveness is a huge thing I want in my horses and also try to remember to forgive them when they do something dumb.

One of my favourite quotes goes something like 鈥渆ating healthy for one day won鈥檛 make you healthy. But eating poorly for one day, won鈥檛 make you 鈥
I think that鈥檚 important to remember. It鈥檚 about consistency and what we do regularly. If we hurt our horse once, I think they鈥檙e more likely to forgive us because we are more often nice to them.
Same as abused horses are more hesitant, they鈥檝e been abused so many times that one good thing won鈥檛 erase all the bad and it takes time to build that trust with them.

I remember when I first got my horse, he hated being ridden and would buck every single time I asked him to lope. He threw me every single ride. I lost all my confidence, was scared to lope even the lesson horses, and was terrified to even think of riding Chance again. Eventually I decided it had to be a tack fit issue. I鈥檇 had the saddle professionally fitted so I knew that wasn鈥檛 the issue. I had a full vet check done. Twice. The chiropractor. Supplementing feed. And giving him time off. Nothing helped. Finally ordered him a new saddle pad and tried that. For the first few rides I just walked and some trot, he seemed to go a lot better. He led better from the pasture, and stood well for saddling. I really thought it had helped but was still terrified to lope him.
I thought that it had hurt him for so long, he would just assume that it was going to hurt again. I assumed he wouldn鈥檛 give it a chance. He would just buck immediately to remove the pain. So I started lunging. Almost every day. I would lunge him and make him lope on the ground fully saddled so he鈥檇 learn that it didn鈥檛 hurt anymore.
I did that till finally one day my farrier pushed me to lope him. And that was one of the best days ever. I still remember the feeling of loping him. I remember the day we loped the entire field without any bucking. I remember how I stopped him after and just hugged his neck and cried, cuz we finally did it. We鈥檇 done it. I was so proud of him.

That was long, but moral of the story, I think that horses in general want to trust us and forgive us, sometimes we just have to show them that they can.
 

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This weather is so awful that my cow is dirty. There is no helping of it. Then the corona on my hands greases me up to the elbow on my right arm (it鈥檚 the one that reaches under), and it just doesn鈥檛 wash well. My oldest will gag over it, but she鈥檚 that way. Lol
Cow poop from milking literally never goes away! It鈥檚 so annoying. All other manure washes off, but for whatever reason the inside of my forearms constantly smell like a mix of manure and bag balm (from reaching forward to the front udders). Drives me crazy.

I think also that horses just in general have a smell that most people probably don鈥檛 smell very often so aren鈥檛 as used to. I know my dad got a good smell of the donkeys one time and he says they smell like a burning belt lol. I think it鈥檚 great but he disagrees.
Same as if I鈥檝e been working with a sweaty horse and got the smell on me, dad notices and says I stink.
Cow, sheep, and pig manure, my family doesn鈥檛 notice cuz we鈥檙e used to it. But the smell of horse, now apparently that鈥檚 nasty enough to say something about lol
 

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This is so true! Hugest pet peeve of mine when a horse doesn鈥檛 stand still. So irritating when you鈥檙e on the trail.
I remember one time my friend and I were out riding together and she was one a rescue horse we knew little about. She鈥檇 used a mounting block at the beginning of the ride but halfway through we had to get off to get cut some branches and things.
Anyways, she tried to get back on and he kept bolting or scooting away. We tried for close to 10 minutes to get her back on the horse. I tried holding him. Putting my horse in front of him. Nothing worked. Finally we decided maybe it was a pain thing (as previously said, we knew nothing about his past) so I gave her a leg up and we didn鈥檛 put any weight in the stirrups until she was in the saddle.
That worked quite well and we continued on our way.
Was definitely an adventure lol
 
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