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I just wanted to share how helpful it has been to have my "Pony Club." I have two 15yo girls who started to come to my farm on weekends since last Fall. Here is a picture taken yesterday, after a haitus due to winter weather.

Both girls have taken several years of lessons and they take orders well. When you have 3 people working the same horse you triple the hours spent. We all have big plans for 2012, including despooking THIS horse to mounting, his one last bugaboo, and training my other gelding to canter cues. Now that my geldings will be 6yo this year, there is no reason to hold off on ANY hard work.
 

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I wish I could find someone to come out and help with my horses (or even ride one). Lucky you!
 

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Thanks, kitten_val! The girl in the picture, Haley, stopped at our office last September, when she had lost her way to tennis practice, soaking wet and miserable. (She was new to Urbana High school.) We talked and she started coming out. Her friend, Liane, goes to my church. I think I was on the lookout for help, so my radar was up. Regardless, the timing is perfect.
I'll have to start taking pictures to add to this thread. =D
 

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Good training this past weekend. Here is Haley working Cup 7 Cakes with a rope bridle.

We ask him to lower his head and pull it towards the trainer, then bridle him. It's looser than a regular bridle but you can pull back and forth over his ears--this has been a problem--numerous times.
WE used my mare to practice "Approach and Retreat" mounting. It was easier just to stall her for awhile afterwards.

We loose lunged


before mounting training. I'll get pics next time, but it really works. He gave us NO PROBLEMS with mounting. Afterwards Haley and Liane rode in the north pasture.



As you see, he's relaxed.

DH rode him later and he just...walked. THIS is what I've been asking for since 2010.
 

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On Sunday the family rode. DD wanted some horse pictures for FB, so I let HER brush out.


Buster is HER horse.


Sweetest mare..EVER!!

DH (affectionately KA, "King Pig") sat guarded by our dog, "Baby Pyg."
 

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Thanks, Cacowgirl! I'm especially proud of that photo with the slack reins at the WALK!! Do you know how HARD it is to get these gaited horses to just walk for you? They just want to rev up their motors and fly on the trails, which is what he did right after we bought him as a 3yo. I think I'm going against his nature, but we prefer to walk the flat portions of trails--don't mind cantering uphill.
Btw, my daughter was brushing after our ride--I don't like to leave saddle marks on my horses. She was home from Law School on Spring Break. I won't get her help again until May.
 

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Yes, I'm very used to the "go motor" of a gaited horse. since I'm using a snaffle-I do have some contact, but it's very light. My horses seem to love their new home-even w/the snow.
 

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Here are some shots from last Saturday. This summer's heat has been BRUTAL and we all decided to ride on cooler days.



I cut off work on the north pasture bc it's recovering from the drought. We worked on keeping the boys from running into the shelter. I worked on the ground with a lunge whip, and the girls walked/halted going to and by the shelter, then sped up going away. This helps with herd sour, too.
MORE training, and more pictures tomorrow! =D
 

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Thanks, kitten_val! The girl in the picture, Haley, stopped at our office last September, when she had lost her way to tennis practice, soaking wet and miserable. (She was new to Urbana High school.) We talked and she started coming out. Her friend, Liane, goes to my church. I think I was on the lookout for help, so my radar was up. Regardless, the timing is perfect.
I'll have to start taking pictures to add to this thread. =D
If I had found someone to offer me that kind of opportunity when I was in high school I would have been in heaven! :happydance:
 

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I had several people who let me ride their horses when I was in HS. I'm just paying back, but I DO get a lot of it, though it costs me lunch every time they come out, LOL!
 
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