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Progress journal, by Sunny

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
No going to the barn today, pretty bogus.
I went yesterday and Sunny got a good grooming to make do until tomorrow's bath. :twisted:
She was a sweetheart, as usual, and did the best job of picking up her feet, ever.
I couldn't be more proud.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010 Happy birthday to Sunbun! She's two, going on twenty-five. I've had her for four months, now. Time has flown like I would have never believed. Since i'm at home with nothing to do, i'll tell the story of how I came to be the lucky partner of Sunny. I bought Sunny in December, not too long after I sold my Arab mare (she wanted barrels, I wanted jumping). I decided that I wanted a youngster who I could train my way and not have to fix other's mistakes. I began to look for someone who would make a nice hunter, and that's when I ran across "Sunkist", a registered 20 month old TB filly. I bought her for the jaw-dropping price of $500. She was on clearance because of a scar on her chest. Although she was less than well behaved when she came home (almost killed my step-dad coming out of the trailer) she has since become one of the most solid-headed horses i've ever met. :)
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Friday, April 2, 2010
I'm about to go to the barn, Sunny needs a good grooming. I'm hoping the swelling in her pastern has gone down, it's still got me a bit worried.
But, hey, what are we horse owners for?
 

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Monday, April 5, 2010 The boyfriend and I went to the barn yesterday, and he helped me drench Sunbun's mane and tail in baby oil. XD I was determined to get her mane braided to train it to lay on one side. After she got a good grooming I saddled and bridled her and walked her around a bit. She did great, as always. The downer of the day was when I noticed that Sunny is flaring on her right fore, and the farrier isn't due for weeks. Guess I gotta make an early call.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I am so ready to go to the barn! :)
I plan on riding Sis today, then working with Sunny on the lunge.
Maybe we'll make some progress, this lunging is taking so long. Haha.
But patience is worth gold, right? Especially with our lovely equines.
Wish me luck riding today, i'm probably gonna go bareback. :)
 

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Sunday, April 11, 2010 I'm about to go to the barn for the morning feed, it's only Sunny and Dixie at the barn-my aunt and uncle took Lex and Sista on a trip to the mountains. It's alot easier to only have to herd 2 horses in their stalls. XP I'm probably gonna take Sunny's braids out, they've been in for a week. Haha. I'll probably try to ride Dixie since she apparently doesn't have any physical problems. I think i'll set up some low grids and work her on them. Wish me luck! :]
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Sunday, April 11, 2010 I'm about to go to the barn for the morning feed, it's only Sunny and Dixie at the barn-my aunt and uncle took Lex and Sista on a trip to the mountains. It's alot easier to only have to herd 2 horses in their stalls. XP I'm probably gonna take Sunny's braids out, they've been in for a week. Haha. I'll probably try to ride Dixie since she apparently doesn't have any physical problems. I think i'll set up some low grids and work her on them. Wish me luck! :]
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Went to the barn today and re-did Sunny's braids! I cut her mane Sunday, and then pulled a bit. I'm gonna pull the rest of it sometime soon, once it all lays on one side. I'm gonna get it about 3-4 inches to do hunter braids. She did good when I pulled a bit close to her withers, and it was both her and my first time pulling/being pulled. So proud of my little girl. :]
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Sunday, April 25, 2010 I just got back from the barn. I rode Dixie a couple miles, she did very good. :]] I redid Sunbun's braids, and she was great! I am soooooooo ready for the tack store to open so I can get her bit! I am so ready to start backing her, and even more ready to take her to the shows! :]
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Thursday, May 6, 2010 The farrier comes tomorrow, Thank God! She is flaring so bad, I hate that she's just now getting them done. I am so ready for my birthday so I can get my saddle and start backing Sunbun. I'm so excited! :D
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Hello, all!
Guess what? It's moody mare month!
Yeap, Sunny's in season.
That explains her act up the other day.
Oh, yeah. Haven't discussed that.
Well, my aunt was out riding Sis, so the other's were put up. It seemed like a good time to hand walk Sunbun. I tacked her up, bit and all(she did great!) and we headed out. We got to the top of the pasture where Sis was being ridden, so ofcourse Sunny was being loud and such, but no big deal. Well, we starting going down the hill out of sight from Sis, and Sunny EXPLODED. She reared, then bucked, then just crow-hopped in place. :lol:
I just watched her until she finished, and then she walked calmly all the way back. Silly horse. :wink:
But, that's her first act-up since i've had her, so I most deff. can't complain.
I love my Sunbun.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010 Grrr.... My horsie-life is filled with anger at the moment. I am SO ready to continue Sunny's training, but the stupid tack store is STILL moving after months, so I can't go get a new bit. Ive talked to them so I could set up a date to come get the bit, but after that, they won't answer the phone! It seems trivial, but it's been 6 months. :/// And to add, Sunny is flaring big-time on her right fore, and the farrier did absolutely nothing when he came out. I went to go look at her feet, and they looked the exact same. It's very frustrating. Anywho! Rant over. :]
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Sunday, May 30th, 2010 Ahhhh, Summer vacation.... My last day of Junior year was Tuesday, it's great. Now I have all summer to turn my unbroke, crazy TB into a riding horse! I'll keep you guys updated on how many hospital visits I end up with. ;) Anyways, yesterday I went to feed the horses, and I was in a big rush, so I just grabbed a brush and a hoof pick and went into Sun's stall and did a brief grooming job on her, untied. If you guys knew how she was in December, you would be wide-eyed at the fact that I can now pick her feet with her loose. She is still fidgity and tries to pull away if I hold her feet too long(don't know how the farrier deals with it) but she no longer bites my rear when i'm doing her fronts. XD Sometime this week i'm going to pony her on a trail, probably with Lex since they're dating. I keep telling her he's too old, but she won't listen. He's 22, she's 2. XD They sure are best friends, though. :]
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Thursday, June 3, 2010 I went to the barn on Tuesday, Sunny was sweet as always. I put her on the crossties and groomed her. She actually cocked a foot when I was brushing her tail! XD She suprises me every day. What a sweet little girl she's becoming. I'm going to go ride Dixie today if the rain holds off. It's been about a week since I rode, I told myself i've gotta stay in shape or i'm gonna die when I start Sunbun. XP Mom is really excited about me riding her, I don't know why. Haha. But she did tell me she'd kill me if I got on her if no one was with me. Come on, like i'd do that.... :)
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 I went to the barn to feed today. I hopped on Dixie bareback and rode around the pasture once. She has made so much progress, all of my work is paying off. I've learned that she won't begin to jig and the like unless you try to speed her up when she's walking. Bareback wasn't the best time to figure that out. XP Anywho! I brushed Sunny's legs and picked her feet. Farrier comes next Friday.So, my birthday is tomorrow! We're short on funds, so I won't get my saddle until next week, but that's okay! I'll get my other suprises tomorrow from the boyfriend, including a helmet, breeches, gloves, boots, and a halfpad! :) As soon as I get my saddle Sunny is going into intense training. Can't wait! :D
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Friday, June 11, 2010 Well, technically it's Saturday, but whatever. XP I went to the barn today, only planning to feed. But, my aunt-in-law's sister's daughter(haha) was there and wanted to ride, so I went with her since she's too young to go alone. Since the ride wasn't planned, I was in shorts. Not fun. My leg looks like it was put into a meatgrinder from the thorns and saddle sores. But, it was fun. Atleast someone rode with me, even if it was a ten year old. Haha. Sunny got brushed, and that was it for her today. I'm planning to change her feed, i'm really leaning toward Triple Crown Complete. I hope the feed store has it, I don't want to have to order it. Anywho! I'm supposed to go ride with my aunt next week, maybe i'll get to try out my new breeches and boots!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 I went to the barn yesterday. Got caught in the rain. I oiled everyone's hooves and then ran a quick brush over Sunny. Today I am ordering my saddle and bridle, and Sunny's bit. Hopefully it will be here by early next week! I'm really excited, it'll feel so great to be in a saddle that actually fits me! Anywho! I'm also probably going to order Sunny's shots since she refused to get into the trailer for my aunt yesterday and missed her vet appointment. Crazy girl. XP I'm also going to take Sunbun to a family friend's house to use her roundpen, hopefully make some progress at liberty. We'll see!
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 My bit came in the mail yesterday! Yay! I'm gonna take it to the barn today and make sure it fits Sunny. Now i'm just *anxiously* waiting on my saddle to arrive. I can't imagine how great it's going to feel to ride in a saddle that's actually my size! :D Anywho... Goodness, how time has flown. It feels like Sunbun just came home yesterday, a shaggy, crazy filly. But it's been seven months. Goshhh. She has come so far! But we still have a long way to go... Wish us luck. <3
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Today was a great day at the barn. I took my new saddle out to try on Dixie, a mare I ride/train/etc. The horses had already finished eating their dinner, and I was tacking up Dixie. While I was getting stuff together, I kept hearing Sunny sigh. I walked out of Dixie's stall, and as I turned to wave bye to Sunbun, I didn't see her! She was laying down, sleeping. XP I went in and sat with her and rubbed her face for a bit, then went for a quick ride on Dixie. The saddle fit great! Super comfy. And the bit I ordered fit Sunny perfect! So, I had a great day. Love my baby. <3
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