Just a good ol' boy!

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

Just a good ol' boy!

Postby Juliane on Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:55 pm

While I love on Connor every morning and night when I bring him his hay, I haven't had much of an opportunity to work him! Today, I decided to take advantage of the half hour of daylight left in the day to play with him. He was a muddy sight as I arrived at his barn!

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I pulled him out, putting the bosal on him instead of a halter, then proceeded to take his blanket off. When Chelsea and I put his blanket on on Sunday, he was pretty nervous about it. Today, he had no issues with it being removed! I was so proud of him!

I brushed him down and noticed the bridle path that I had cut with scissors was growing incredibly long and looking more like a mohawk - ugh! So, I decided to see what he would do if I tried to clip him with the clippers. Surprisingly, he was really good! He was curious and couldn't investigate them fully enough for his own satisfaction, but finally let me clip him. I started with his muzzle, which made both my daughter, Cassidy, and I laugh hysterically - the clippers must have tickled his nose incredibly which caused him to turn his lip up! It was very adorable!

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After he successfully passed the clipper test, I took him out to my truck to saddle him up (that's where my saddle was, since it's normally kept in my trailer, not down at the barn that Connor is at). Connor was a perfect gentleman as I tossed the reins over the side of the truck and tacked him up. I found a couple of itchy spots that Connor just about fell over from the exctasy! :P

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Once saddled, I mounted up. This is far different than anything I've asked him to do in the past, as each time I've ridden him, I've done groundwork and round penning first. Today, I pulled him out cold turkey, threw the saddle on and got on! I wanted to see how he would act or if he would be dangerous. He was awesome! He was solid and steady and listened to my requests.

He's a bit headstrong in the bosal and I really have to be one step ahead of him as he also has a nice little habit of reaching out for that little tuft of grass or bush as we are riding along! Hmmph!

We went down to my house, and into Nikki's round pen. I was riding the entire time. He was such a good boy. I didn't want to try riding in either of the pastures as the other horses could have caused issues and distraction.

Once in the round pen, I immediately asked him to move out. It was too slick to canter, though if it wasn't, I have no doubt Connor would have cantered :) We trotted in both directions - he's a tad sluggish and I actually had to keep bumping his sides to keep him moving, otherwise he'd try to stop every 2-3 strides. However, it seems like something that can be easily fixed. He is sensitive to leg pressure, so we were fine. :)

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Since my daughter was being such a stellar sport and being my personal photographer, I asked if she wanted to ride him. (I also wanted to see how well he behaved for her!) So, I tossed her up on him, even though he had my saddle on and let her ride around the round pen.

He listened to her pretty well - walking, turning and stopping. The only issues Cassidy had with him was him wanting to put his head down. He had the typical pony manuever to just push through the pressure and reach down for a bite to eat. Other than that, he was perfectly safe. What a good boy! I think Cassidy likes Sweetie better though! :P

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Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby Andrea on Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:29 pm

Okay, that's it. I'm smitten.
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Postby maximus on Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:07 am

He would just be the most adorable pony hunter. I could see him winning everything in sight! :D
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Postby seahorse on Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:07 am

How cool that he keeps that super cute extended trot even on less than great footing! He is the CUTEST ever! Cassidy looks so little on him LOL He must be like those fun house mirrors.........he is little but even Juliane who is fairly tall does not look hugely out of proportion on him. I love this little guy!
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Postby jennywho on Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:43 am

I just finally got caught up on Conner, what an awesome little pony. I am just amazed at what a diamond in the rough he is.
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Postby zeesmom on Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:03 am

I am so happy to see that he is doing well. :D He looks great with a little girl of his own... I knew he had it in him!


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Postby shireluver on Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:09 am

Here is not the place to discuss PEC, but I'm glad Connor is out of there too. It's amazing what a little bit of work did for him. :D
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Postby ponygril68 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:57 am

:lol: IS HE GOING TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION? IF SO MAYBE THE SCHOOL THAT TOOK RORY WOULD NEED ANOTHER TRAINING PONY...JUST A THOUHT..MEL :lol:
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Postby seahorse on Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:01 am

Zeesmom-
I for one am very grateful that you stepped up and helped to bail Connor, He is an exceptional horse and it has been great to get to know him. I am very aware of the fact that if you and others had not bailed him he would be in far worse straits. I know that Sam contacted his donors to get the okay for me to move him and I thank you for having enough faith in Juliane and I to take him and work with him so he could be placed in a safe, loving forever home. Thank you very very much.
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Postby zeesmom on Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:08 pm

Hi Chelsea thank you for your note. I love Connor. I wish that I could have taken him home! He looks great and I am so proud of him!

I have complete confidence that you and Juliane will find him the best home possible.

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Postby cat_67 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:25 pm

If Connor's idea of being a bad boy is trying to eat and trot at the same time, I think most of us could live with that! :) Doesn't every child have to learn how to get the horse to ignore the green green grass and work for a living?

He looks great!
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Postby Juliane on Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:21 pm

LOL Cat! My very first horse was a dapple grey shetland pony when I was about Cassidy's age. We would be cantering along in the field, having a gay old time. And he would never, ever fail to stop mid-stride, put his head down for a bit of grass and send me flying forward! :lol:

Not sure what I learned from that, but it sure wasn't funny back then. It's hilarious now! I'm sure glad Sweetie doesn't do that to Cassidy! ROFL
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:39 am

You learned to sit BACK. Same lesson I learned from Heidi, a Morgan-Welsh cross school horse who would bolt to the end of the riding arena where the hay was stored with me, slide stop and pick up entire bales in her teeth. :D
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Postby Tatesmom on Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:03 pm

My "rent a horse" did that to me last month coming down Mt Little in Mt Vernon, it's not so little, in fact it was extremely steep, we had to lean back in the saddle coming down, my guy decided to start a very fast choppy trot straight down the mountain. I survived the ordeal.
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