Class, the mischevious prankster!

This stunning 6 year old sorrel 14.1 hand mare was rescued from the feedlot in May 2006. She has been started under saddle and is available for adoption to the perfect home.

Class, the mischevious prankster!

Postby Juliane on Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:34 am

Ally came up last night and helped me work with the horses. She started out working with Shadow, while I started working with Class. Class was in her usual spunky mood and as I asked her to lunge in a circle around me, she tossed in quite a few refusals for good measure. The funny thing about Class is that she knows exactly what is being asked of her, but will test you to see if you are really going to make her do as you asked.

I continued playing with Class, doing all sorts of ground work, and then saddled her up. I put my snaffle bit on Class - which she appeared to mouth like a baby. She didn't seem familiar with being bitted up at all. We did the same giving to pressure exercises under halter as well as with the bridle.

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I then gave her a bit of a break as I watched Ally working with Shadow - but when I looked back at Class, she was standing in front of one of the arena's viewing room windows, nickering at herself in the reflection. This went on for about 15 minutes. What a dork!!!

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By this time, Ally was done with Shadow, so we traded horses. Ally started doing some exercises with Class and the mounting block, as well as mounting up. However, Class was hot and sweaty and it was humid in the arena. Within a few seconds, Class acted like she wanted to roll. We were able to keep her up the first time, but pretty soon she dropped to the ground - with my saddle on. ROFL! good thing it's a treeless, eh!? But instead of trying to roll all the way over, Class just sprawled out on the ground. What a dork! She wasn't in pain, or evading anything. I think she was just being a drama queen and was hot, tired and itchy! Hehe!!

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Once she felt better from her roll - Ally unsaddled her and then got on bareback. I haven't ridden Class bareback yet, but we both figured she'd be fine. They proceeded to walk and trot around the arena. Class was so cute - she looked happy as a clam to do as Ally asked. Now, if I had been asking her, she would have been throwing a bunch of refusals at me!!

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Upon talking about Class' current training needs and my personality conflict with her - Ally offered to take her to her barn for a month or so for more consistent training.

I certainly love Class to pieces, but we don't have a good working relationship. I seem to work really well with the needy horses that need lots of encouragement, or the serious horses that are matter of fact and go about their job. Class is a joker and nothing is serious to her. Ally has the perfect type of personality to laugh at her jokes, yet creatively ask Class in a way that makes Class want to perform.

So... after talking it over with Trish, Class' previous owner, I am moving Class to Red Barn today. She will stay there for a month - then we will re-assess the situation. Ally will continue her training and get her solidly going at the walk/trot/canter and then we will start actively trying to rehome her. I think this is a great opportunity for Class! Thank you so much Ally!
Last edited by Juliane on Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby myhorsefaith on Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:42 am

Class was the best on Friday- she's such a ham!! :lol:

I kept trying to mount and she kept wanting to drop, and there was just no way i was going to go down with her. She had it on her mind that she wanted to roll, and darn it- she was going to roll!!!

Bareback was fun...but boy was it hot in that arena. Class was a sweaty mess, I was a sweaty mess, and by the time i got done, my jeans were saturated in dirty Class sweat. Pretty gross, but well worth it! Note to self: next time bring a change of clothes!

Saturday I rode her again when Julie brought her down to Red Barn. She did awesome...we need to "install" steering which i am going to do today :)

Last night i went back to the barn to check up on her, and a bunch of the "regulars" were out there. they were all cooing over Class who was just eating it up, so i took her out, hopped on bareback and we followed a big chesnut ottb around the arena a few times. Julie had given Class a bath so she was a little more slippery than last time...LOL but it was a blast. :lol:

I am going to have a ton of fun working with this wee one!!

-Ally
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Postby busted on Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:19 am

lol Class sounds like fun! I do agree Julie, Ally seems to be a perfect match for Miss Class. She does have tons of experience with over dramatic horses (Cassie). ROLF! I cant wait to see how far she goes. She is a cutie! Reminds me of a mare at a breeding stable I worked at last year (she wasnt a brood mare just a boarders horse), very cute yet tested you until you proved you were going to make her work instead of let her play around. I think her name was Diny sounds like Tiny. When Miss Class gets going good Ally, and if Miss Cassie is ready we should take those two clowns out on a trail ride!
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Postby cat_67 on Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:42 am

Many years ago, my now-28 year old TB rolled with me in the show ring because she was hot and itchy! :D She figured I'd better have the sense to get off, and so I did. LOL
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:05 pm

Years ago when my oldest daughter was about 5, I was visiting a friend at the stable. My friend had just ridden and we were walking and talking while cooling out her 17 hand jumper. Just for fun, we put Sydney up on her horse. Well, we were deep in conversation when there was a tug on the lead rope, her horse had dropped to roll... with my 5 year old daughter on his back. He was already on his side with Sydney's leg under him. We screamed at him and he jumped to his feet, with poor Sydney hanging from the saddle. I snatched her up, of course. She was very surprised but unhurt. The great big oaf who had just tried to roll over her just stood there with this WTF look on his face. I think she was so little he forgot she was up there.
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Postby myhorsefaith on Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:45 pm

when i was a kid i rode at a place that was on almost 300 acres of land...and in the summers we would almost always do our lessons and schooling out there- always a mix of trail, xcountry and hunter pace type stuff. It was great fun...but...

There was a pretty wide creek that had a sturdy bridge that we'd take, or we'd just walk the horses through the water. I must say, about 75% of the time the horses would roll as soon as they got in the water.

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Riding Class on Friday brought back memories of that feeling of a horse collapsing underneath you... hhehehe
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