Getting help with Shadow's progress

This 8 year old, 15.3hh registered Appaloosa gelding is in rehabilitation as he gains weight lost due to EPSM. He will be started under saddle and available for adoption.

Getting help with Shadow's progress

Postby Juliane on Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:19 pm

I took Shadow up to Dave's house on Sunday. Dave is Jon Ensign's assistant and lives about 15 miles from me. He and his wife have been good friends with Jon for many years and having spent so much time with him when he is in town doing clinics, they have also become a great resource for people like me! :P

I asked Dave if he would be willing to help me get a few more rides on Shadow, until Shadow was beyond his initial explosive bucking period. Dave has been very generous to offer his help, and gave me many groundwork exercises to do with Shadow last week - which I made my top priority.

On Sunday, Dave spent about 2 hours working with Shadow, revisiting alot of the groundwork exercises I've done, and then ultimately, mounting and riding. However, Shadow didn't want to move 'forward' and instead spent about 10 minutes doing circles. Dave was ok with this, knowing that Shadow was giving to the pressure of the lead rope.

At the end of the session, we talked about how to move forward with Shadow. He has offered to keep Shadow at his place for a week or so, to work and ride him daily, and see if he can get Shadow to a better place mentally. I am completely excited! I wish I had the bravery to get on and ride him, but unlike Dave, I have these preconceived notions of Shadow's explosive bucking, having now seen two people be bucked off! Shadow's bucks are nothing to smirk at!

So, tomorrow I am taking Shadow up to Dave's house to stay there for a week. At the end of a week, we will revisit the situation and figure out what is in Shadow's best interest. I will go up as much as I can during this next week to watch Dave work with Shadow, and learn what I can from him. I am completely stoked!

Here's a few pics of Shadow from Sunday, as well as an 8 minute video clip. ... -16-07.wmv




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