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This exotic 9 year old Arabian mare is in training to prepare her for a home of her own. Previously rescued by Cowgirl Spirit in November 2005, she now requires more advanced skills to be placed in a new home.

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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:16 am

My plans were completely changed yesterday when I met Shakirah and realized just how scared she was and how much one on one time she would need. I immediately believed that the boarding spot I had reserved for her at Ally's barn would not be a good thing for Shakirah.

So, I quickly went through the mental list of horses and decided that Zoe would benefit the most from being at Arcinigea Stables until Shakirah was ready. Zoe and I need to work on our canter - both collecting and picking it up from a walk or halt, instead of trotting and falling into it. This will be a good opportunity for me to work with her more than just at drill! :)

I was worried that moving her to the new facility would hamper our bond, but Zoe seemed completely relaxed and settled in nicely. Of course, our drive over there was crazy - the minute I left my house, it started snowing... hard! By the time I got 10 minutes away, there was snow and slush on the freeway heading up Tiger Mountain. I was having visions of being stranded with my truck, trailer, horse & daughter on the side of the road. LOL

Luckily, it was short lived and I was able to get to Ally's barn safely. Once there, I let Zoe wander around the arena while Ally and I chatted. Cassidy then rode Zoe around bareback in a halter and leadrope. Zoe did good, though seemed a bit startled by I think the noise of Cassidy's coat, as every once in a while, she'd take off in a trot. Cassidy was always able to bring her back to a walk, which was good to see. Zoe was pretty level headed.

Once in her new stall, she acted like she was at home and went right to work on her hay and grain. I think she will be very happy there, even if temporary. I plan to go over there today and ride her some :)

Here's a few pics, even one of the stop and go traffic heading up Tiger Mountain since Ally didn't believe me when I said it was snowig :P

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Postby Sandilf on Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:59 pm

I love the picture of Zoe with her head on top of Cassidy's! That is so precious. Nice knit hat too! LOL
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Postby cat_67 on Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:40 pm

OK...Wow.

Zoe is a totally different horse. That is amazing.

Quite a testament to finding what hurts and fixing it, isn't it? If only all horse owners knew enough to look for pain instead of assuming the horse is just bad.
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:17 pm

Yep, Zoe has sure come around alot! I am so incedibly proud of her! She has one final chiropractic appointment on the 25th to verify that her back is still doing good since going back to work under saddle. I don't think Dr. Hannah will find anything wrong with her, but of course, I'm a tad nervous :)

I went and visited Zoe today at her new boarding facility. She seems to have settled in well. She is turned out during the day with a younger yearling (I think) gelding. I think it is a very good match for her. None of the boss mare drama and looking up to others. For the first time, she has a horse looking up to her for social dynamics. Interesting!

I pulled her out and saddled her up. We worked a bit in the indoor arena, mostly on mounting. I tried to work on her collection at the trot, but she was evasive and stiff. I was pretty stiff myself as it was FREEZING in there, so we went back to the walk. When I felt like she was soft and supple at the walk again, we started working on hindquarter and fore turns, as well as side passing. We also did a bit of neck reining exercises before I gave in and called it a night.

It was just way too cold to be riding! It was great hanging out with Ally though! It sure makes a difference in your motivation and concentration level when you have someone to share your passion with! Even if we aren't talking or itnteracting, it still feels like we are working our horses together :) So cool!

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