Officially started under saddle!

This gorgeous black stud was part of the bucking stock string that was at the Yakima Feedlot in December. Will enter training the beginning of May 2006.

Officially started under saddle!

Postby Juliane on Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:21 am

Last night, I pulled Rory out to work with him. My intentions were just a "quickie" session, a pared down version of what I did with Sydney the other day. However, when I pulled him out, he was a ball of fire. He'd been in the small paddock since we moved in (about 10 days) and was eager to get out and interact with the other horses. As soon as we got to the round pen and Rory saw Ace, he curled up into his majestic stallion pose. (Didn't anyone tell him he's not a stud anymore??)

And to make matters worse (or better?), as soon as the girls saw that Rory was out, they came racing over to the round pen. So, here I was, with Rory in the round pen, with Ace looking bewildered, and 5 mares that had come bounding over. Rory was sure he was there for their entertainment and proceeded to prance and strut his stuff. He sure is breathtaking when he's like this!

However, we were here to work, so that's what we did :) It took about 10 minutes before Rory was focusing on me and not the girls watching outside or Ace standing on the sidelines. With Rory, I had also only free-lunged him, except for once or twice, I used the lunge line. So, it is still very new to him. Last night, I worked on lunging him in both directions on the lunge rope. He was really good going clockwise, but had a more difficult time going counter clockwise. Once he got it, it was easy from there :) Within about 10 minutes, he was paying attention to me, had forgotten about his audience and was loosening up and relaxing.

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As soon as I felt he was ready, I stopped Rory and saddled him up. This was the first time he'd been saddled since he was initially saddled over a month ago (Has it really been that long?!). I also used a different saddle with him - previously, I had used the Bob Marshall saddle, which is light and flexible. Last night, I used my Circle Y barrel saddle which is heavier and not flexible at all. I slowly tightened his girth, at first simply letting him get used to having something around his girth area. We walked around a bit, taking a few steps, then stopping to tighten the girth more. Within a few moments, he was tightened fully.

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We went back to lunging. He was VERY good. He did not buck at all or act scared of the saddle. Well, I take that back - he did a few crow-hops when the 5 mares got bored and tore out of there to the other end of the pasture. This made Rory upset and he raced around the round pen, anxious to follow them. But he never bucked like the first time and wasn't scared in the slightest. I was very proud of him!

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We continued to lunge in both directions for a while, then I decided to try the driving reins with him, like I did with Sydney. Rory's first response to having the rope touching his hind legs was one of pure annoyance, but he quickly settled. I was able to ask him to give to the pressure of the "reins" in both directions, while asking him to quietly accept the touch of the reins from one hindquarter to the other.

I was using a leather halter on him, which looking back - may not have been the best in this situation. He really would have done better in a rope halter. He listened well, but didn't give to the pressure of "whoa" as well as I'd like. I had to pull alot harder to get him to stop. Once he stopped, I immediately released the pressure. It didn't take long for him to understand what I was asking, but he wasn't nearly as responsive as Sydney was the other day.

We continued to work on ground driving, and were soon walking/trotting/whoa'ing in both directions. I had him doing serpentines, sharp turns and backing up. He wasn't fond of backing up, but each time tried his hardest to do as I asked :)

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Before we ended our session, I wanted to see how he'd do with pressure on the saddle. I stood by his side and pulled on the saddle. He stood politely, though braced to the pressure. I tried bouncing up and down to see if this would affect him (this part bothered Sydney immensely). Rory had no issues with this and just kind of watched me interestedly. I put a foot in the stirrup and bounced up. He was startled, but didn't move. I laid over his back and scratched his other side. He was perfect!

I continued to do this on both sides. The only time he moved away from me was when I mounted up and didn't quite have my balance right over his back and was putting alot of pressure on his side. My fault! But even then, he moved sideways, never tried to lurch away out of fear or hump his back in preparation to buck.

Ultimately, I swung my leg over the saddle and sat on him. We just sat there, as I pet him and reassured him. He was such a good boy. Since I was alone (and had no one to take pictures), I didn't want to risk asking him to walk out. If anything were to happen, I'd prefer to have someone with me :)

However, he was SO good, with hardly any fear, that I honestly feel we will be working under saddle very soon. He is going to come a long ways very shortly! I plan to work with him as much as possible!
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Postby rodeo51 on Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:36 am

Such a great guy.....guess he forgot he was a bucking stock horse. :D
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Postby myhorsefaith on Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:48 am

he's a good lookin' dude!

nice work, Juliane!

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Postby scaughtk8 on Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:39 am

Is he still for sale? I just noticed that it says he is on his first thread. I love this guy! He is so freakin' cute :D
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Postby Juliane on Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:45 am

He sure is! His owner, Nickie, is trying to place him :) She's on this board if you'd like to PM her :)

Oh, and he's even cuter in person :P
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Postby cybercat on Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:44 pm

Rory is looking fabulous! Is Nicki SURE that she'll let him go? :lol:
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:07 pm

WOW he is looking good. I am sure Nickie will have no trouble placing him.
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:36 am

Okay, this may not be a popular view, but... Rory looks like he could actually fetch a nice price now or with some more training. I still say he looks very much like a Canadian to me. That money could be used to pay for his training and perhaps rescue some other horses. I wouldn't see anything wrong with that.
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Postby Juliane on Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:19 pm

Hi Pam,

I totally agree with you about Rory's assessment. Nickie has put forth a ton of money towards Emma and Rory both. Both their boarding and training costs are quite a bit, let alone the cost of vet care. I think she will be lucky to place Emma in a forever home for next to nothing, let alone make any money off her.

It'd be nice if she could ask a higher price for Rory (as he's certainly worth quite a bit, in my opinion), so that she could reocup her costs. We all know that she pours alot of money into these rescue horses, so I'm sure everyone would know where any extra money is going :)

Any thoughts on what he's worth or what a reasonable asking price is for him?
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:33 am

If he were pretty well trained English, did some jumping and was safe for at least an advanced beginner child he'd be worth about $3500 to $4000. If he could go large pony hunter, he'd be worth more.

Can you set up a couple of cross rails or something and free jump him to see if he likes it or has any talent for jumping. He could also go dressage if he didn't like jumping. He's built so he could collect beautifully. Extensions would be where he might have to work a bit harder, but not necessarily. Do you know anybody who rides English that could help? If we could just get him shipped East he would probably sell easier and for a higher price. He needs to stay under 14.2.

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Postby maefly on Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:45 pm

I do know that Rory can jump. When we were trying to load him to take him to Cathy's place he jumped over a lunge line we had tied up to block an alley way at my friend's place (he wanted back in his outside run and NOT in the barn. I'd guess that the line was tied up at about 2'6". He soared over it with no hesitation and very nice form. I think he has a lot of potential as a pony hunter, but I'm not sure exactly how tall he is. I do know that he is under 14.2 though. My morgan mare is 14.2 and she's much taller than he is. I'd guess he's 14h tops, but probably smaller.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:18 pm

Hmm.... I'll go buy a tape and measure him tomorrow. It'd be good to have all their measurements anyways.

I will see what I can do about cross rails. I have some blocks that would work nicely and could easily stop and buy some landscaping poles. I could use those for trail obstacles as well as basic desensitizing.

Perhaps tomorrow :)
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Fancy hunter

Postby seahorse on Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:33 pm

Rory would make an excellent fancy pony hunter and there is a big market for that here as well. The only problem is that his leg would have to be fixed before asking that high of a price for him. He would be absolutely stunning in a dressage saddle as well! I think his brand will actually be a selling point to the right buyer. Everybody likes a hard luck story :wink: You can set up jumps on the perimeter of your round pen and free lunge him over them - I would bet he will have quite the neat form over them. Let me know if you want help and when you get ready to sell him I still have a few contacts in the hunter/jumper world :D
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:05 pm

I took some video footage of Rory going over some trot poles tonight. Maefly was right - he SAILS over the jumps with ease :) I will post the video tomorrow once I get it compiled. For some reason I'm exhausted tonight and simply can't stay up any longer.
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