Rory's saddle training progress

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.

Rory's saddle training progress

Postby Juliane on Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:17 pm

Rory is doing exceptionally well under saddle. He may be the easiest horse I have ever worked with! He is very trusting and extremely willing to do anything I ask. I've ridden him only a few times so far, though am encouraged by his desire to please.

Some friends and I are going camping on the beach the first weekend in August. At that time, I will be bringing Rory - I fully believe he'll be ready :)

The last time I rode him, on Sunday afternoon, I was able to saddle him up and hop right on. I didn't need to do our usual schooling in the round pen first. I was also able to realize that he is good with other horses when I am on his back. He doesn't act studdy at all! I was very pleased to see this :)

Here's a few pics from Sunday, as well as a video clip:

http://www.serenitytraining.com/blogima ... -16-06.wmv

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Re: Rory's saddle training progress

Postby RockinCircleC on Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:43 pm

Juliane wrote:Some friends and I are going camping on the beach the first weekend in August. At that time, I will be bringing Rory - I fully believe he'll be ready :)


Can't wait to see you and him in action! We're going to have SOME FUN!
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Postby Juliane on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:41 pm

I can't wait either!!! Do you think you can have the rhythm beads with Serenity Training's colors done by then? I'd love to have Rory wear them!!! Feel free to design them however you like - I like everything you'be made! :)
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Postby RockinCircleC on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:50 pm

Juliane wrote:I can't wait either!!! Do you think you can have the rhythm beads with Serenity Training's colors done by then? I'd love to have Rory wear them!!! Feel free to design them however you like - I like everything you'be made! :)


If I don't have your beads made, I will probably be able to make them on site as I will have all my beading "stuff" with me. Remind me what colors you want to use again. I can't seem to find the mail or post about what you wanted. Or just check out the new Order Form on my new web site.
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Postby Juliane on Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:02 pm

Rory is progressing fantastically in his saddle training. Tonight, I used a different saddle on him (my Bob Marshall treeless), and rode him around the round pen. He's still a bit hesitant, but with another person or horse next to him, he does excellent. I haven't really pushed him hard yet as I am still trying to boost his confidence.

However, this evening, I rode him down the street to his barn. It was the first time we've done any riding outside of the round pen. He did excellent and is incredibly level headed!

Tomorrow, I am taking him to Fall City arena in order to get more exposure to different locations and environments. Also - there is a prospective adopter who would like to meet him! Woohoo! Keep your fingers crossed for Rory that he meets his match!

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Postby Juliane on Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:32 pm

Rory and I didn't make it to Fall City tonight - it was simply too hot out. But we will be going tomorrow. I did pull him out once it was cooler, around 8pm tonight. I saddled him up and proceeded to work with him in the round pen. We rode around, walking in both directions. He's still not terribly sure about the moving forward part - I think it scares him :P I pushed him harder than I have before and tried to get him to trot. He trotted 5-6 times, a few strides each time, one time going all the way around the round pen.

He did, however, get pretty irritated with my leg pressure. He was ignoring the calf pressure when I asked him to move forward, so I used my heels when he didn't respond to the calf pressure. He would reach around with his mouth, not trying to bite, but more like he would if there were a fly bugging him. LOL At first, I reprimanded him for it, but that wasn't helping. So then I made sure I continued digging into his sides until he took a step. Then I'd immediately release all pressure. Towards the end of our session, he was starting to get it, but is still seriously unhappy with leg/heel pressure in his sides.

The good thing about Rory is that he's a thinker and remembers things really well. I know that tomorrow he will be 10 times better than he was tonight! :)

I did end up riding him back down to his barn, by myself this time. He was perfect. I was even able to open the round pen gate while mounted, walk through, close and latch the gate, all while mounted. This boy is not spooky in any way. His only nervousness or fears have to do with humans, but he's made incredible leaps and bounds in the 2+ months he's been with me :)

I look forward to having a large arena to ride him in tomorrow! We will also be visiting the river behind the arena! See if he likes water!
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Postby Nickie on Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:22 pm

Does he respond to your voice cues for walk, trot and canter when you lunge and groud drive him? If so, are you using the vocal cue for walk when you apply your leg? That would proabably help him out with associating that your leg means move out. He sounds like he is not too sure what you are asking him.

He sounds like he is such a good boy! Opening gates already? Woohoo! :D
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Postby Juliane on Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:27 pm

I thought about that tonight as I walked home from his barn. I have not used many voice commands with him when lunging, so I can see how he's confused when I am clucking and asking him to move forward, when he's already moving forward.

Tomorrow I will work on lunging and implementing voice commands. Once I feel like we have that down, I'll try it again in the saddle. For now, to keep him from getting frustrated, we'll just walk and learn the basics that we can that way :)

I absolutely love his demeanor! He's amazing! Whoever adopts him will be very lucky!
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