"Pick me! Pick me!"

This beautiful 6 year old sorrel mare was rescued from the Yakima Feedlot on 12/13/05. She had a halter that was severely embedded into her jowls, poll and nose.

"Pick me! Pick me!"

Postby Juliane on Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:06 pm

As Rachel and I made our rounds yesterday, working with each of the horses on our 'list', we consistantly noticed Ms. Patience seeking our attention with her lovey dovey 'come hither' looks. I approached her paddock with the intentions of grabbing Sydney for a quick training session. I had no intentions of working with Patience. However, the look of hurt in her eyes when I went to walk past her for Sydney was unbearable. I simply couldn't say no.

So, I haltered up Ms. Patience and led her out to the barn aisle way. Rachel and I went to work brushing the mud and dirt off her, as well as detangling her mane and tail. Boy, was that a chore! That girl has hair galore! :P

Then, Rachel quickly saddled her up and put her splint boots on. Patience was very well behaved, though with it being her first time in the cross ties, she couldn't understand why she couldn't just walk forward. I had to keep reminding her that she was still tied up! As soon as she was saddled, I led her out to the round pen. (And yes, I was still wearing my pajama's - it was that kind of day! LOL)

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Once in the round pen, I tightened up her girth and asked her to move out. It was an incredibly windy night out, and prior to pulling Patience out, I had noticed her running and bucking in her paddock - well, she wasn't the only one, everyone was feeling the change in the weather and showing their spunkiness! However, since I knew she was on edge, I was expecting her to be creative as soon as I asked her to move out.

She didn't fail me! :P She got about 1 lap around before she decided to let out a few bucks then went on her way. What a goofball!

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Once I knew she was paying attention and ready to get to work, I asked her to come to a halt. Then, I hooked up my driving lines to her. We worked on this for quite a while, probably about 30 minutes. She started out rushing through the pressure, assuming I wanted her to keep 'free lunging'. It took quite a few times of me planting my feet and bracing against her until she stopped, then releasing the pressure. Before long, she was walking quietly, responding to the reins, turning this way and that, backing up, halting, etc. She became very soft and supple in a short amount of time. However, I feel there is a lot of work that we can do on this, which will help our saddle skills as well.

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I also didn't have any intentions of riding her either, though couldn't seem to help myself. She was responding so beautifully and seemed to be completely enjoying the attention she was receiving that I decided to see if I could push my luck and ride her. It was so windy, with little whirlwinds of leaves blowing by us, but she was incredibly quiet and relaxed.

Once mounted, we walked around, doing the same exercises I asked of her when I was ground driving her. She did really well and never stiffened, braced against the pressure, or tried to take off or buck. It was such a confidence booster for me, I think because it was a spontaneous session and not one in which I had pre-thought out, that I'm now sitting here thinking - maybe we've gotten over our hump?! She hasn't bucked me off, or even attempted to buck when I've been on her in quite a few months! Of course, she hasn't had consisitent training either, but still, that's a positive, right??? The more good, solid experiences she has under saddle the better!

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All in all, I was very pleased with our session and feel like we are ready to continue building our training experiences together!
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:21 am

Wow, that is sure some difference from the "wild, dangerous" mare that we thought we would have to euthanize at the feedlot. I love seeing her updates; she is so beautiful.
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Postby AgilityGal on Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:13 am

This horse is drop-dead gorgeous! If you can ride her in that kind of weather, in the dark, wind, etc., then I'll bet you are well on your way.
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Postby busted on Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:26 am

I was very very impressed with how calm Miss Patience was. Both Julie and I were expecting a rodeo, I had the camera ready to capture everything!!! :wink:

It was very obvious that Patience wanted attention. The whole time we were out there she looked at us like she was begging to get some attention. She got what she wanted of course.

I am still amazed at how far she has come. I remember seeing her for the first time when Julie brought her home from the feed lot. So scared and untrusting. Now she is a total cuddle bug and will burry her head in your chest every chance she gets. Always seeking loves and affection.

It really makes my heart melt to think that someone was so mean to her to allow her to go through so much pain. And then to see her forget all that and trust and love again. Its a total Opera story!!! :lol:

Juile was right when she said that its hard to squeeze in every horse daily. We were out there for 4 or 5 hours and only were able to to work 4 horses. But the ones we did work with came over huge speed bumps and are all ready for the next step.

I cant wait to go up there again and play with Patience somemore. She is one beautiful horse.
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Postby rodeo51 on Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:38 am

I also love these updates on Patience. She's getting better Juliane... :D I love the fact you get to ride in your pajamas... :lol:
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