A job for Patience!

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.

A job for Patience!

Postby Juliane on Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:04 am

Last night was Pateince's first night in her very own stall. Last night she was a bit nervous and curious. Instead of digging into her hay and warm grain mash, she was busy checking out her surroundings, listening to the other horses and generally seemed a little put off. However, after spending the day in her stall, she pretty quickly settled in and was quite comfortable!

I went out tonight with the intentions of grooming Patience down. She had caked mud up and down her legs and on her stomach. Blech! It was the hard, sticky stuff that was impossible to brush off. After a few flinches from her as I tried scraping it off, I realized that wasn't going to work.

So, I grabbed the shampoo and a brush and took her outside. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE having hot water in the barn? It's one of those things that you wonder how you ever lived without it before! LOL :) Anyways, I shampooed Patience's legs and stomach as well as her tail. Her tail has gotten SO long since I've had her! When I rescued her, it was just at her hocks. Now it's almost to the ground! Woohoo! :)

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When I was finished grooming her, I was feeling on a roll. I needed to check in on the arena to see if it was still under water from a few days ago. So, I decided to saddle Patience up and take her down to lunge her. She was obviously feeling full of herself. She couldn't stand still for the life of her! :P

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In the arena, Patience was alert and wide eyed, as well as ready to take off running! However, we both quickly realized that the footing was pretty slick and that she had to take it somewhat easy. Patience is much like a kid with ADD - but with an attitude to boot! LOL Any time she got bored, she'd decide to take off, taking me 'mud-skiing' behind her. BRAT! It got to the point to where I was gauging her body language and pulling her in before she got to that point. LOL

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After lunging her for about 20 minutes, I decided to get on. I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do - as I was out there alone, and in an arena that wasn't enclosed. At the same time, I thought if I could at least get on and ride around the arena even once, then get off, it would be a success! :)

She was perfect as I got on, though very eager to go once I was in the saddle. I wasn't nearly as ready to let her move out, especially as she really wanted to go out of the arena. LOL She is ready for more challenging rides, and gets frustrated at doing the same mundane thing over and over again. We rode for about 10 minutes, and towards the end, she was starting to swish her tail and paw at the ground in frustration. We ended on a good note (no tail swishing or pawing), but I can see it's time to push her.

The good news is that I'm not afraid of her anymore. And I don't think she's afraid of me anymore - which is what caused her to buck before. Now, she's just got an attitude and can't pay attention worth crud! LOL I felt like I was riding a 2 year old horse, not a 6 year old! I think she's ready to explore the trails though! :)
Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby myhorsefaith on Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:26 am

Rock on Patience & Julie!

she looks great! I'm glad things are going well- can't wait for more!

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Postby seahorse on Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:12 am

I am soooo excited that you are riding her again! She really is a lovely mare and I think you are right she has been jealous watching you work the other horses!
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Postby Hope on Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:39 am

Wow, your girl has grown up!!! She looks amazing with tack on!
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Postby AgilityGal on Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:19 am

Hey, I'm with her. Can't stand doing the routine stuff over and over and over! Give me a trail. Just gotta see what's over the next rise. Sometimes you just got to get out and go places. I can't wait to see what job/activity will make her heart sing.
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