Week #2

This stunning 6 year old sorrel 14.1 hand mare was rescued from the feedlot in May 2006. She has been started under saddle and is available for adoption to the perfect home.

Week #2

Postby myhorsefaith on Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:32 pm

Sunday: I'm running out the door but wanted to post a few photos from today. We did more of the same work, and it was all good. i was able to pursuade an onlooker to take a few photos, woo hoo!

Trot is getting better.

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Even better...

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And canter! :o

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Postby Juliane on Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:38 pm

She looks GREAT, Ally! Thanks so much for working with her! You're turning her into a superstar! Now we just need to work on finding her a home!!! :) She looks like a perfect 4H horse!
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Postby Altanera on Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:16 pm

She does look great!
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Postby tontonsmom on Sun Aug 05, 2007 4:45 pm

wow, the progress in a short amount of time is really great to see! WTG ally!
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Postby myhorsefaith on Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:55 am

wow, thanks guys. She's certainly a little more than wiggly, LOL. Its taken some getting used to, but I think we're working it out.

She's going to be a great horse...already well on her way.

It's certainly been fun!
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Postby myhorsefaith on Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:16 pm

Monday: Class and I had a short ride tonight, mainly because she was just such a good girl- everything we worked on yesterday seemed to have paid off. What impressed me the most about today's ride was the softness I got- responsiveness to the leg and rein, i may even have gotten a little flexion here and there. 8)

Kept it short and sweet and tomorrow we'll get back to work! Class seems to really be enjoying herself- every night she comes right up to me, no matter how seemingly hard the day was before. I really like that about her!
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Postby Jen Smith on Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:08 am

Ally, I think you are doing such a great job with her. Really nice to watch the progress. Keep it up. :D
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Postby tmoore on Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:54 am

She looks so happy!! I bet she is really enjoying having something to do every day!! Great job, Ally!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:10 pm

You look like you are having a great time working with her.
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:06 pm

Tuesday: Ohhh the wind and the rain! Seriously, i thought this was summer?! :roll:

After lessons this afternoon, we went to go visit Class. I decided to try riding her in from the pasture. So I used the fence to mount and did just that. Decided to ride through the pasture. Class did fabulous! :D

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The clouds were rolling in and it started to rain a bit- so I decided against pulling out my tack and just played with teaching direct and indirect rein. Class did GREAT! :)

Hehe then we decided to dink around. I had set up a mini ground pole thing for my student and so Class and I decided to show everyone how to properly train fancy h/j ponies. :lol:

Step one: approach :lol:

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Step two: take off :wink:

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Step three: landing 8)

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Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:30 am

You sure you are safe on that wild pony? :D

I see another Connor in the making...
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Postby tontonsmom on Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:20 pm

she's soooo relaxed! looks like she could fall asleep with you up there!
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Postby Hope on Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:47 pm

Ally, you are doing awesome with her!! She looks so happy to have a job and purpose. Can I send you my boy? :wink:
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Postby myhorsefaith on Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:07 pm

awww thanks guys!!! Class is a real pleasure to work with. And she's really starting to get the hang of it, so I now have a sense that we're getting somewhere.

Hope- the barn's full :( but if you are serious we can stay in touch via PM. I'm thinking of doing this one horse at a time- havent made a real decision yet. So far its working out, but its also summertime. The winter may be a different story! :?
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Postby myhorsefaith on Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:33 pm

Wednesday: I feel absolutely terrrible. :(

An off nite for Class :( Literally. :(

I met her in the pasture, and to be honest, i wasn't paying much attention while leading her up to the barn. Then i saddled her up with my western saddle, and proceeded to work on some real quiet ground work- just basic stuff, no longeing or anything.

Well, then i got on her and started walking. She was doing pretty well, and i thought i felt an odd step here or there- but chalked it up to "green horse" balance issues. I asked her to trot and i definitely felt like the left front was off.

I thought maybe it was my saddle swap- i did switch saddles, trying my western saddle on her in preparation for our trailride on Saturday. So i thought maybe she felt like it was weird, or that it didnt fit right, though i checked it all over when i first tacked up and again before i got on and it looked just fine.

By then my friend came over and i asked her to video us so I could see what was going on.

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hard to see, i apologize, my friend didnt know to zoom- but i saw enough, especially at the end, to see she was off. I hopped off- no part of her leg, hoof, or anything felt hot or was swollen. took the saddle off- nothing was digging into her back. so i cold hosed her leg. turned her back out. when she came back up to the gate during turn-in, i saw she was in fact lame without a rider. Still no heat, no swelling. Just an ouchy step. Not 3 legged lame, lower grade than that- just ouchy on the left front.

So now i feel terrible. Hopefully she just did something silly and she'll be fine tomorrow. The girls do go running through their pasture- and i do know that there was a spreader machine thingie in their sacrifice lot today, spreading a new load of hogsfuel- maybe the girls got excited and took off or something at the sight/sound of that machine? I dont know. I need a pony-cam.

In any case, i'm keeping a super close eye on this. Hopefully it'll be resolved quickly.
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