Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful suggestions and tips on desensitizing our Curly horses. I have learn so much and appreicate the opportunity to participate with everyone in the RAC mini-contest.
I would like to share a few photos of our new BLM Adopted Curly Mustang mares, Copper D's Golden Red and her Nevada Blossom.
The girls have been with us a little less than a month. They arrived April 17, 2009. We do not have a material structure or obstacle course in this situation but we are teaching our Curly fillies to be calmer and braver about themselves and people by just spending time with them.
For me it's the easiest thing to do. I love just sitting with them while they eat. Talking softly to them for a few minutes while I take a break from building round pens and mowing (in between Spring showers) and savoring the last minutes of daylight while sitting in their corral watching the beautiful Texas sunset.
The obstacle in our new relationship is trust. And....it's a slow process especially with all that has happened in their lives the last few months - but the reward is so great.
Best wishes to all and may the trail you ride give you lasting pleasure.
Angie and the girls
Monday, April 27, 2009
We skirted around a few large puddles- Koko hates to get his feet wet when there is any way to avoid it. Because of the heavy rainfall, some of the trails were closed, but the park had opened up some of the snowmobiling trails, which we understood was very rare. Koko did end up having to get his feet wet after all, and I experienced my first creek crossing on a trail (probably his first too) Several of the others went in front, and after a few seconds of snorting and tap-dancing on the edge of the water he made a gigantic leap, landing squarely in the middle of the belly-deep (on him) creek. It was a blast!! We had a lot of fun crossing that creek. On the way back, I made him go across first, and he did very well. :-)
We went over lots of very hilly trail, because we were on the snowmobiling trails most of the time. It was very good conditioning for the horses. Koko was so good the whole time, I was very proud of him- no spooking at anything, though he saw some very different things from what he's used to being ridden at home, or in an arena! He gaited very well too. There was a large bridge to cross, with wooden planks that made a very odd echoing sound- the other horses refused to step onto it, so Koko went in the lead, no problems or hesitation. Apparently an echoing board across a steep drop-off is much safer than a two inch deep puddle!
I think he might just have the makings of an endurance/CTR horse. I didn't have anything to check his heartrate, but he cooled off right away, and when the other horses slowed down a little about halfway back he was still doing his long-strided power walk (and getting impatient when I kept making him stop to wait up on the others! They are not slow by any means in their walking, one is a big-strided TWH and the other is also fairly fast, but they were getting tired and ready to be done... not so Koko!) He just loved the whole experience. Nothing seemed to bother him, other than going through water when he didn't HAVE to, or stopping for the others. He didn't mind stopping in general when everyone was there- we got off once for a few minutes to let them rest their backs, and made a few other pauses- but he didn't see any reason to wait for the others. "They're coming! It's ok!" was what seemed to be his thoughts as he tossed his head and chewed on his bit.
All in all, it was really fun! We're defenitely planning on going back.
What a great week-end!! Molly and Tucker competed in our barn's horse show on Sunday-in 90+ degree heat!! My back was out so I missed competing in the bareback jumping-what a bummer, I had such a great week riding everyday but Thursday and then Wham!!! Backs are so funny-I can make just the slightest wrong move and it will go out on me-oh well!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We didn't actual do battle- but performed the Quintain- which is knocking "shields" with a blunt lance, a simulation of striking the enemy. The shields, when struck, swing- which took some thought to get it to work.
The rings- where the rider collects the rings by spearing them with the lance.
Here's the horses in their dress- and a closer look at Keri because she's so beautiful :) These are curtains from the Dollar Store ! we just sewed them up a bit and voila -- instant equine regalia.
Isn't my "War Horse" lovely ?
Zoe handled the camera for the entire time- and got this video, which is poor quality but she was on board Teasel who was a bit antsy to get at the games. It was pretty hot today, but Keri loved the games once she got the idea... for some she trotted but mostly she cantered. Teasel did well too- but did not have the same enthusiasm for it as Keri did.
Later in the week, we will try what's called 'Pig Sticking'. We didn't have time today.
I have been riding OYY Sweet Bee in the evenings, getting her in a little better shape. Tonight she gave a me a trot for almost the whole time out and we even had a little jump over a log on the trail-- fun ! :) I had to use the Barefoot Cheyenne with her though as the London for some reason feels a tad downhill. Zoe is riding Winter Dancer from her house in the evenings-- having loads of fun too.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
But, remember- by now Zoe's son has discovered the umbrella and is having fun waving it around and using the "swoosh" feature.
The tire is also too easy, as it is a permanent fixture in all the horses' training from the start. To make it more difficult- we'll practice backing them through it.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
First, we smell the tape. Actually, we smelled the yellow caution tape for a quite a while.
Then, we wore the yellow caution tape on our withers and everyone decided the yellow color was a perfect match for Cinnamon River's flaxen mane.
Yes, he is a handsome and secure boy with his new bow tie!
We've been busy with our new girls coming home from Palomino Valley, Nevada but we decided we would still try small steps of desensitizing our Curlys. So we introduced Cinnamon River to a ringing cell phone while sitting in the saddle. He was a very good boy and seemed to enjoy the conversation!
Friday, April 17, 2009
A ball: She didn't care about it touching her, she didn't care about it being thrown over and under her. She didn't care when we accidentally hit her with it. But it took some time before she got used to it being flung high above her when right next to her head. She didn't care when I wedged the ball between her front & then hind legs. :o)
Then: A big, fluffy dog came over to say hi.
Next up: Pinwheel. She got used it very quickly and didn't care about having it attached to her halter, even though it was very windy that day.
Leggings She walked around with leggings on and didn't even lift her legs high! It was weird.
Riding! I rode her! Okay, my husband had the lead line, but it still counts for me. :o) I was on bareback.
Then yesterday, I did a streamer, waving it all around and finally draping it over her pole....She tried to eat it. I practiced with a stupid fake nerf air gun thing, since the sound wasn't especially pleasant for her, but she got used to it. A pogo stick! I bounced all around her on it! (That was absolutely exhausting for me.) And then I RODE HER!!!! I put on her saddle even. I rode for an hour. After about a half hour, she started to really listen! I was able to walk her all around the property. It was truly amazing and I hope to work with her again soon.
P.S. The vet comes out in a couple of days, but it looks like Dolly and Athena might both have very mild cases of Strangles right now! Athena's lymph nodes are majorly swollen, and Dolly had a scab under her jaw area, but no other symptoms so far.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Traveling up the hill to get to the trail, right off the bat, another April obstacle opportunity - a motorcycle with the same idea as we have- to get out and enjoy the spring weather.
The trails starts in a field that is
Some areas are still snowy. This was an easy trail, and peacefully quiet...no real challenges other than a few steep spots.
A couple of wet spots for Keri to paw and splash through.
I have been busy assembling our obstacles.. Yesterday I began construction on my see-saw. This morning, OYY Salvadore kindly tested it out for me in the back of the barn where I am busy building. He just came in from being schooled so Zoe took him over it even though it was not quite finsished. He actually stepped up onto it from the high side but I did not get that on film. I thought this was going to be more of a challenge- I may have to use a larger pole and get the see-saw a tad higher off the ground.
Here's the very short video
I also made a tarp alleyway - OYY My Keri Luna (daughter of Keri and Chip) tested that for me this afternoon.
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