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astoriaw25
Feb 02, 2022
Sorry, I’m late on turning this in. I've been very busy. This month with Mazie’s training we’ve been working on more desensitizing, staying at a walk and not randomly trotting off, and side passing on the ground. I’ve added a few more games to our groundwork to refine movements. Her backing has gotten so good, you barely have to touch the rope when asking her to back. I want to mention she didn’t understand moving off of pressure and I would tap her on her shoulder while having pressure on her nose to teach her to move her shoulders and she would just take off and run through. When writing she still will sometimes want to act up and when I add pressure with my legs she just starts backing up and kicking out and biting. Also when you're here I would like your opinion on the saddle fit to make sure that isn’t a factor. She’s a very confident horse under saddle and I think if I got her softer there would be a great little girl, I would love her to go to my 4-H club. She's a really sweet horse but she can just be pushy sometimes. I tried my last things for hair growth on her face for her burn and it still didn’t work. MTG always makes it look nicer and healthier because it makes the skin look soft and look kind of shiny. If you don’t put anything on it, it turns super dry and the skin wants to flake so I try and keep the product on it whether it’s MTG or this newer product I’ve been trying. If you guys have any suggestions I would love to try them out. I’ve also been trying to grow out her tail. I'm really surprised how long her Maine is versus how short her tail is but I think the progress has been going along well. As I said in the video she does well with my dog so she and other animals in general like our turkey and chicken she doesn't have any problems with them. This February I’m doing an educational thing with the local elementaries about horses for 4-H and we’re supposed to bring a horse as an example. My county extension agent and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share Mazie and her story. Also to talk about the homes for horses for each program. https://youtu.be/0Tlg-JPP1Q8
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astoriaw25
Dec 20, 2021
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astoriaw25
Nov 29, 2021
Sadly, this month I am not going to work with Mazie as much as I wanted to. I’ve been working with her a few times a week and riding about twice a week. She’s been doing great, she had a biting problem where when you would squeeze her to move out she wouldn’t move and would turn around to try to bite you. She doesn’t do it as much anymore; she only does it when you first get on her a few times and then stops after you make her walk forward. On our last ride, she wanted to trot around but I rode her in a new area so that could be part of it. I just hope these behaviors are not a sign of pain. When lunging she loves to pick up her lope. She did great for the Ferrier, and the chiropractor. She’s had great results with the chiropractor. Her back looks so much better and we’ve gotten her to gain weight in her hind and in on her back. Her backing has gotten very good, and she is disengaging her hind. We’re still having trouble understanding how to disengage our hind in the saddle but she’s good pivoting in the saddle. I did find something that Maize is scared of and that’s kids jumping on a trampoline. Somehow, Mazie always jailbreaking out of her pasture but our whole property is fenced in so she just likes running the fences of the other horses. We haven’t found a horse that she gets along with very well, my mom‘s horse Ally is at the top of the list. She is still as sweet as can be and loves running around her pasture. Mazie with the farrier Mazie squealing at my other horse
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astoriaw25
Oct 17, 2021
Mazie has been doing great. We have been taking it slow while she builds some muscle. We had the chiropractor out to look at her back. Her pelvis was rotated and was causing difficulty performing maneuvers such as backing and turning on her hind end. We discussed with the vet about saddle fit to keep her as comfortable as possible. She has soreness in her back a majority of it is at the bottom of the slope. When looking at the X-rays she the vertebra are irritated or in the process of growing/changing. This first month has mostly been groundwork and a lot of desensitizing. Groundwork-wise we've been working on backing, disengaging the hind, moving the shoulders, lunging at all gates, trotting with you, and flexing. She is one of the most confident horses I've worked with she doesn't seem to be fazed by anything. We've worked with tarps, flags, bridges, etc. The rides we've had have been few and uneventful in the best way possible. We took her to a local indoor arena and she did amazing. She stayed calm and was paying attention to me in the new environment. I have a goal of taking her to one of my 4H events on the 23rd. It's a short trail ride with an obstacle course, which I think she will do very well at. Mazie's training and weight gain are progressing nicely, but our horses are not getting along the best her. Her closest friend at the moment is my mom's horse Ally who loves her, but she couldn't care less about her. When Mazie's around their tends to be a lot of squealing. https://youtu.be/6L3tM6TXK94
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