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Jan 30, 2023
This month has been a long one for my family with the stock show season starting. I haven’t worked with Sadie as much as I would have liked to. I did rethink my training plan with Sadie. I've realized that she needs a lot more groundwork and work with the basics such as lunging, showmanship maneuvers, handling her feet, and desensitizing to random objects. I have been in the round pen lunging her off the line and getting respect when I ask her to stop. She is a quick learner and now stops very well. After I got her to stop both ways I put her on a lunge line and lunged her in the arena so I could see how she would do without a fence around her and she did great! She would stop and turn when asked. She will perform the gait I ask her to without kicking out. Before, when I would ask her to canter, she would kick out with her back legs each time and toss her head. Now she will just transition to a canter when asked and she will maintain her gaits until I ask her to stop. I started to work on showmanship maneuvers With Sadie. Some of those maneuvers are setting her feet up square, walking, and trotting next to me. I have worked on pivoting and I notice that she is stiff in her shoulders and it can be hard for her to bend her neck. She has gotten much better at pivoting left and right. Another thing we've been working on is backing. At first it was hard for her but now she is backing with light pressure. Desensitization is a big thing I've been working on this month. In our world there are lots of things a horse can be scared of and desensitizing your horse can help them to learn not to be scared of them and make them safer for you and themselves. Some of the things I have desensitized Sadie to are a livestock blower, a plastic bag, and a blanket. She was a champ and handled it all so well. One thing I hope to do with Sadie is to get her off of our property. We had planned to take her to our trainer’s but with us living in Texas the weather changes every 15 minutes and the weather was bad the day we planned to take her. I hope to take her to my trainer’s house next month. https://youtu.be/K7n7juUOFAE
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During the past month with Sadie, I have been working with her on showmanship and basic groundwork. Some of the things we have been doing are pivoting, backing, setting up, and walking and trotting along with me. We have also been working on desensitizing her to different objects. So far we have used clippers, a leaf blower, a box full of tissue paper over her head, and blankets. She hasn’t been bothered by any of this and isn’t very spooky at all. Sadie also got a nice, long, warm bath. I saddled her for the first time this month. The first time we saddled her she didn't do anything. I think she has been saddled before because she was so calm and did not care. I have put weight in the stirrups and she did not care. I have lunged her with her saddle on but I have not gotten on her yet. One of my friends who is on the Texas Tech ranch horse team and trains horses came over and helped me work with Sadie. We decided that she would ride Sadie for the first time just in case she flipped out. She didn’t flip out, she was fine with someone riding her. She walked around a little bit and then would just stop and not go no matter what you did. She would try to kick and buck but never really did, she would just stop. The only way we could get her to go was if I walked out there and led her by the bridle. The first time we bridled Sadie we used a smooth snaffle bit. She didn’t seem to like it much and kept getting her tongue on top of the bit. We used a mechanical hackamore the next time and it was better, but still not the right thing for her I think. I would like to try a side pull bridle next time, or the snaffle bit with a cavesson. We finally got the chance to trailer Sadie and she was amazing. She was nervous around the trailer at first and I walked her around it several times. She calmed down and then she loaded right up with no problem. Backing out for the first time took a little longer. I would just back her a few steps and let her relax, then back a few steps more. I loaded her again and backed her out and the second time she did it with ease. https://youtu.be/wdJ7RT2UNq4
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Nov 28, 2022
Hauling Sadie home went fine. She reared up when we tried to load her in the trailer, I moved her hind end around and then she loaded up. She unloaded well, too. We have yet to put her back in the trailer but will do that soon. We tried to lunge her in the round pen without a lunge line and she did not listen to me. She wouldn’t stop, or turn, or go after she did stop. I then put a lunge line on her and she listened a lot better. At first, she would not stop when I asked her to, but she is getting much better at that. She also wouldn’t lope when asked but is getting better at that, too. We figured out that she is out of shape so it was hard for her to lope, but I think she was being stubborn, too. We have worked on leading, hip yielding, and picking up her feet. Our farrier took her shoes off because she is not ready to have that much work on her. She didn’t want to stand still for the farrier and reared up, so he tied a piece of twine around her upper gums and poll and she was great after that. I have started to tie her up and she is doing good with it but gets nervous when I leave her sight. I switched her feed to a local feed that is similar. She is getting mare magic and farriers formula. She gets Bermuda hay and is let out on pasture. Sadie doesn’t seem to be a very spooky horse, and we have some exciting stuff at our house. Some of the things are cows, sheep, dogs, crazy loud boys, and big thunderstorms. She is in a stall by herself and is let out by herself but she has shared the fence line with my other horses. She is so sweet and loves to roll. She is definitely messy, not in her stall, but it seems like she tries to find any possible way to get dirty when she is let out. Some of the goals I have for Sadie are to get a saddle on her and to basically bomb-proof her. I think my goal for her is to be a trail horse.
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