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Charlee Proctor
Jan 02, 2022
Charlee and Yukon December Entry Hey everyone! This past month with Yukon I’ve really been able to work with him very consistently. The main thing I’ve been able to see is his overall personality, and where I plan for him to go in the future. This month we’ve stepped up in difficulty. I have felt that Yukon had gotten to a point where we had great walk/ trot fundamentals. He backed and stopped with soft, subtle cues, collected, and was bending both directions. He also was understanding pressure, and the release that went with it. At this point, we started working on leads, obstacles, and lateral work. My favorite thing about Yukon is his disposition and personality. He’s extremely smart, and picks up on things very quickly. Even without his right eye, he isn’t spooky or hesitant around a lot of commotion or “scary” objects. Due to his confirmation, and vision, I don’t see him becoming an extremely high level performance horse, but with continued work and seasoning, I think he could make a great all- around step up horse for a youth. My plan is to still auction him off with the program at the end of the year, and everything I plan on doing with him will try and lead him to be successful in that environment. This month I’m thankful we didn’t really have any setbacks in our work, and everything was just a pretty steady progress forward. I plan on incorporating more lope/ canter work into our rides, as well as more athletic maneuvers. In the past few months I’ve been bringing him with me when I take other horses somewhere, and just riding him around in a different area. I’m planning on taking him to a few ranch sorting practices to get him used to cows, and just change up our rides. We were having some minor issues with food aggression, but it has majorly improved. While in his stall eating, he will occasionally kick out if he hears horses on his blind side. We think this is most likely due to his past, but we definitely don’t want it to continue and accidentally hurt a person, horse, or any stalling/ fence. https://youtu.be/HLAujsCAvUc
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Dec 01, 2021
Charlee and Yukon November Entry Throughout this month, my main focus with Yukon has been teaching the basics of collection and proper movement, mainly focusing at the trot. I really want this to have a good foundation before focusing too heavily on speeding up, and have him strung out and unbalanced. At the beginning of the month. getting him to lower his head and round out his back was definitely an active fight. He seemed to just be confused, as he hadn't ever been asked to collect. However, he really picked up and understood what I was asking very quickly. I've been able to keep soft cues, while keeping his framed up in travel. With hopes of Yukon going to a new home at the completion of the program, I really want him to be extremely desensitized and exposed to many different environments. Since we have had him, he really hasn't been a spooky or hot horse. Sometimes we have seen him be slightly cautious when he cant see something on his blind side, but throughout this month I've been working around obstacles that he might not always be able to see. The goal here is for him to work like a "normal" horse, where other riders do not have to be cautious because of his eye. I've been working him with other horses, and have really made sure he is perfectly calm with horses passing from behind him or from the opposite direction. I've brought him over tarps, and it really did not phase him at all. Recently, I've worked carrying flags on him. He was definitely cautious with carrying on his blind side, so currently I've just working with flags on his seeing side. Moving the flag over is the next step in this process. While riding, I've found that Yukon tends to stop pretty heavily on his front end. He much prefers to pivot on the forehand, rather than the hind. My next big step is getting him to stop and move better off of his hind end. This is so later on he will be able to perform more athletic maneuvers (Rollbacks, Cow-work, Turning, Pivoting) that require more muscling in his hind end. https://youtu.be/0k72IuYIX0A
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Charlee Proctor
Nov 08, 2021
Charlee and Yukon October Entry! When I first got Yukon our first and most important focus was evaluation and groundwork. It has been extremely important to develop personal space and basic cues, but also to be aware of safety concerns. Once Yukon was at home and settled in, we went right into basic ground cues and manners. Yukon has had a very solid handle in this area. We have gotten a soft response with leading and backing. The biggest challenge has been keeping forward momentum as he started out of the lazy side. Using the end of a lead rope as an aid, we working on walking, trotting, and stopping staying beside me. Before I take him anywhere I wanted to make sure he was safe to trailer and tie up. He never had any issue with loading or standing, so this area was able to be a quick review and evaluation. Once the basics were handled, I wanted to be sure he would be safe once I started riding him. On the ground we started spookproofing, and making sure he isn't afraid of his surroundings. After some work he was great with tarps, flags, lunge whips, plastic bags, other horses, and of course the random events that always tend to pop up. The biggest thing for me is for him to not be spooky on his right (blind) side. He has had almost no issues, even without that eye. After solid groundwork, we started lunging. This has been tricky trying to get him responsive without being able to see on that right side. We worked a lot tracking to the left to reinforce vocal cues and learning how to lunge. The right side is still nowhere near as good, but it seems that is simply just because he is missing those physical cues. I have started him under saddle. It has been very basic so far. He has been ridden, so he wasn't freaking out or unsure of tack or me getting on him. The main focuses I've had is bending/ flexing, responding off my leg, and simply being able to extend and bring back his trot with mostly weight cues. To build up muscle, especially in his hind end, we've been doing a lot of long trotting under saddle. https://youtu.be/WNO5nqqapx8
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