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davidkendricktx
Jul 18, 2022
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As the clock winds down to the State show, I did not want to introduce any new patterns or activities. Rather, I want Haven to find comfort and familiarity in our routine no matter where we are. I have taken her to different arenas to practice the same pattern we will be doing next week. My extension agent always says, if you are not ready a week before, then you won't be ready. His advice is something I take to heart in all of my competitions. There is no reason to push to the point of injury, mental or physical, just because you are nervous or ill-prepared. The meaning under the meaning is that hard work starts at the front of the timeframe. I feel confident that I have tried out enough different maneuvers to be comfortable with what we have chosen to perform. Roping, dragging a log, going over poles, and other trail/ranch tasks are something Haven and I are very comfortable doing. We have chosen our outfits and music and are ready to go. However, I did feel like this end time was a good time to test out our work with different riders. I have had a few confident riders, including my brother, give her a try in the arena. I am very pleased that she responded with agreement with her different riders. The problems we had, in the beginning, are faint today. She is easy to catch, ties, stands for tacking, loads in a variety of trailers, and leads with ease. The only real concern I have is the travel time, length, and heat involved. I have fans, water buckets, and we will travel during the cooler time of day. It is a solid ten hours of being in the trailer, but with all the air circulating during travel, I will do my best to keep her comfortable. This wrap-up journal post is a great way to recap all that we have accomplished in this project. She is very friendly, wants to please horse, and loves the attention she is getting. She is a healthy weight and looks great. I am happy to show her off next week. until Saturday....
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davidkendricktx
Mar 16, 2022
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With Haven, our main struggle all along has been her initial fear of being haltered, which has certainly improved. However, we fell backward when I started leaving her while I was on trips to stock shows. March is my biggest absence from home since I planned on attending the Houston Stock Show. Therefore, I didn't want to start anything new. I decided to use these short breaks in between shows to help reinforce some of our earlier lessons. I worked some on loading into a trailer, but I focused on having her come to me in a pen. To accomplish this, I had to work her in the round pen, doing join-ups and a lot of exercises. I also lounged her in our arena. I also had to use more praise on my behalf, both by scratching her and the use of treats (still used lightly because I haven't gotten her weight to where it should be, but we are a lot closer). When working under the saddle, we started to take logs and work on more than just rail work. She hasn't had much experience in this area, but I have a new focus and plan following after Houston. https://youtu.be/enhHAn0rchM
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