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Oct 25, 2021
Terry’s Journal By Kye Tomlinson. — Oct. 2021 October 2021 Sessions- Terry and I have had a good month. He his steadily making good progress tolerating riding and being more calm. Session 1— To Today we worked at home. I started with grooming Terry then some lunging. Later Terry and I had a nice trail ride. Terry is still working on standing still when I get on. Not his favorite thing. I also working on moving over to the gate. Side passing will come later. He is a bit spooky but tolerated it well. We went for a walk in the trees. Terry was calm and seemed to like the relaxing trail ride. Later I washed him off and let him in our catch pen with some of our other calm horses. He seemed to enjoy his friend time. Session 2 — We did some of the same things as yesterday. Terry and I went on a trail ride and enjoyed the cooler morning air. Terry is still working on standing still but is getting better. We working on moving over when asked. Again after unsaddling I let him out with some of out other horses. Session 3 — My sister and I woke up early and went out to ride. I lunged Terry some and mounted up. He stood still so much better. We have a small sandy patch. Terry and I worked on stopping and backing up. He doesn’t love backing but he is making progress. Later my sister and I went on a trail ride. I jump mounted and he did great standing still. I was even able to get Terry to stand so I could shut the gate. It was a good session and Terry did great. Session 4 — Today we went to the Comanche Arena and worked horses. I worked with Terry on standing when mounting as well as loping. We are making progress moving forward when asked as well as transitions into a lope. Terry still has a hard time getting the correct lead but is working on it. I walked Terry out and tied him to the arena fence while I working my other horses. He stood well tied. Session 5 - 10 — Terry is making progress but he is getting sore. I find it takes him a while to rest up from a good work out. At first he was very energetic but now that he has settled in and not on the muscle as much he seems more sore the next day after workouts. I have pulled back on riding him some to give him more time to recover after a workout day. Its not bad I can just tell that he is sore. After a few days he is felling better and ready to work again. I have used his feed just a bit and he is doing well. Generally I will work Terry in the morning when at the house. We will work on mounting and standing still, moving over to open a gate, some trotting, and some loping. Then we may work on some ground manners and trailer loading and unloading. Most days at home are similar. Session 11 — 15 When we go to the Comanche Arena we are able to work on more trotting and loping. Terry is still working on moving out when asked, He is getting so much better. Also we are working on leads and picking up the right one when asked. Some of our last sessions at the arena we were able to work on obstacles. I was able to stand on a barrel and send Terry around. He was not sure at first what I was asking him. It is a weird thing to ask a horse. But he finally caught on well. He even let me remount from the barrel. Terry has make some amazing progress standing still while I mount as well as when stopped. I am pretty proud of the fact he let me stand up briefly in the saddle. I tried it earlier in the month and he would not stand so I did not attempt it. But he improved standing still until I could tell he would stand still for me to briefly stand. He did it. I was so excited for him and me. Made a cool picture. I have stood on other horses and it a good sign he is learning to trust me. Three things Terry has improved on During October 2021— 1. Continuing progress in Unloading from the trailer Terry will get into the trailer when asked and no longer paws while standing in the trailer. 2. Standing still while mounting and when stopped Terry will stand well most days now and is learning to trust me under saddle 3. Moving off in the direction asked. Terry is learning to walk off in the direction asked with good forward motion. Terry us still working on: Ground leading with good manners Leads Standing still when picking up his feet. YouTube Oct. Video Link https://youtu.be/Qb6QHb2ecf8 https://youtu.be/Qb6QHb2ecf8
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