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Jul 18, 2022
Madison + Exotica's July Progress Sorry this is late, I was up in Amarillo at a show and forgot my computer. This month is focused entirely on preparing for the state show. Pattern: I have finalized the pattern and we have been working it every day. It doesn't include any tricks as I didn't teach her any but it definitely shows LOTS of improvement from September. With her hind leg injury she isn't able to really drive off her hind end but she is still going over trot poles she just may tick them occasionally. Our theme relates back to the history of the Arabian breed but I'm not going to say anything about it as I don't want to give it away. Trailering: She went to the vet and then the next day she went out to my trainers and then had a day at home and then back to my trainers. Previously she had only been in a stock trailer, but we used a larger show trailer. She did really well in it and even settled down enough to eat her hay. She handled everything really well being trailered several days in a row and several times a week. Off Property: X did AMAZING at my trainers. We lunged in the arena (it's an indoor) and then worked out pattern and got help from my trainer. She did great in the indoor and was very attentive and focused on me the whole time in addition to all the distractions. Out there we have older horses that roam the property and she didn't care at all! I washed her in the stanchion and let her graze. We had some trouble getting in the trailer to go home the first time but got it and then came back the second day and was fine. Additional: We ended up not doing the tarp as it is just too much for her. She lets me touch her with it but still can't get over walking on it and that's ok so we are not using it. I am excited to compete next weekend and am really looking forward to it. I hope X gets adopted to a loving home who can take care of her and give her the retirement she deserves. Thank you again to everyone who has made this program and oppurtunity possible and I hope to compete in it again next year. Video: I will post when I am done editing
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Jun 11, 2022
Madison + Exotica's June Progress Showmanship: She is doing pretty well with this. The walk has gotten to a good point where I'm not constantly correcting everything she does and we can walk in a straight line without her bending one way or another lol. The trot is still improving- she likes to speed up at certain points. Eventually I can get her to where she is going nice and easy but it still has work to be done. We work on several different transitions and the biggest one so far is coming down from a trot to a walk. Sometimes she'll do it right when I ask her and sometimes she just slows down to this prance type thing but we do A LOT of these transitions to help with this. Desensitization: We have started on tarps and so far she lets me touch her with it and put it on her (like a blanket) and walk around. It took us forever but we got to where she would calmly walk over it without running me over. Then the next day we went to go over again and she just was not having it. She rushed over it once and then wouldn't put more than a foot on. Since we had already spent an hour on tarps (and we had already done showmanship) so I folded it up and did a few more minutes of touching her with it and called it a day. Almost everyday after showmanship we do tarp work so that she is at least a little tired but obviously we still have so much to do with it before state but I'm confident we'll get there. Stalling: We are working more on this but she still has those days where she freaks out. I still bring Henry in and put him in a stall across from her but it really is just going to takes more time for her to be comfortable. Additional: I recently put Henry and X together and they're doing really well. X gets along with most horses so that will be good for future adopters if they have others horses. She does get buddy sour easily but so far hasn't been bad. When I take her to work she doesn't get tensed up like how she was at Meet-n-Greet but is honestly just her usual self. When I take Henry out, usually she's pretty good and minds her business but at every now and then she may let out a winnie or two. Overall Video: https://youtu.be/Cw9OJGd0wHc Tarp Video: https://youtu.be/ky2rb3fZ4oA (ignore the commentary I forgot to cut the audio)
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Madison + Exotica's May Progress Showmanship: Again, this has been our main thing we have focused on. She is really improving with it and for the majority, has it down. We have only really worked on it in the round pen- this prevents her from being able to whip around me and has other benefits as well- and on a straight walkway. One thing I did notice was that she responds to me SO much better now. When first starting, she would plant her feet and refuse to back but now, after I give her the cue she backs. She is resistant sometimes and tends to put her head higher in the air anytime we back up but I don't see it as a huge problem as she isn't doing it in a rude manner or trying to bite me. After continuously doing the pivot exercises I am proud to say that she can roughly do a pivot on the haunches to the right. It isn't the best but with more work it'll be better. Her left pivot is not anywhere near there yet. She has always had trouble bending left so this wasn't a surprise to me, but we are working on it and trying to improve it. Stalling: We have worked more on this these past weeks. The longest she has spent in a stall alone was 30 minutes. This is a HUGE improvement from when I first got her. I try and do it around feed time to make a positive correlation between the two but she usually only takes a few bites and then spends the rest of the time standing staring at nothing or walking around. She really isn't too bad being stalled when she has a buddy next to her but if the buddy leaves and she doesn't she gets upset. Moving forward I think I am going to finish working with her and then put her in the stall (to eat if it's that time) and then carry on working other horses and then she'll come out when I'm done with the others. Currently I put her in there and carry on with other barn chores till the timer is up, but I will be bringing the horses in and out to saddle them and I need her to be comfortable with other horses outside while she is stalled. This also doesn't give a time limit so she could be in there for 30 minutes or she could be in there for a few hours (with water and stuff tho). I just need her to learn to calm down and this also helps her not to anticipate when she'll be done. Lunging: She knows all her cues but just need a little refresh so we are touching up on that. I am starting to lunge her in the arena instead of the round pen as she will be in an arena at the shows and not in a round pen. It is also allows her to become more away of her sense of space. Arena: I am moving more of her work back to the arena. We were in the round pen to first learn and work on showmanship but now that she understands I need her to be able to transfer this over to the arena as the shows are all done in an arena. She has a tendency to tense up more in the arena because of other horses working and it excites her and I also need to work more on her moving in a straight line rather than a bend. Additional: Her coat is coming through really nicely and it is SO shiny! I am getting her a fly sheet to help with flys and protect it from the sun, this will also help bring out her dapples more. Video: https://youtu.be/mmD1cY9xAe0
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Apr 14, 2022
Madison + Exotica's April Progress This is month we have mainly focused on showmanship and me re-gaining that respect and personal space from her Showmanship: This has been our primary focus this month. I had my trainer come out and work with her at the end of March and she gave us a lot to work on in this category. She is getting better each day but she still has her days where she'll be in a mood. Since she is in season she had become very rude on the lead line so this was our "solution." We do little exercises walking into the round pen- I open the gate but we walk by it instead of going in because she rushes it- I have her stop in between the gate so it is split and she has half her body in and half out- There is this little hill/ledge thingy coming out of the pen so I have her stop with her hind legs up there and her front half on a lower surface. Once we are in the round pen we start by walking circles and add in stops and what not. Once I think she has gotten to a good point and she is working well, we break into a trot and work on her trotting. I also like to do transitions- walk to trot- trot to walk- stop to trot- trot to stop (etc.) We don't go into the round pen everyday- there is a straight walkway on the way there so any time we walk on it, we are practicing our showmanship and working on her moving in straight lines. The round pen is well round so I work on getting her to move in a bend but in our pattern she'll be moving in lines so this walkway really helps a lot. At the end of our session I have her work on cross overs. I ask her to pivot and make sure that her front legs cross over properly each time and we work on this both ways. Tricks: I am starting to try and teach her some tricks. She is super smart, but sometimes too smart for her own good. I want to teach her to bow and at least one other thing but she is definitely testy and knows how to skip doing the actual exercise. Desensitization: As I develop our pattern for the show I know I want to include tarps so I need to work more with her on this. She doesn't mind just walking next to them, but we definitely have to work on her going over them and them being on her. Between fight and flight she runs if she gets scared so this is a must that we will work on. Stalls: We haven't done a whole lot with stalls this month and that is entirely my fault. But we are starting to work more on it since this is all the shows have and she will have to learn at some point. She does better if she has a buddy (specifically Emma or Henry) in the stall next to her however I know she can't constantly have a buddy and she needs to be ok on her on. Video: https://youtu.be/D_ikQFX5dJY
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Mar 14, 2022
Madison + Exotica's March Progress *I have been gone again for stock shows and we have not had the best weather so we weren't able to do a lot this month but still worked on some little things* Personal Space: She has recently decided that my space is hers. In the beginning we worked on this and she was really good about staying out of my space but now she is a little pushy. If I ask her to back she will plant her feet and not move, even when I am opening up the gate. When walking to the round pen, idk if its just because of the weather since we haven't been super consistent, but she will stop at random times and try to turn around back to her pasture or will slow down so I'm pulling her along instead of walking together. We have started doing personal space excerices again but when I asked her to move her hind over in one of them (I walk around the side like swinging the rope ya know) she pinned her ears and tried to kick me. I think it's just that I need to re-establish my presence and authority to her (she's too comfortable) so we will be using the chain more often and I am going to start asking and expecting more things from her. (I feel like we have made some really good progress but it is just time to step it up, especially with the months we have ahead) Supplements: I started her on some joint supplements around I think like early Febuary and they have helped A LOT! She feels so much better to even just run around in her pasture (etc.) Water/Drinking: There was a point when she gradually stopped drinking. She gets electrolyte supplements and has a salt block so it was concerning why she wasn't drinking. I tried a few different things to see what the issue was but she still wasn't drinking. At one point I cleaned her trough (which I already did but doesn't hurt to see if maybe it tasted funky or something got in it) and she started to drink again! So now I clean almost once a week and she hasn't had any issues since then but I still keep an eye on it. Stalling: This is still an issue and going to be one of our top priorities in April. Additional Notes: This month definetly brought some interesting things but we have a plan to work on them. I have also started letting her just run around in the arena for like 30 minutes once a week and she LOVES it. I am going to introduce her to Henry and see if they get along and if they do I plan to start giving them so play/turnout time together (but they will not pasture together because she does get extremely buddy sour super quick). Additionally, thank you Haley Higgins, I learned a little more about her past and turn out that Cali and Exotica have the same dad and are half siblings! They were kept at a huge breeding facility so she has probably had a few foals and this may be a reason why she doesn't like stalls (she may have been kept in one for extended periods of time) Ground tying has become a more often thing we do and we have transferred it over to other things as well (her standing on her own while I grab something etc.) and I am just super happy with it and can't wait to add in some different elements to her training. Video: I am working on editing a video- the weather has been horrible and I've been gone so not a lot of video but I will upload it when i do finish it! Edit: Here is the completed video https://youtu.be/Y2U4N-CCPe0
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Feb 15, 2022
Madison + Exotica's February Progress Under Saddle: We will no longer be working under saddle at the moment. She is in the in-hand category so that is what we are really focusing on that in these coming months. She really just wasn't comfortable in a saddle and but did enjoy our light bareback rides. In-Hand: We have been putting a lot more work into the in-hand trail courses. She is an absolute master with bridges and can even go over them at liberty. I have started setting up new obstacles such as boxes to trot and work through and other fun pole work. With the weather swings she has been a little more energetic but we work through that and always end on a good note. I set up poles that she has to weave through and she really enjoys these, they are probably one of her favorites at the moment. She does tend to get a little careless with her feet placement over poles so I have started raising them to make her pick up her feet. Liberty: She is always improving on this and I am honestly surprised with how much work she has made. She used to not follow me around and would just stand there but now she will follow me around, back (this needs work), trot (sometimes she won't because she is in a mood but will a majority of the time) and we go over a variety of obstacles, such as bridges, poles, logs, (etc.). After a lunge session I will take her halter off and just kind of do random things in the arena and she follows me the whole time. I went and stood on the step stool and she even followed me there and stood beside me, despite her still not liking them. I am overall super happy with the progress she has made here and am beyond ready to see where we can go with the warmer weather. Blanketing: I figured I would just give an update on this- She is completely fine being blanketed again. She just really didn't like how much static there was with the cold but she is fine now. Stalling: She is still super axious and high strung the whole time I put her in there. I have tried using positive reinforcement by putting her in a stall for feeding time, but she just ignores it most of the time. Moving forward I am going to put her in the stall for 15 minutes (minumum and increase each week) at least 3 times a week. Starting out I think I might bring a friend in and put him next to her, but will avoid having to always have a buddy to be stalled. I think we just need more work in here. *if you have any suggestions on this I would be happy to hear them!* Additional: Over this past month I have really seen her personality come out and it is AMAZING. She has starting becoming a lot more out going and I just love seeing the different sides of her. Also, when I halter her she used to stand there and wait for me to come up to her but now she greets me at the gate every time I walk by her pen. She even walks up to new people to let them halter her, she isn't as sure at first but eventually decides your ok lol. I would like to bring in some younger kids and see how she does working with them. I think she would make an incredible in-hand theraputic horse one day because she does like little kids. We are also going to do more desensatization work, she is great in some areas and then other places need work. Tarps are the big thing she needs work on. Video: I do not have any current videos of our work and I have been out of town for contests but I will upload them as soon as I get some.
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Jan 15, 2022
Madison + Exotica's January Progress Its just kind of been more of a chill past couple of weeks. The weather hasn't allowed us to do a whole lot and it gives her time to just have a little break. We have focused mainly on in-hand obstacles and working on some newly developed bad habits she has. Blanketing: In the past couple of weeks when the first cold front hit she began to shy away from the blanket when I tried to put it on. I introduced a new blanket to her (it was a different color/ heavier weight and she was curious about it) and when I tried to put it on she pulled back and just kept going back. I stopped and we went back to the basics with blanketing and she has been some what okay since. When taking it off it creates static because she's SUPER hairy and she'll pull away if I don't have her tied. To work I've just been tieing her up and I'll put the blanket on and then take it off and just keep this same process till she quits being so dramatic about it. Step stools: She used to be fine with me mounting and just in general being at a higher level than her, but around the beginning of December she would throw a fit and try to bite me a whip around the step stool. Even if I was just standing on it to braid her mane she would throw her head into the air until I reassured her it's fine. To work on this anytime I brush her, even though I don't need it, I will use the step stool to groom her. It just gets her more comfortable with it and used to be just being up there above her head. Mounting: Even though X and I are competing in the in-hand category, it's still good for her to be ridden every now and then (just light work) and she actually does enjoy it. As I stated above, she has a recently developed a habit of whipping around the step stool and trying to bite me. We stopped riding for a little bit because the weather made it hard on her joints (we are currently starting joint supplements) but before we did stop she would do the same thing with the step stool when rides previous she would stand and let me mount and once I was on she wouldn't move till I asked. To work on this, I lunge her and we work on stuff there but then at the end I will tie the lead rope as if I were to have reins on her and go through the same movements as if we were riding. I make her walk up to stool and I put the "reins" around her head, then I adjust the stool so she knows it is there and just stand on it. She is getting better about it and now only really pins her ears and she'll move a few steps in a different directions but we take time and I lean over her and let her know I am there. Once I feel she has held a good mannerism when walking up to the stool and letting me stand on there I will hop on bareback. We just walk around and do a light little trot and sometimes work on flexing/bending in different directions and moving off of leg pressure. Then usually I'll ask her to stop and just make different movements on her back (me laying on her, swinging my legs around, etc.) and then we are done for the day. In-hand work: We've done a lot more in-hand work this past month. We worked over bridges which she had down within one day of working on them. She was a little hestiant at first but once she got over the bridge acted like it was no big deal. We are also working on just doing simple in-hand courses. When working on the courses I'll incorparate different things like- trotting squares, bridges, walking over logs, weaving between things such as hay bales (etc.), walking next to me as I walks across tires, backing, pivots (these need some work), messing with mailboxes-putting things in and taking things out, standing while I perform a task. She is getting pretty good at most of these things but still needs some refinment. When trotting squares she will pin her ears but she still does what I ask her to do which is all am wanting out of her right now. Overall she does have pretty good ground manners and we haven't had to use the chain in a little while, but occasionally, especially when working around the filly, she gets excited and I have to pull it out to give her a gentle little reminder that I'm not something to be plowed through. Video: My grandma just recently passed and I am not available to get any videos of our progress, but I will upload a video with our work as soon as I return home Edit: Here is a video link of our most recent work since I got back home https://youtu.be/iKCs_6HwcAw
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Madison + Exotica's December Progress Stalling: X really doesn't like to be left alone in small spaces. We have been working on her standing in a stall by herself. If she has a buddy (specifically Emma) next to her she will stand fine, but if it's just her and there are no horses or people she gets VERY upset. To work on this I put her in a stall for about 30 minutes and I turn on the radio to something relaxing to help her a bit. I sit somewhere where she cannot see me, but I can see her. We usually do this after we have lunged/worked that way some of her energy is burned up. She is somewhat starting to understand she'll be okay and I'm not just sticking her in there and then leaving forever, but we still have a lot of progress and work to do with this. Inexperienced People: I have brought in a few of my siblings that know absoultely nothing about horses to work with X. I will work with her first (lunging, whatever we are doing that day) and then I have someone else come in a walk her around on the lead line and they take her back to her pen. They are not allowed to use the chain on her, but she only really needs that in new places now. She used to take advantage of them and would go right back to how she was when I first brought her home (whipping around you, running you over, etc.) but has come SO far. I put my youngest brother on her to see how she would handle kids- they had already worked together before and I had finished with her and she was pretty relaxed so we thought we might try it. I was just leading him around on the lead line and he got scared and she reacted and threw him off (hes fine). But he has been a little hesitant of her so I have really been having those two work together. I was super proud of them both because I had him lead her back to her pen after grooming her and he told me he wanted to spend time with her and pet her. She stood in the same spot in her pasture the whole time and LOVED his attention. Since this happened he gets so excited when I go out and work with her and I am looking forward to being able to try and teach these two some new things. I also had him groom her and she did really well. She picked up all four feet on the first try- my brother has never done this before and occasionally she can be a little rude about this. Working on the right side: We have recently started doing some work on the right side because she is VERY uneasy about it and it just recently showed when I tried mounting from the right. I mount from the left and I went to the right to do some desentization and noticed she was scared. We have been working on several movements going on at once- I will lean on her back and kind of wiggle around😂 but reach my arms over and start touching underneath her belly so there are several things happening in all different places. The first time I did this after about 15 minutes of working, she was okay with it and didn't try and take off. Standing still: She still has an issue with this but not quite as bad as it used to be. When I tie her she still paws if I leave, but I know that she will never be an absolute angel and perfectly quite horse and have accepted that and am adjusting and she isn't pawing in a bad manner, it's just she wants attention. Now when I mount in the round pen she stands still and is super chill about it. When I mount in the arena she will sometimes stand and sometimes she won't. To work on this we do most of our work in the arena now and even if lunging I make her stand still for like 5 minutes before I send her out and usually at a walk so she knows to just chill and it doesn't always have to be go go go. She DOES NOT like to stand next to things. I walk with her in between the rows of round bales- they touch right up against her. She's fine with this but it's hay sooo. Now we went to the arena and I made her stand next to a hay bale and she did not appreciate it. To work on this I put empty feed bags and tarps on top of the round bales and then walk her through. We also stop, back, and turn around in here. We haven't touch up a whole lot on close things in the arena because of how cold it has been but we do still work on things being beside her. Tricks/Liberty: We have been working on small tricks here and there. She knows how to give kisses, but will sometimes not and just look for the treat 😂. We have also started learning how to hug and give a fist bump (she is incredibly smart and knows what I want but is lazy). With liberty, she has gotten pretty decent at this. We work on this after our main work for the day. She really likes to spin and is a big favorite of free jumping when I ask her. She will just keep going over the jumps till I ask her to stop- they're just raised trot poles that she goes really well over at the trot, but occassionally gets a little excited at the canter, or if she misses her distance.
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Madison and Exotica's November Progress Report 1) Standing still while tied without seeing me This month we worked (and are continuing to work on) on getting her to stand still while tied and me being out of sight. She stands just fine if I am there just in a position she can see me, whether I am doing nothing or putting on a one-man show of West Side Story. I tie her up to the hitching post (I prefer this over cross-ties right now that way she has some space to move side-to-side without catching the cross-tie and she can see a little more out the side) and go do whatever I need to get done. I clean out her pen, fill water, hay, (etc.) whatever I have to get done while she stands. I do pass by her while doing chores so she knows I haven't left her completely, but do my best to avoid going over to her and giving her attention. When I first tied her she tried to rear several times (it makes it a little hard if you're tied to a post) and was constantly swaying side-to-side hitting the post several times, aggressively pawing and striking the ground. I had her tied for 30-45 minutes and when I came back to get her she had broken into a heavy sweat. We have worked more on it and have gotten the rearing down. She usually will only rear if she is in a mood (for whatever reason), it has now only really come to less aggressive pawing and she likes to stand at an angle, up next to the hitching post, rather than straight (this doesn't really bother me too much tho). She stands wonderfully with a friend next to her. Overall she is getting better and stands well to be washed, and isn't too bad when we go to the cross-ties to groom and saddle and will continue to get better if we just keep at it. 2) First Time having a rider in almost 3 years! A week or so ago I got on X for the first time. She has not had a rider aboard in almost three years and her last experience with a rider was an extremely bad accident (I believe this is why she has the condition in her right hind and is functionally/permanently lame-*her lameness does not hurt her it just looks funny when she walks, the right hind kind of catches but looks regular a trot and canter*). We currently ride in a western saddle, but she was trained English. She didn't appreciate the English girth being done up (and did kick me, but she had also had a week off so...) but learned it is best to stand still and it goes by sooner and doesn't mind a western cinch being done up or anything. Our first ride was just us walking around (no bit) and she seemed to remember and got a little excited but had a super positive first ride back. We lunged for around 25 minutes before I got on and I was only on for like 10-15 minutes. The second ride, I mounted without having someone hold her to see what she would do. She was fine up until I was about to sit down in the saddle (honestly I think she has some trauma from the accident- she spooked while the rider was mounting and the rider got caught and drug). She didn't completely take off just kind of took some fast paced 'dancy' steps forward. In our second ride we walked and worked a little at the trot. She is not the biggest fan of tracking left and and can in general be a little excited. We didn't have a bit for this ride either since I was still trying to find one small enough to fit her. Her head was little high, but at certain points I was able to get it down and she even started to collect for me! (I didn't really ask for it too much, she just decided she wanted to) She also has a slightly hard time focusing on me so I am working on exercises to help her engage with me. She broke into a canter a one point, just out of excitement, and had a fairly smooth canter (which is always nice😂). We had our third ride in the arena today. So far we had just worked in the round pen so we went into the arena (we had done some work in the arena a few times, but she was super distracted every time). Our third ride was in the arena. I DID have a bit for this! We lunged in the arena for the first ten or so minutes and she gave me a lot more focus than she usually would have in such an open space working. She was somewhat distracted this ride and had her head up in the air the whole time. I tried to give her more rein and to not pull as much, but the second I gave her even half an inch of more rein she would break into a trot or canter and I was only asking for a walk. Next ride I will give her more length and see how she does (I will be on the lunge line for this). We did go on the lunge line about half way through the ride just to give us both a second to take a breath and I could focus on her and not her and where we were going. She is 100% more comfortable if I am posting at the trot rather than sitting it. I asked for the canter once (intentionally) and she picked up the correct lead first try! Anytime time she broke gait into a canter she would ALWAYS pick up the proper lead, which is really good training on her part. She didn't buck at all during the ride, but came very close to it (crow hopping, etc.) and attempted to rear before deciding against it. There were goats and a llama on the outside of the pen and she usual doesn't have any issue with them but she just couldn't get over them today. We will definitely be doing more arena work and I will move her lunging into the arena rather than the round pen. She was decently responsive to my cues and sort of understood what I was asking, it has just been quite a while she was ridden so she is rusty, but that's okay. We just have to keep working and getting her used to being ridden again and I have to figure her out. One thing I have noticed in the short time we have been riding is that her ground manners have gotten better as well. I do not have to use the chain nearly as often, but use it from time to time as a gentle reminder and make sure to have it on anytime we are in a new location. She is much more respective of my personal space especially when seeing something 'scary' (even tho she did a pretty good job of staying out of it before). Moving forward I am SUPER excited with this break through and we will be experimenting with new things to see what she likes (pole work -just different exercises, trail riding, patterns...) 3) Farrier Visit Exotica had a farrier at the end of last month. We did have to travel to see him (he was in Lubbock and the barn was taking other horses so we tagged along) but that just gave her some experience in new places. She loaded in the trailer ok (she didn't like the fact the I handed her off the someone new once she got half way in the trailer and just stopped moving so I had to get back in to get her to her spot) but was totally fine with loading in the dark, but pawed a little while waiting to leave. While there, she unloaded great and walked fine-didn't run me over or swing around my side just walked calmly next to me. She stood like an angel while having her feet done and while standing waiting for other horses to finish. She did get a little impatient at the end since we had been there so long and it was kinda cold but all she did was paw a little bit and didn't mind traveling or tying next to Emma. We took a stop to get coffee and pick something up, but all four horses (including her) stood completely still! I did not unload her, but was told she came off just fine without trampling the handler. 4) Liberty Work We have not worked a whole lot on this. She follows me around at the walk but doesn't really want to trot (lazy🙄). I am putting it in her schedule to do more liberty work and get her to trot next to me and do some tricks as well. She had an incredible brain and I think she can catch on with the tricks pretty quick if she wants to. We did decide to play tag while I fed her dinner-per her request- and I think I won, but I guess that's debatable. Video Links: Mounting in Arena https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNzJL6yIISM Trot in Arena for the first time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0SsxpmnuZM Walking in Arena after being on lunge line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yd8LPlxjZo Work on lunge line (Samantha Kendrick-thank you to her help- was holding the lunge line and all she did was have it there in case something went wrong. Kind of like our safety net (for the both of us) to allow me to focus on her movements) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-6XhU3AJ5s Work from late October 10/23 (She really was not in the mood to do pole work today and kept skipping them. I walked next to her in both directions over them and after she had no issue going over them, I just had to take a step back and be patient) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztQ0h3XAwDY
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