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Jaelyn&Buddy
Jul 12, 2022
I lost track of my journal entries with the end of year testing and finals, 4-H state round up and our 4-H district horse show. I will be using July journal entry to also catch up on Buddy and I's adventures in May and June. My undersaddle experience with Buddy has been minimal. It was not what I thought I would have, but it has been what is best for him. When he is ridden he tends to start getting agitated or uncomfortable around the 30 minute time. So throughout my time with Buddy I have focused on using him for informational lessons in our monthly horse club meetings and loving on him. In MAY, our club got a couple new members. Some had never been around horses and some had. Buddy has good manners so we used him to teach a few members horse safety, grooming, and taking up. One member that knows how to ride but did not bring his horse, rode Buddy a little bit. We also decided to start giving Buddy 2 cups of topline feed in addition. We wanted to try and see if it would help him even more. In JUNE, I had a big challenge with him. It was Jaelyn vs. Buddy and the fly mask. Buddy has a white blaze on his face that gets sun burned. He needs to have sunscreen on or wear a full fly mask with nose covering. Since Buddy is out in pasture, does not come in daily, and sunscreen doesnt last all day in the heat, I decided to go with the fly mask. Buddy did not agree. I had a to get a warmblood size in order to fit his large head, the nose piece hung past his nose though and he did not like it. Every day he took it off and I had to go into the pasture and search for it. We also tried slinky fly mask. Somehow he got that off to. At this time Buddy is still winning the fly mask challenge. This month, Buddy and I are going to solely work on our State Horse Show routine and spending time together. My family is really sad to see him go and we are hoping he find his forever home with even more love for him then we have. I will be sharing more pictures of Buddy and I working together in the next couple weeks.
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Jaelyn&Buddy
Nov 29, 2021
This Month Buddy and I have made some BIG forward movements. I was told Buddy was ridden at some point in time but no one know how long ago he was ridden. I knew it at least had been since June when he went to the rescue. I had planned to not ride him until December, so I decided to just see how he took to a saddle to prepare myself. Buddy did not seemed phased by the saddle at all. I treated the saddling like if it was the first time . . . with extreme caution . . . to make sure. I was so happy with the results. Since he did so well the next day I decided to see how he would do with my getting in the saddle. Again I treated it as if it would be the first time . . . with extreme caution . . . just hanging from it first and so on watching his responses. He did not care at all, therefore I found it safe to swing a leg over. He did GREAT!! Now I was lead around on lead rope for caution purposes. The next day we tried to introduce him to a headstall and bits . . . unfortunately, none of the headstalls we had fit his big head. My local stores did not carry a headstall big enough for him either. I had to wait until I had time to go to a larger tack store to find one for a draft size head. We were testing his ability to take bits without a headstall while we waited and he was taking to the bits nicely. I can not wait to find out which bit he works best with and get the riding going. I was also informed Buddy has troubles being a pasture mate. It was said that he tends to play rough and can not be put with mares because he becomes over protective and moody. At my house most the horses are turned out together. We decided to see if we can acclimate Buddy with the heard. At first we introduced our older Thoroughbred gelding. . . that did not go well as Buddy pinned the ears back, bit at him, and turned to kick him. We pulled him out and waited a day. We introduced him to a mid aged quarter horse gelding. Buddy did fine! We waited a couple days and added in the two ponies we have (one a gelding and one a stallion) . . . Buddy was more scared of them then anything. With 3 male equine now working out, we decided to try the Thoroughbred again. This time Buddy did not bother him. Buddy has seemed to become very attached to the mid aged quarter gelding. He following him around most the day. After about a week of all the boys together and going smoothly, we decided to add in our two mares. Our mares and gelding have always been together, so we prayed when adding another strong gelding to the mix. When we first put in the mares Buddy left them along, but the mares did their mare thing front kicking at him and giving a fierce neigh when he came near. That behavior only lasted a little. All the horses have been out to pasture now for a little over a week enjoying grazing together and leaving each other alone. I feel it is safe to say we may have successfully turned him into a pasture heard horse. In December I am looking forward to figuring out which bit work best for Buddy and getting in some time under the saddle, along with many other things.
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Jaelyn&Buddy
Oct 21, 2021
Buddy- I was so excited to be chosen for this program and even more excited to get another horse to take care of. I mean who doesn’t want more horses?! When I saw him for the first time I could not stop smiling. He was so handsome. Unfortunately his legs were all cut up from getting caught in his pasture fence most likely and I had to leave without him. Fast forward to two weeks later and he finally arrived at my house, thanks to ASPCA transportation. I even got to stay home from school to greet this handsome guy. We kept him in a stall with a run for the rest of that week and weekend to make sure we can get him used to the barn noise and activity usually going on. The next couple days we let him out to graze in a long slim paddock near our arena. It was attached to this big pasture where the other horses are but they told us to be cautious of putting him with others. That is why we are taking the it slow. the other horses and him seemed to not find each other. After a couple days we opened up that paddock into the arena and he has had free rein of both. He loves it! I can not wait to give him an even bigger paddock and try and give him a pasture mate. Buddy came to us with coffin bone issues as well as arthritis. It was stated he gets lame easily. it was recommended he have shoes with pads at all times. upon Buddy’s arrival he was missing a shoe. we schedule pir farrier to come our as soon as possible. He came out a week after buddy’s arrival and thankfully was able to put anglers pads on his with shoes. Buddy unfortunately was already starting to get lame again but now is doing better. Due to his lameness issues he has not been ridden since May or before. He is also known to be pushy! Because of that we stated With ground manners. We are working on walking together with appropriate space and respect. We are working on the lunge line to again work on listening and respect. Buddy seems to have knowledge of all the things I am asking, just needs a reminder and to understand who is in charge. I think we are moving along well. I do not think I will put a saddle on him in November, but I do hope to put one on him in December. Stay tuned!
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