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May 12, 2022
April journal entry- This month I have been extremely busy with end of year school activities and events therefore have not been able to work with Baby Que as much as I have liked. This month we have been working on various different things that I would like to include as part of the freestyle. With every obstacle that we worked on she was so calm and well mannered. I have been beginning to notice that she likes to pick things up so I would like to include her picking something up. We also went to take bluebonnet pictures and decided to include her in it. Baby Que was so well mannered especially with how windy it was that day. I was so happy with the way she behaved with everything that was going on. I also discovered that Baby Que really likes water. I can’t wait to bring her back out here again this summer. This month I had several different people groom, wash, walk, and trot her around and she handled it like a champ. She acts the same way for everyone as she would with me. Although she did very well I still need to work on her picking up her feet and having good manners while doing so. This month Baby Que shedded out her winter coat and looks amazing. She is finally starting to gain muscle back and filling out so much more. I can also tell that she has grown quite a lot since I first got her. She used to be around the same height as my other horse who is about 14’2 and I would guess that she might be around 15’0 hands now. I am so happy with how much healthier she is now. She has come such a long way and to her now makes my heart so happy. She is a very friendly horse and is going to make another family very happy. She has a great mind and has so much potential.
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Mar 07, 2022
Baby Que’s first show- This month I took Baby Que to her first show since I’ve had her. Although I did not actually compete with her she still got the experience. I was able to walk her around in the second arena while the PA system was on along with Music. This show was one of my 4H point shows. Baby Que was extremely well behaved while in her stall. She remained calm the whole time even when I took my other horse away to compete in my classes. However, at the end of the show there was breakaway and goat tying. We had to walk past the steers and she was concerned and a bit ancy. As far as I know she’s never seen cows or goats. Although her energy increased, I was expecting it. Ground Tying- This month's discussion post for the in hand riders was about ground tying and how to send your horse over obstacles. Before this month I had never taught Baby Que how to ground tie. Baby Que and I always work on lowering her head because she carries her head extremely high when we are walking or trotting. It took a couple of tries for Baby Que to understand that I was asking her to not follow me. After 3 or 4 times she finally understood exactly what I was asking. Each time I walked back to her she was rewarded with lots of pets. Baby Que has lost the privileges of getting treats because when I was doing that she became extremely bitey. Overall I am extremely proud of how fast Baby Que picked ground tying. In the next couple sessions I plan to implement myself going to get a tarp and bringing it back to her. Challenges- This month a few new challenges have come to light for Baby Que and I. One of the first things we worked on when I got her was picking up all four feet. Her back feet are where we struggled. Within the first couple of weeks she had mastered picking up all four feet with good manners. Ever since then she was doing great until this month when my farrier came to trim her. I believe that was her 4th or maybe 5th trim. Every Other trim she was extremely good. This month however she was refusing to pick up her right hind leg. I have been working with her every session on this and she has improved tremendously.
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Jan 02, 2022
On December 10th the farrier came out to look at her feet for the second time. The farrier decided that her hooves were healthy enough to be trimmed. The first time he came out it was decided that trimming her then would cause more harm than good. Both times she stood amazing. Baby Que allowed all four hooves to be held. The hoof that she struggles more with being picked up is her right back. In December Baby Que and I worked on getting her to sidepass to me with only the raise of my hand. The first day I started teaching this exercise to her she immediately caught on within the span of 20 minutes. By the third or fourth day of teaching the sidepass she had mastered it without having to use any reinforcements. After I felt that she was comfortable with the sidepass I added in a log to the sidepass. At first she was confused but then she quickly realized what I was asking her to do. Sidepassing over the log is something that we need to continue working on but I am excited with how far we have come. In November and December she has become healthy enough to where we can start building muscle. Since I am not able to ride Baby Que I use my other horse Bobby to pony her with. We do mostly long trotting and lope a few circles each way. While long trotting we go over trot poles and other randomized logs. Along with ponying I also lunge her on hills. Doing hill work has many benefits such as it develops strength and stamina, engages core muscles, builds muscle along the topline and also builds muscle within the hindquarters. Over the last 3 months Baby Que and my other horse Bobby have built a very strong bond. Although they do have a strong bond they are not buddy sour to each other (which I am very grateful for). Bobby enjoys her company as long as Baby Que is not in his space. Bobby helps with teaching her boundaries. Baby Que is impatient when standing tied, so I tied her and Bobby next to each other. She relaxed so I put Bobby away and I was very pleased to see that Baby Que remained calm. Now she calmly stands tied. I have not gotten the chance to trailer her anywhere this month but I would like to at least once. My biggest struggle so far has been getting her out of the trailer. She loads extremely well but refuses to back out. I have been working with her a lot on this. We have made a lot of progress to where she will back out. It still takes a lot of time to back her out but it is progress. We will continue working on this throughout the year. This month I also worked on ponying her with a saddle on. Although I am participating in the in hand portion of this project I was still curious how she would be. I started off with introducing the saddle pad and she stood perfectly still. Then I introduced the girth by using a lead rope to tighten the girth safely. Then I introduced the saddle and she didn't move an inch. I then lunged her and she never once bucked. I then ponied her off of my other horse.
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Jan 02, 2022
When deciding what’s the best forage for your horse you need to consider the maturity level of the forage. The most desirable maturity level you want the plants to be less mature. The less mature plants have more leaves, more crude protein, and less stems. When looking at forage you can visibly tell the difference between which forage has better nutrients and overall healthier for your horse. Good forage will have almost a greenish color to it. You can also put your hand in the center of the bale and you should feel no moisture. Bad forage will be a yellow color and be much heavier than the nutritional bale. When sticking your hand in between the bale you might feel moisture, that is an indicator that the bale has been kept outside. 2. We use the equation Weight=(Heart Girth)length/330. I have been with my dad on this break in the Weatherford/Stephenville area and have not had the opportunity to be with Baby Que much. However I measured her weight in November and it was estimated to be 756 lb. She has gained weight since then so I believe she is probably close to being 800 lb. If she is 800 lb then she will need at least 8 lb of hay a day. 3. Body Condition scores run on a scale from 1 to 9. The 6 parts of the body that you evaluate for your horse's BCS are along the neck, along the withers, behind the shoulder, ribs, crease down back, flank,tail head, inner buttocks. I believe that Baby Que would score a 3-4. We are still working on getting her weight where it needs to be. When I first got her she was scored at a 2.
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