Well Saturday I had the chance to work all 3 of my horses! It was great! I find that when I go out to the horses, my problems just disappear! Don't you just love that feeling? :) Anyways I started off with Valero. We did some work with the saddle(Reviewing flexing, pressure in the saddle, and walking on with "leg cues" by me tapping his side with my hands). I was really surprised how much he remembered! Then we did some liberty work, (Don't pay attention to the end part after he doesn't jump the barrel... hehe! Its still a work in progress! )
I have to laugh because he does the liberty routine GREAT off camera. Some of you may not believe me, but its true! hehe! After the liberty work we went over some obsticles and desensitized to the plastic bag and umbrella some more. He is doing great with the umbrella and the plastic bag, but he doesn't like the plastic bag above his head. We will work on it! Then finished with laying down!
He looks exhausted doesn't he? lol!
Then while Valero was cooling down and eating , I lunged the heck outta Kahlua! We gotta get some weight off that girl! She is a little chunky! :) And while she was lunging I attached the rubber reins to her bit and girth( they teach a horse to become more collected and give to the bit) After 10 minutes of lunging at all gates she was sweating like crazy!(Valero can go 15 minutes or longer but he is in better shape!) She got a well deserved bath afterwords!
Finally I worked Val. Mostly We lunged, she is giving to pressure WAY better! No more tugging! I started teaching her to switch directions and then we worked on side-passing! She picked it up real quickly! I was so proud of her! She has made me realize, she is real smart, and VERY capable of doing things, but she also is VERY stubborn! She needs to realize, she may think she is boss mare, but around me, she is NOT. When I ask her to do something she needs to do it then, no if ands or buts! :)
The last bit I have for you is just some pictures!
Valero~"Get my good side mom!"
Kahlua tired after her long workout!
Valero~ "Yaaaawwwnnn! I'm with Kahlua!"
Valero~ "Take my picture mommy!! Not Kahlua's!"
Signing off now! **Jessi** Who hates all this stormy weather we are having! Hmph!
When I went outside the other day I thought, "With how much Valero has grown, I wonder if he still fits in his blanket?" Sure enough I went out there and even when I loosened all the straps, it was snug!
"You want more pictures? Hmmm I don't know..."
"Do I look mysterious??"
He is sticking his tongue out at me!!
Now he is laughing at me!!
After our photo shoot, I got Val out to start to go over trailer loading again. She was a spaz... Let me tell you 1 Stubborn Mare+ 1 determined,equally stubborn girl= 4 HOURS OF TRAILER LOADING AGONY!! Valentine would get up to the trailer and then freak out and suck back... Every time she did that I lunged her for a bit then walked her back over to the trailer again(to teach her the trailer is a good place). We ended at 8pm. when she put her front two feet into the trailer!
The Next Day
Something just clicked in her and it just took me 30 minutes!!
P.S. Valero and I have this AMAZING liberty routine going!! I will have to get video of it!! Lua is doing great as always!