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  1. #441
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    Wow. Its been a couple of months since I last updated on this thread as well.

    Last post was about a successful October show (complete with costume class). We had qualified for championships for AA Intro.

    I was having some really great rides and starting to get glimpses of the real trot that is lurking just under the surface. I had a lesson a week before my championship show and WOW - the trot work he was giving me was just awesome. Hes finally figured out how to let go of that back and stretch and push from behind. I have pics and video from this lesson.

    Nov 17th was our championship show. I was anxious because October was the first show that we had no issues with the judges box but for the championship class, there were TWO judges booths. Plus I was treating his sarcoid on his hip and in his ear so to put the bridle on I literally had to dismantle it and buckle it on his head.

    Rex warmed up wonderfully and was just so WITH me. We went in to start warming up around the arena and he didnt blink at the judges booths. At the October show I was able to get the judges to pet his nose before the test but since this was championships, I couldnt do that, but turns out we didnt need to.

    Goal was to get around without spooking, stay forward, and actually have a free walk. We achieved all goals and exceeded them. He was just so perfect. The one test I really needed him to step up for and he did. Im not usually emotional but after my final salute, I leaned over to hug him and just started crying. After all of the injuries, surgery, time off, etc. we finally DID it. It all came together. I watched some of the other tests after me and felt we would probably get 3rd, MAYBE 2nd if we were lucky. But I was super happy regardless.

    We came back out for the awards ceremony and they start at last and work their way up. Well me and the girl I knew had won were the last two waiting to hear the placings. I honestly was floored when I heard her name called for reserve. We had actually won. I know its just a GMO schooling show but it was still a big deal esp given one of our judges was Charlotte Trentelman "S" who is tough and does not give scores away.

    I have never received so many 8s in a test. My combined score from both judges was a 75.41%. Charlotte gave me a 73.44% and the other judge gave me a 77.5%

    So needless to say, it was a successful first show season. It started out pretty rough and we had some excitement, thats for sure, but each show was better and better and it all came together when it really counted.

    After the show I didnt ride much. With Thanksgiving, going up to GA to visit family, all of the freaking RAIN, and just life, I just didnt have time.

    I did get on him a month after the show and he was wonderful. I love that I can get on my 5 y/o after not being ridden in a month, no lungeing, and just ride. After that we had even more rain and flooding. I had to wait 2 wks before I could ride again. I was able to trailer him over with my best friend who rode Layla to my friends neighborhood that has arenas. He was a little up at first (hadnt been off property in 1.5 months) but settled and we w/t/c and he was great!

    This past weekend I was invited to a hunter pace just north of Ocala. I was a little nervous as Rex can be spooky at first and gets really excited with a lot of horses but I figured no time like the present. Plus my best friend came along and rode Layla (who was awesome with only 4-5 rides in a year and not being off property in forever).

    The hunter pace was truly a lot of fun. He had some good spooks and what not but really was such a brave baby horse. We walked through belly deep water (about 80 ft long), through woods and open pasture, past HUGE farm equipment, heard turkeys, had other horses cantering past and jumping, and we went up the big dirt hill and came back down on the other side. It was a 5 mile course and we walked the majority of the time. I had some great friends who had seasoned horses that stayed back with us to give Rex confidence. Funny though as he wanted to be the last horse with space between him and the others. I guess he wanted to see if they got eaten first.

    We did some trotting along the trail and at one point we stopped to let some other riders pass. I decided to trot him around in a circle to help him settle and he did and figured what the heck and cantered him a bit as well.

    Im hoping to ride one more time before Sunday as I am leaving for a week vacation but once I get back its time to get back into a program and we are aiming for all training level tests this year (we showed training 1 once last year).

    And you guys know, I have LOTS of pics and even some video!

    Our awesome lesson with Dean at the beginning of Nov

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    <3 https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...18011743_n.jpg

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    ***VIDEO***

    Beginning
    https://www.facebook.com/v/4547398530220

    Middle when he starts offering some lengthening
    https://www.facebook.com/v/4552508857975


    Championships - sadly I forgot my memory card in my camera!! But hubby took video with his cell - better than nothing. Here are some stills.

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    After our test, waiting until the awards ceremony
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    His six hairs that my gf somehow made into a braid lol
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    Letting him hang out before the ceremony (it was a couple of hours later)
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    Hugging him when I learned we won
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    Victory "gallop" lol
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    My favorite
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    Photos from the Hunter Pace

    Our group
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    Me and Rex with my best friend and Miss Layla
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    Coming up the hill
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    and down
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    all done
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    He suddenly realized he was tired
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    Ready to go home
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    Love the pictures! Your videos won't work though, they are set to private
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    Thanks. I think my privacy on those got changed on accident. I just made them public - does it work now?
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    I also have read everyones updates and new posts. So great to see pics and read about new journeys and being able to ride again, etc.

    In regards to the video about the spooky end of the arena, etc. My trainer has a similar philosophy but no riding 2 yr olds and no spinning in a circle, etc. But to make them work at the place they want to be and give them a break near the place where they dont want to be. Its like fine, you want to go to the gate? We will but you will work. And he also stresses not to point the horse at the thing that is causing the issue b/c it is putting pressure on the horse and if you are pressuring the horse to go near it then he has no escape but if you let him turn his head from it but keep circling closer and closer to the object, eventually you will get there bc he trusts you as you showed him the way.

    Small example - he would keep trying to take me back towards the barn and blow through his shoulder. This is my trainer riding and showing how when we are near the barn he sits down on him, pushing him forward, asking for more. As he goes away from the barn, he gets up in a half seat, relaxes and lets him stretch out more.

    http://youtu.be/J8GZvKOZAxY
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkone View Post
    Here's a video of my Lipizzan mare with 3 months under saddle: http://youtu.be/TRdvxwPqJpE

    She has come such a long way. When I got her she had been out in a big herd so very little human contact. Lots of groundwork and long-lining really helped to get her confidence up. I love this breed..so smart and fun to work with.
    really lovely video/photos! Congratulations!

    our new guy is from as similar background-ranch raised with only basic handling installed--Im so happy with how he is responding to his new home/situation--he seems like he is just delighted to have our attention and tries really hard to do what is asked. He is among the easiest colts Ive ever dealt with (not naughty or tricky) and responds very well to correction with out fuss--just really liking him a lot. He doesn't seem spooky/hot at all but just your average social young horse lacking some confidence/maturity. If he keeps on like this I might just have a keeper on my hands!



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    She looks great!!!

    I have a 2008 lipizzan mare with similar confidence issues. I would love to hear how you worked through your girl's issues...she seems so relaxed!
    Thanks so much luvmydutch! I'll make a list of things I did with her. The main thing was for her to understand that I was the leader and had her back so to speak. I had to be her focus, not the world around her. I think this breed requires more 'feel' as they really need to believe in you. She was a nervous nelly when I got her and I was wondering if I was in over my head :-) My other mare is a push ride and is so level-headed that I hadn't been around nervous, spooky for a long time.



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    Bkkone that would be awesome I really appreciate it. Now that you've gotten through to her do you feel like her spookiness is dissipating? I am in the same boat as you...I was beginning to feel over-faced with my mare because the insecurity in her was so intense. I started doing some desensitizing stuff with her on the ground and transferred it to the long lines and she began improving very quickly, but it got so cold and my footing is trashed so she's just hanging out now. I'd love to hear how you worked through your mare for another perspective from someone who's also been through it Did you buy her at Tempel?



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    KrazyTBmare, I have to laugh at your horse. In your two pictures of going "up the hill", your horse's face is *exactly* the same. Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmydutch View Post
    Bkkone that would be awesome I really appreciate it. Now that you've gotten through to her do you feel like her spookiness is dissipating?
    The spooking is much less and I do feel that in a routine with 6 rides a week she is making great progress. It not as much desensitizing as it is getting her to trust me as the leader. I use a lot of exercises from Carol Resnick's Waterhole Rituals. You might want to look up her site. I also shut the spooking down quick. She is super reactive to sound so if there is something in the bushes she wants to spook. I have to keep her forward, change directions, anything to get her focus back on the work. I think this type of horse can totally learn to use spooking as an evasion too. So I make it not pleasant to be spooky. I think you're on the right track with the groundwork. I'm soooo lucky here in Aiken that our weather rocks in the winter. 72F today and awesome footing



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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Lu View Post
    KrazyTBmare, I have to laugh at your horse. In your two pictures of going "up the hill", your horse's face is *exactly* the same. Exactly.
    ROFL That IS true isnt it? LOL
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    Bkkone, I'd love to read your list as well, my mare sounds wicked similar. Now that I've finally gotten my head out of my behind and realized that I need to be the boss all. the. time. she's actually starting to turn into a real sweetheart and a trier on the ground and in the tack.

    Willow's feet have been pretty long, so I stayed off her until I managed to wrangle my farrier up (why are the best ones so similar to cats?) yesterday. She was a screaming nutbag when she came in, since she was away from her friends. I've started tying her, since her patience is really both of our enemies. It's helping a lot, actually. She can't get in trouble in her stall. I tie her to the wall with baling twine and only in a halter with an leather release. She gets the wiggles, but I just walk away and let her figure it out. When she chills and stands quietly, lots of carrots. She's 100 x's better when I do that! I really need to start making time during the day to go up and separate her so I don't have to keep battling this. My focus this winter has sort of shifted from being really adamant about arena work, to tackling the issues that I've been working around in my desire to get her going under saddle.

    I'm looking at my horse budget this year, and trying to decide if I want to focus more on clinics with one show at the end of the season, or if I want to show more.

    Also, would anybody be interested in a FBgroup for our greenbeans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superminion View Post
    Bkkone, I'd love to read your list as well, my mare sounds wicked similar. Now that I've finally gotten my head out of my behind and realized that I need to be the boss all. the. time. she's actually starting to turn into a real sweetheart and a trier on the ground and in the tack.

    Willow's feet have been pretty long, so I stayed off her until I managed to wrangle my farrier up (why are the best ones so similar to cats?) yesterday. She was a screaming nutbag when she came in, since she was away from her friends. I've started tying her, since her patience is really both of our enemies. It's helping a lot, actually. She can't get in trouble in her stall. I tie her to the wall with baling twine and only in a halter with an leather release. She gets the wiggles, but I just walk away and let her figure it out. When she chills and stands quietly, lots of carrots. She's 100 x's better when I do that! I really need to start making time during the day to go up and separate her so I don't have to keep battling this. My focus this winter has sort of shifted from being really adamant about arena work, to tackling the issues that I've been working around in my desire to get her going under saddle.

    I'm looking at my horse budget this year, and trying to decide if I want to focus more on clinics with one show at the end of the season, or if I want to show more.

    Also, would anybody be interested in a FBgroup for our greenbeans?
    I would be very interested in a greenie RB group!! .



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    Count me in for the greenie FB group!

    On another note, I haven't ridden in a week. Its either been raining or just way too humid to dry out. Things are turning green that shouldn't ever be green (like picnic tables). I did manage to finish my project of building jump standards for the barn/pony club.

    When it finally dries out, I'm going to be experimenting with bits. Criss is in a loose ring french mouth, but it seems like its too "noisy" for him. So we're going to try a fixed cheek (eggbutt or full cheek) with a bean in the middle. If it wasn't for that, I'd be prepping for a show later this month. But now I'm aiming for March.



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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/317586418343153/

    Here y'all go! I have it set to open at the moment, since I'm not 'friends' with a lot of you guys on FB and wanted to make sure you have the chance to add yourselves. I'll close it up in a couple days, just to make sure that everybody has a chance to join. Once you've joined, feel free to add fellow COTHers!
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    Sudden change of plans, I'm showing in 2 weeks! I need to relearn my tests...ugh.

    I was able to ride yesterday since we had a semi-dry day. I changed Criss's bit to a full cheek french mouth. He was a lot steadier and actually wanted to stretch down into it. Granted, he was still being kind of stupid but I think that had more to do with not being ridden in a week. So we're going to stick with the full cheek until I get the JP oval mouth eggbutt I just ordered yesterday. The bit change is what changed my mind about the show. Plus, it can't hurt to just get him out again.



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    Another successful show! But it almost wasn't, since Criss came up lame on Wednesday. He seemed fine when I pulled him out of the pasture to ride that evening. Well as soon as I got on and hit the dirt of the ring, he was really off. Threw him on the lunge line just to see what was going on, and definitely off. At that point, I'm trying not to freak out about him coming up lame right before a show. So I called the vet and put him back out in the pasture.

    The vet came during the day on Thursday, and just as I had suspected, it was an abscess in his right front. And that's when any hope of showing on Saturday disappeared. My BO/trainer graciously offered one of her horses just so I wouldn't lose my show fees. We also let the show secretary know that I was possibly bringing a substitute horse. So I was all set to show the other horse as of Thursday night.

    So I show up to ride the other horse on Friday afternoon, and my friend tells me that Criss was running around in the paddock doing flying lead changes and just generally acting like a goof. So I threw him on the lunge line and, miracle of all miracles, he's sound! Holy crap I get to show him! So I rode him that night with his hoof still wrapped up in duct tape.

    Saturday morning he got a bath (it was 60 degrees or so at 9:30am), finished loading up my stuff, and off we went to the show (yay for afternoon ride times ). We had about a 20 minute warm-up for Intro B. I rode a bit conservatively since I wasn't sure exactly what I had underneath me. We got a 58.75%. Then had about 15 minutes until Intro C, so I pushed him a bit more forward to get his mind thinking that way. It paid off, and we got a 63.0% for Intro C. And to top it off, we got Reserve Champ for the Intro division!

    The judge had a lot of good comments. She said we had some really nice moments when I could keep his attention. Submission is still an issue, but I'm getting more of it at home so eventually that will come through at a show. We definitely had progress over the last show. Mainly that he didn't spook at the judges booth! I'm just so proud of Criss. Now onto the pictures.

    Trot circle
    Some submission
    Yay for going into contact
    He saw the camera but I didn't
    All done!
    Reserve champs!



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    Congrats on a very successful outing, LadyNeon!

    My greenie had a week off last week due to the bone-chilling temps (think -20 to -30 Farenheit), then I went out & rode him Saturday & Sunday. He was a doll, I let him run around in the arena for 5 min beforehand but not much was happening so I brought him back in & massaged him & stretched his hind legs & hopped on and had an awesome ride..... despite him deciding to be the funniest overachiever EVER with this dandy little move:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3p5NWxB9Ao

    The video was taken on the Sunday - friend came prepared with a camera.
    He did it for the first time on Saturday, while i was flatting in my Dressage tack. He jumped me out of the saddle, surprised the heck outta me and got everyone in the arena busting a gut laughing.

    My boy is SPESHUL.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by ASBJumper View Post
    Congrats on a very successful outing, LadyNeon!

    My greenie had a week off last week due to the bone-chilling temps (think -20 to -30 Farenheit), then I went out & rode him Saturday & Sunday. He was a doll, I let him run around in the arena for 5 min beforehand but not much was happening so I brought him back in & massaged him & stretched his hind legs & hopped on and had an awesome ride..... despite him deciding to be the funniest overachiever EVER with this dandy little move:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3p5NWxB9Ao

    The video was taken on the Sunday - friend came prepared with a camera.
    He did it for the first time on Saturday, while i was flatting in my Dressage tack. He jumped me out of the saddle, surprised the heck outta me and got everyone in the arena busting a gut laughing.

    My boy is SPESHUL.....
    I had to watch this twice to figure out what you were talking about. I thought "lovely jump, the sunbeam must be blinding me to the jump". That IS speshul!
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    Congratulations LadyNeon01! I'm glad everything worked out for you guys on Sat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superminion View Post
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    Here y'all go! I have it set to open at the moment, since I'm not 'friends' with a lot of you guys on FB and wanted to make sure you have the chance to add yourselves. I'll close it up in a couple days, just to make sure that everybody has a chance to join. Once you've joined, feel free to add fellow COTHers!
    Hey Superminion, I added myself to your group. Just in case you are wondering who this person is.
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