Wanted to get some good confo shots of Rodeo today, because as Im sure you know, I take photos at least once a month to compare how Rodeo is growing. Well I couldnt get a shot to save my life! It was awful, he wanted to follow me, or eat the grass or just not even pay attention. So basically, I just ended up bringing him out to pasture for the night and that was it.
Brought my mom out to see Rodeo today. I decided to hop on him bareback with a halter and two lead ropes. He was great, walked nice and forward, and we even ventured out of the arena and rode around it. It took me a little bit to get my balence once again, but once I got it it was great!! I convinced my mom to hop on him too! She has never been on a horse before, and Rodeo hasnt had anyone on him besides me. She hopped on, and he stood there, and she got her seat a little bit. Asked her if she wanted to move forward a few steps and she said she did, took one step and she said that that was enough and that she would try again with a saddle. Rodeo did great though! Beyond proud of how he is doing!
Hubby and I were in the area, so we decided to stop by and visit Rodeo. He couldnt believe how big Rodeo has grown, all we did was take Rodeo out and groom him. He was really good though, and he just eats it up and stands there.
Got to the barn today and there were 4 people tacked up and ready to ride. So I tacked Rodeo up and off we went. He was great, he tripped a little bit more than usual but I think that may just be because he needs his feet done, which the farrier is coming out July 4th. On the way back I took a different way, to break off from the group so I could get him used to going off on our own if and when we need to in the future. He hollered a bit, but he went on and we beat the other horses to the barn. After that all of us went to look at a potential new barn to board at. Im hoping that we can all board there and keep the same horses, or as many of the horses from the barn together.
Didnt do too much with Rodeo today. I lunged him a bit, and then gave him a good grooming but that was it. Got a notice today that the barn will be shutting down Jan 1st 2013. So have to start looking for a new place here shortly as I dont want to leave it to the last minute. I was toying with the idea of bringing him home once again, so we will see how that goes.
Went to the barn today and there were a few other people there, and we all decided to go on a nice trail ride. I wasnt sure how it was going to go as the one horse we were going with is aggressive and unpredictable with some other horses. And with Rodeo kicking out at Pumpkin the last time, I was unsure on how he was going to be. We ended up going around the trail that goes around the farm, and then we ventured even further out and went to the trainer's next door, we continued and ended up going around one of the many fields past the trainers!! Rodeo was amazing!! The two horses would trot off here and there, and he just kept a steady walk going, was phased about the other horses trotting off at all. On the way back, we were in the middle, and the horse behind us had a big spook, Rodeo spooked and started to move forward, and I stopped him, and he was perfectly fine, settled down instantly. We stood there for probably about 5min or so talking, and he was happy to stand there and get a break! If he is like this every ride, I will never complain about anything he does!! Perfect ride, perfect day on a perfect horse!
Tacked up Rodeo and we ventured out on our own trail ride today! He was great! Didnt have any issues. We didnt go around the entire trail as I didnt want to ask for too much, but he was great! After the ride was over, I untacked him and gave him a good grooming. Hes looking great!
There were a bunch of people at the barn this morning, and I was excited about it all. One girl decided she would ride around with me for a little bit, so I went and grabbed Rodeo and tacked him up and got him ready to go! We walked around the arena once or twice before the girl was done tacking her horse up, and she came out and we went off! We just went around the trail that goes around the barn a few times. Rodeo was pretty good for the most part. Not only was this his first trail ride, but it was also his first time out with another horse! That was interesting!! Every time he got behind her, he would get almost excited like a stud about to cover a mare would....but when he was next to her he was fine. As the ride continued he ended up moving up, and kicking out at her for no reason what so ever, so that was strange. But after that, and after a few episodes of unexplained backing up, he was great! And really considering how many things were going on, how hot it was, and how long I was on him, he was awesome! He did throw in a few pathetic bucks, and a little half rear, not that Im complaining about them being small, but I feel super secure on him to be honest with you. I dont know what it is, it just feels right!! After the ride, I untacked him and sprayed him down with the hose. Planning on going tomorrow with Starbucks and his owner!
As I pulled into a parking spot a horse tacked up, no rider comes galloping into the barn. Of course I always wear sandals to the barn and put my boots on once I get there, well as I was getting ready to put my boots on the trainer next door comes galloping up on a horse ponying Starbucks, the horse I trail ride on, and one of Rodeo's pasture mates up to me. I grab him, go into the barn untack both horses and start to cool them off. I called the owner of the first horse, Lilly, and she said all was fine they had just fallen off and the horses ran off. The trainer next door told me that he found Starbucks galloping down the highway and had to chase him down to catch him. So needless to say, I didnt have a whole lot of time with Rodeo today. Lilly's owner is pretty banged up but nothing broken, as for the woman on Starbucks, I was told she broke her arm.
After all the chaos started to slow down, I went and got Rodeo and decided as much as I would love to ride, today probably just isnt a good day to do so. So I lunged him a bit, took him for a short walk, and then ended up hopping on him bareback with his halter and lead. He was really good! Forward as anything, but great!
As many of you know, my two year old APHA/TB Rodeo has been lightly started under saddle and is going great! Many of you also know that ground work has been the focus of his training since Day 1. Well this past week he's been awful. Monday when I went out, he was just so full of himself on the lunge that it was like we had to start everything over just to get to where we should be. He wasnt respecting me at all, so we had a little discussion that day, and by the end of it he was much much better!
Well today I go out, and decide heck, you havent even tried to get out of the arena in a good 9months! So I decided to free lunge him in the arena. He was doing great, we were working on transitions, changing directions, slowing down, speeding up, ect, ect. Well about 30min or so into it he decided that enough was enough and that he would jump out of the arena.
The "gate" to the arena is a PVC pipe, which last time he got out he jumped, knocked over, tripped over it, and proceeded into the barn. Knowing that there would be a possibility of him trying this again, I decided to put a few barrels up in front of him to discourage him from jumping it, well apparently those barrels didnt mean a thing. They actually made things worse.
He cantered up to it, jumped it, cleared everything with his front legs, and got tripped up, and then hung up on the PVC pipe with his back legs....he got his legs over it, and trotted into the barn and into his stall. I went and got him, brought him into the wash room and immediantly started to cold hose him. I put sprayed some antibacterial, antifungal, and healing spray on him before I left, and he was walking normal, nothing was hot, the marks look like rug burns.
Im sure it could have been a lot worse if I had panicked, but I stayed cool, calm, and relaxed. Well on the bright side of the day, I got a great join up and he stood like a rock for hosing him down....so that's a plus!!
But my gosh, I don't know what has gotten into this boys head lately!!
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