Class of 2013?

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby khall » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:47 pm

Ponichiwa congratulations on cantering Queso! Having a cantering machine for a dressage horse is a very good thing:) Good luck on the saddle shopping, aka saddle hell:/

Red's mom wow so sorry to hear of your accident! Ouch, Red very much had a reason to spook, not sure if any horse could handle a ladder following them around.

Glad Maia is healing well. Hope the trailer situation resolves without anymore accidents.

Anne glad Fergal is doing well and I do like that series you posted. Very much.

My filly is a year younger than you all's horses. She is ready to get on now waiting for clinician to give me a hand. The problem with having horses at home and doing everything yourself. I don't have any grounds help.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby kande50 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:36 pm

Red's Mom wrote:
I will do my best to keep updating and commenting on this thread. I will also try to figure out the photo posting as I have tons of photos!!!!!


Just when we think we're aware of every possible thing that could ever go wrong, we find out there are new and different ones. What rotten luck to get hooked on a ladder. :-{

The difficult part with photos is that they have to be small enough (less than 200KB, maybe)? So most photos have to be edited down before they'll attach.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Red's Mom » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:13 am

Somehow, I will have to figure out how to post photos! Khall, I understand completely aboutnot having ground help. I also keep my horses at home. My husband is pretty good about helping out, but he can't just be there all the time. I took up driving a few years ago, and that requires grounds people even more than riding does.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Anne » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:05 am

Red's Mom - yowee, what an awful accident, I really hope you heal up quickly. But super nice to hear of your huge progress with Red!

Heddy - we are in parallel with the trailer loading, yesterday Fergal got all 4 feet into the truck for a moment before turning and coming down the ramp. He is very leery of the truck, but gaining confidence, I've done many short sessions over the last few days, and this morning he pretty much marched up to the top of the ramp, 2 feet inside, and repeated this a good few times, so we left it there for today. I just have to let him have time to think it through.

Khall, looking forward to your updates on Joplin, how exciting to be coming up to that first 'ride'.

Here's Fergal this morning checking that his buddies are still within cooee, while he is being such a brave boy standing (nearly) in the truck.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Sue B » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:24 pm

Happy to see so much progress on this thread. Red's Mom, so sorry to hear of your accident; I hope you heal quickly so you can start enjoying your horse again. Tio is chronologically too old for this thread but maybe he can slip in under the mental clause. He was progressing really well. On the other thread i even posted a video of us "jumping", but I too got side-lined by parting ways with the big lug. Yesterday, I watched him do in the pasture what he most likely did that day in the arena, and I am glad I did not get hurt more seriously. In both incidents, he was cantering, made a quick sideways move which caused him to tangle his front feet, almost somersaulting over his nose. He then catches himself, gets back up on all 4 feet and then does a HUGE celebratory buck, flinging both hind legs high overhead such that he's almost doing a straight up handstand! :shock: I don't feel so dumb about falling off now. Anyhow, I look forward to maybe riding by November first; assuming, of course, I'll be able to carry a saddle by then. Here's the link to me and Tio 2 weeks before I fell off.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Red's Mom » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:27 pm

Yesterday, I started walking without crutches! I can walk around the house with them, but can't do stairs or anything horsey. Sorry to hear about your fall, Sue! What did you hurt? I thought I pulled a groin muscle, but when I saw the doctor, he had me get X-rays, and it was shown that I had fractured my pelvis. I was surprised by that. What hurts worse than whatever I did on the last fall, is my lower back pain. That started years ago, but I have been trying to ignore it. Since my scan found that I have" severe lower back facet arthropathy" I am convinced I can't ignore it anymore, and I am going to see about getting help.
Sue, I loved your video. That is something I can do, post video! That seems to be easier for me than posting photos. Tio is a real beauty. He is quite well built! How tall is he?

My trainer has agreed to take Red to a dressage schooling show that I was supposed to take him to on Oct 14th. He is going to ride T1 and T2.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Sue B » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:48 pm

Red's mom, I did not go to the doctor but will try to convince DH to shot a film or two before I ride so I don't do something stoopid. I landed almost flat on my back, so my sacrum is messed up and I have some extra pain around L2/L3 or so which affected my quad strength for a bit. It did feel like I broke my pelvis when I was laying there sorting out what was hurt, but when Tio made me get up and I could sort of walk, I figured pelvis was basically ok. :lol: My lower back already looks like someone ran it over with a mack truck from previous injuries (horses and skiing) so I don't worry about it too much except to maintain a very strong core. Did docs give you any pt you can do?

Tio is 16.1 or so and built like a brick s***house but surprisingly comfy to ride. He turned 7 this summer. I was supposed to be taking jumping lessons this fall, but oh well. I do plan on building some jump standards over the winter so I can play more next year.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:09 pm

Ouch, Red's Mom and Sue B. I hope you both heal quickly.

Weekly update from me and Queso: we're canterin' fools. We're also longe-free fools after I took a gamble and got on cold one day for a trail ride and nobody died (or even got close).

On the cantering front, I had a bit of a "duh" moment. He struggles to pick up the correct lead to both directions... which had me a bit flummoxed until I realized he just doesn't have the strength and balance to pick up the canter on the correct lead with correct bend (which, yeah, I've been kind of greedy about). Once I figured out that a little bit of counter bend = correct lead every time, the light bulb went on. So I'll be letting him stay a bit counterflexed until he steps into the canter and then we'll develop some true flexion.

I've been riding him in Kiwi's saddle, which is how I learned that my little Mack-truck of a QH is actually narrower than my GRP. So Kiwi is now on a weight loss plan and Queso is on the weight gain train.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:27 am

Ponichiwa wrote: Once I figured out that a little bit of counter bend = correct lead every time, the light bulb went on. So I'll be letting him stay a bit counterflexed until he steps into the canter and then we'll develop some true flexion.


After 3-4 months of counterflex into canter, Maia's leaping into the correct lead now. She's still all legs every direction once we're cantering :roll: but the departs are pretty solid. Now we're counter bending while cantering, which keeps her balanced :D

ETA the whole point (rolling eyes at myself): we're on the slow learning curve. By January we should be able to canter a normal, fairly balanced circle.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:40 pm

Great reading about everyone's progress (except for the unscheduled dismounts - ouch!).

Cross-posting from Annabelle's separate thread in the training forum, a little video from our lesson yesterday. We are pulling off a respectable training level test now, and putting together some basic lateral work. Next up is getting a little more serious about jumping (by which I mean graduating from x-rails to 2' verticals).

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ironbessflint » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:58 pm

Well, I'd better jump back into this thread too! My little guy was started very lightly with just a few weeks going W/T under saddle the fall of 2016, with plans to get him going last summer. EPM had other plans, but he came through that with a complete recovery. About two weeks after we got the green light to go back to work, he gashed his head on something, and needed 30 stitches right behind his ear at the poll, and couldn't wear a bridle. At which point I gave up until spring :lol:

I sat on him once over winter and he was a gem, but I was a chicken so I sent him out to be re-started this spring. All was going great, and he was learning to canter and going pretty well when I brought him home in July. At which point I discovered that the gal who had been working him did nearly everything in a round pen, and in a larger arena he literally had NO CLUE how to stand up, balance, or turn without walls. So we've been working on that with lunging and long lining OFF THE RAIL, and just a few rides. Because I figure if he can't stand up on his own, he's sure not going to balance with me up there, so not much point in riding other than to remind him he knows how to be ridden. It's slowly getting better. And then my mare needed surgery and he took the back burner again while I took care of her.

So he was lunged yesterday for something like the first time in two months. One minor temper tantrum, but otherwise he was pretty darn good. I've got high hopes for REALLY getting him going this winter, and maybe getting him out to some shows next summer! But I hesitate to make plans, lest he ruin them :twisted:

Proof that he can be ridden and that I have actually sat on him:
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Sue B » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:06 pm

Ironbessflint, your journey sounds an awful like my journey with Tio. :lol: That's why I have a baby green 7 year old! Love your pictures and am jingling this winter/spring is fruitful training-wise.

ETA: LOve the matchy-matchy.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby khall » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:13 pm

Very cute little guy Ironbessflint! Yes horses are good at throwing monkey wrenches into any plans we might make!!

SF I did not comment on the training thread, I will here though! You have gotten Annabelle going very well! Her trot looks amazing:) How much do you think jumping has helped her with the canter? Wondering if I need to visit it with my mare Gaila (who is quite a bit older but needs more strength in her canter). It's been years since I've jumped but I have good friends who do so, thought about hauling her up there for them to put her over fences some.

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Postby StraightForward » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:15 pm

Hopefully he has his quirks ironed out and is ready to be a big horse now. Annabelle went through a series of things like that last year, and *knock wood* seems to have gotten it out of her system. I am also loving the blue. Is that the Midnight blue LeMieux pad/polos?
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:19 pm

khall wrote:SF I did not comment on the training thread, I will here though! You have gotten Annabelle going very well! Her trot looks amazing:) How much do you think jumping has helped her with the canter? Wondering if I need to visit it with my mare Gaila (who is quite a bit older but needs more strength in her canter). It's been years since I've jumped but I have good friends who do so, thought about hauling her up there for them to put her over fences some.


Thanks! I don't jump her a lot, so I can't say it's improved her canter. Mostly she was very crooked and needed the mileage under saddle so I could start getting control of her body parts and straightening her. However, if you remember my previous mare, Maya, she had NO canter when I got her, and jumping helped her immensely. Grids of cross rails will do the trick, there's no need to be a crazy jumper to do enough to get results. I think even cantering over ground poles is helpful because they learn to adjust the stride and be mindful of where their feet are.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:35 pm

It's finally feeling like fall where we are-- a little crisp, a little nippy, a little chill in the evenings. As a result, yesterday's ride was LET'S CANTER EVERYWHERE. I think Queso thought he was being a bit naughty, but his canter is so balanced I just let it happen. And it happened everywhere.

In other fall news, Queso became a mud ball. I'll post a picture later. It's actually impressive.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby piedmontfields » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:03 pm

Great updates!

Yes, need a photo of the Queso-mudball.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Ponichiwa » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:24 pm

Just. Why, Queso? Why?

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But he was so proud of himself.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Imperini » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:12 pm

Haha he's still super handsome even with his mud accents

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby heddylamar » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:12 pm

That's a lovely mud pack, Queso!


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