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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:55 pm

I found the box! The lights are flat LED Flood lights 200 Watts, 2000 lumens.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby StraightForward » Sun Aug 22, 2021 1:42 am

Thanks! I'll have to see if there are any affordable solar options that put out that much.
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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Dapple Field » Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:16 am

Thank you so much !!

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:40 pm

I've pulled out the pivo again and shot some more of Brandon. I posted some of what I had from Wednesday in the training forum when my 'upgraded' pivo decided not to cooperate. This is from yesterday, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77fPnrDR3dE&t=8s
Please excuse the herky jerky moments. At least my pivo can keep track of me.

Brandon is still rooting at the reins but it's far better especially since he's no longer sticking his tongue out or openly evading the bit. He's still not 100% accepting the contact but it's definitely improving. He is pretty solid disposition-wise. The neighbor's kids were playing in their tree house which is right next to our fence and their dog was trying to play with mine. As a result, there were blasts of running dogs, screaming kids, launching 'war-fare' and bursts of sand in the air which never phased Brandon. Tempo, balance, acceptance of the contact and strength are all things we're working on at the moment. Resistance is more to me asking him to step into the outside rein and/or bend his body <gasp> so some of his moments of 'throw the head up and say ugh is due to me trying to leg yield him before asking for canter and/or just move off one leg into a rein. We also still have a few moments where he runs and refuses to accept a half-halt so the ugly, 'you won't blow through my aids moments' occur. I usually ride him twice a week in the arena and twice a week out on the trails. It seems to be a decent balance. I've started him over poles as well. He's more of a true 'stinker' than Junior but that may be more age than anything else. You'll see in the video he keeps his tail to the left. I know that is often an indication of a weaker side which does show (mostly moments of rein lameness, not stepping through) but he holds his tail to left even when he's eating........first horse of mine to do that. I'd be discouraged but that's what's nice for me to have this thread to come back to and compare to almost one year ago :)

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:35 pm

We hit another milestone today! Brandon hauled out alone to his first real dressage riding lesson. He loaded like a champ and was very level-headed during his lesson. My instructor felt like we got some very lovely moments and decent work done. It appears as if Brandon is growing up :)

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Chisamba » Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:54 pm

nice

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sat Jan 22, 2022 1:37 am

Brandon is beginning to test the boundaries a bit but still overall is a pretty good character. His mouth is quieter; but we still have our moments especially resisting one rein or the other. His canter is getting better too though today we had a few blips of taking the wrong lead because he still doesn't fully respect my right leg - bending still somewhat elusive yet he'll leg yield at walk and trot and turn on the forehand. He needs to build strength which I think is why he's beginning to duck behind the bit a little and/or do a little curling. For the most part though I am able to keep him up and open. We're still trying to find the right tempo at trot and canter and like most greenies he thinks leg means faster so we're sorting that out too. You know bending, finding our balance, riding into the connection.....it's all tough stuff for a baby horse. I measured Brandon today too. He's 15.1 hands now and doesn't turn 5 officially until mid June.

So here goes.....it's long as I haven't had a chance to edit this yet so it really does contain the good, the bad and the downright ugly. It even includes when Pivo lost us........his first attempt at a real trot stretch circle.......you'll have to take my word that it wasn't too shabby.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKy0gBnCMus

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Lipsmackerpony88 » Sat Jan 22, 2022 8:00 pm

Thanks for sharing Exvet. It's always good to see Brandon's progress. Especially like to watch how quiet and calm you are even during the fussing moments. Something to emulate for sure.

Lynx and Brandon are almost the same age. Lynx officially turns 5 in the beginning of June. Right now he's losing a lot of teeth And I think the vet said his canines just erupted? I can't remember the timeline of when all that stuff happens so maybe it wasn't as recent. Either way I know he's got a lot going on in his mouth right now. The eventing trainer actually tried him in a happy mouth bit and though he went better. I'm going to try it on Sunday but I also think that he kind of just has to get through this teething process a little bit to really know. He's not bad, just a little more distracted/, fussy than normal.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby demi » Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:51 am

Thanks for posting that, exvet. I thoroughly enjoyed watching. Brandon is going to be a neat, neat dressage hony! Watching you work him makes me want to go out and ride.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:09 pm

Thank you for the support you two. Despite his resistances and times when he gives the middle hoof, he carries far less tension in his body compared to Junior. He is so much easier to get to work over his back. I am a bit surprised that he has as much power at the canter as he does currently. It's nice in that I can already feel where the jump is going to come from when I need to start to work on collection with him (a long time down the road). LSP, Brandon's bitting issues have improved but he's still dealing with erupting canines. I simply chose 6 months ago when my friend came over and did his dental (and confirmed so many suspicions for me) that I simply wouldn't sweat it. Of course, I'll keep up his dental care; but the growing pains are not something I can control. I do find though that the big fat D ring snaffle is still his preferred bit. The work with Brandon isn't going to be much different from that with Junior - focus on balance and suppling. For Brandon it's going to be more lateral suppling that is needed.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Lipsmackerpony88 » Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:27 pm

Exvet, yes Brandon looks very nice despite the occasional fussing! He will really be so nice.

It sounds like you just kind of ignore the fussing about his mouth for now? I think that sounds like a good option. I had Lynx in a D ring snaffle but it had copper rollers in the bars. Not Dressage legal but he was going well enough. Now not so. I definitely want to try a few other things, although this might just be a phase with the teeth. Regardless, I need to switch bits eventually anyway.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:16 pm

Fortunately, or not (LOL) I have a plethora of bits. I tried several before settling on this one. I do ignore the fussing and do my best to maintain position and requests for forward into a receiving hand. I try not to react or fight or go backward with the hand but there are times, not often, where Brandon does need to be reminded that he can and will run into a fixed hand if he gets belligerent. If he's nice then I try to be nice, soft and receiving. There's always a point especially with the green ones where the boundaries have to be outlined very clearly. If you do so successfully and effectively such times are few and far between and may never have to be repeated. It's taken me some time and experience to realize that fussing with my hands will not fix a fussy mouth so when I have babies/green horses that are fussing and trying to figure things out I try to just NOT react. I think for your horse a different bit is appropriate just realize it might not be total nirvana until his teeth are done erupting.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Anne » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:34 am

Wow, Brandon is looking much more mature and strong than the last video I watched (a few months back??). I didn't watch all your current video, but he seems less fussy and much more balanced. So good to follow your progress!

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Lipsmackerpony88 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 2:39 pm

Thank you Exvet. Unfortunately a lot of the bits I got are much too big for Lynx. But I do think he went better in the happy mouth yesterday. But I do agree that it will be hard to tell true bit preference since he's probably not going to be 100% in his mouth for a little while.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Tue May 10, 2022 1:41 am

Here is a video of Brandon's training level test 1 (from Saturday)- first time he and I have ever ridden this test (I've never practiced it with him but I have ridden this test or the older version (longer free walk back then) a few times in the previous test cycle. Given the wind and the flapping tents and the fact that he's never ridden in a dressage court with the white borders, I was very please with him. Definitely lots to improve on and a couple of mistakes but he's not going to anyone else's barn if I can help it ;)

https://youtu.be/2muem1srWak

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Lipsmackerpony88 » Tue May 10, 2022 1:45 pm

Wow Exvet. Besides the few little bobbles, Brandon looks very grown up compared to a few months ago! Very good test, I'm impressed. Especially with the flapping tents.

Do you care to share what kind of scores you got on his gaits? I'm just trying to learn :)

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Wed May 11, 2022 1:12 pm

In the test on the video Brandon scored a 7 on gaits; but the Intro C test I rode before it (where he thought the white railing was somewhat suspect and had even more tension) I received a 6.5. For reference (and you can see it in the video thread) Junior scored a 6 on gaits with the word 'walk' underlined in his third level tests with the same judge. Thankfully Brandon is blessed with the street hooker walk.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Lipsmackerpony88 » Wed May 11, 2022 1:56 pm

Nice! Thank you Exvet. You guys look so good. I always like to watch your videos for good inspiration.

I think Lynx scored 6.5 on gaits overall but just schooling shows, especially with an L judge. With an S judge we got a 7 on gaits in one test which I thought was very generous lol!! His walk is definitely a weak gait but there can be a nice walk in there I can just get access to it...

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Fri Jun 17, 2022 9:30 pm

Took Brandon over to the show venue. There was A LOT going on and he was a little tense at first. They were still setting up so there were forklifts, tractors, water trucks, drags, tons of horses and very narrow stabling quarters. I walked him around all the arenas in hand as well as taking him inside those I could get into due to the traffic. He seemed to settle a little despite calling out a bit. Even though I could tell he still wasn't sure what to make of it all, I decided to tack him up and ride in the arenas that we're showing in tomorrow. I have a 8:45 Am ride in front of Hilda Gurney in the big equidome which can be a little intimidating to horses. He did okay. I couldn't really school in there due to the number of FEI riders that were practicing; but, I was able to walk him around inside and outside the court. He didn't really shy or spook at anything; so, we moved on to the arena we're showing in tomorrow afternoon. I trotted him around trying to negotiate the traffic. There were several horses schooling higher figures and Brandon took it in stride when they passed. I finally was able to canter him in the warm up which he was good about picking up both leads. He was a little fussy in the bridle but that probably had to do with his tension and the venue though I will confess I just had his saddle re-flocked (picked it up Tuesday) so he may be adjusting to that as well. I still haven't had an opportunity to run through training level test 2 with him but I was riding it on Junior in the wee hours this morning (at home) just so I could refresh my memory of it. My goal is to simply give Brandon a good experience and confidence. I don't expect to score well but if we get some moments of relaxation and make it through the test without any unscheduled dismounts or eliminations it will all be good :) Not too sure if we will get pictures or video tomorrow but if we get any evidence of Brandon's first recognized dressage show I'll post it here.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:16 pm

I posted more details about my rides at the show yesterday in the training forum. Here I'm going to focus more on the horse. Brandon is a very level headed horse. I couldn't ask for a more solid citizen in such new, different and definitely chaotic surroundings. His tension button gets manifested in his mouth - more severe rooting, all out resistance to the bit at times interspersed with reminders of his training progress where he comes on the bit nicely, politely and with true submission. I had his saddle reflocked and back by Tuesday of this past week and when I used it during the week he seemed to like it - nice quiet rides with submission. So I do think the training is coming along but I have this idiosyncrasy to deal with as we move up the levels or his apple cart gets upset by something in his environment. So the good news, is that I think the answer (having been down this path) is simply more miles. With covid and several of our barns closing or changing ownership, schooling shows have almost become a thing of the past. I guess the one big victory I can claim is that I took a green as grass just turned 5 year old to a 4 star venue and we didn't scratch, get eliminated or demonstrate any dangerous behavior. With the miles I'm going to need to establish more willingness to bend, better balance at the canter as well as more stamina and a warm up routine that more or less doubles as a security blanket. If I can meet those goals, I think our scores will sky-rocket at subsequent shows. It would help if we had more schooling shows in this area but I won't be holding my breath. Unfortunately due to the indoor venue, pictures are blurry or at least very grainy. I'm going to post some of our 'better' moments but all in all I'm glad I went. I'm very glad I limited it to just the one day (as for the showing part) and I'm ecstatic I was able to pick up this guy from his breeder when I did.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:21 pm

Here's a couple more just because,

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby khall » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:51 pm

Lovely Exvet. That is a huge intimidating atmosphere. Glad Brandon handled it all so well.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:44 am

Thank you khall. I think most didn't realize he is as young as he is. Hopefully I succeeded in building his confidence so that the next go round is a piece of cake......well I can dream.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby Chisamba » Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:54 am

That stretch to contact in the walk in that atmosphere is to die for!

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby piedmontfields » Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:12 am

Very impressive debut for this lovely young fellow. Well done, exvet.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby demi » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:39 pm

Nice update, Exvet!! You and Brandon are quite an exciting pair to follow. He sure is showing a lot of dressage potential and very handsome to boot.

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Re: HTBF Colonel Brandon

Postby exvet » Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:30 am

Thanks everyone. Rode Brandon this morning and he's definitely got a really nice canter lurking underneath. He's still very cheeky; but, then that's the type a gravitate towards. Talked to my new instructor this morning during my lesson on Junior. I told her that this area used to be great for tons of schooling shows and learning opportunities but that isn't true anymore. She too had to take a horse for it's first time out to the show last weekend. So she's going to see if their barn manager is open to the idea of an evening schooling show later this summer. Hopefully we can get something put together. I sure would like the opportunity to get Brandon down the centerline a few more times in venues where the stakes aren't so high.


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