HTBF Colonel Brandon

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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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