Monday, June 28, 2010

Pictures part 2










Pictures part 1





Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

WE WON!!

Sorry i don't have any pics or video uploaded yet but i will by Monday or Tuesday. Im tired!!

I was shocked and amazing when my name was called in our division. We were in the Elite catigory(moved from Ground Me because of our challenges), which was for the mustangs going under saddle. But almost half of the mustangs wern't going to be ready to be ridden by the expo so they decided to make a sub catigory for ground only. They gave 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to ridden mustangs(all amazing!) and then we got 1st place out of all the ground work elites!! We won a throphy and prize money, both of which will be coming in the mail. I am just so overwhelmed, and EXCITED to get home and learn as much as i can before next year!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday - obstacle course & Showcase

Here is the video link to our morning obstacle course. He rocked it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNiauu4eVeI



And the Showcase was fab. as well! hegot to show off his skill on the platform and the gate while 6 other horses were around us doing the poles and balls.

Midge got ponied in from a golf cart, then we got to play with the ball, tarp, barrels and a little jump. It was tons of fun! I have video but won't be able to post until after this weekend as my dad has the camera with all that on it.

Tomorrow is our last day of compitition! We have a performance routine at around 10:00am then we just have to sti back and find somone to adopt them!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

We are here!

We arrived at around 4:00pm and got everything settled in. Navy and I walked around and he got to meet a lot of the volunteers. Midge got hadned off to a youth volunteer and they walked her out for me.

From 7:00-9:00 we got to go out and practice for the showcase. LOTS of standing around at the in gate and waiting for your turn to go out to the arena, but they are both taking everything in stride. Nevy is a bit nervous about on the concrete and man-hole covers but is getting used to them.

Neither of the horses like being in their stalls, but i think once they have been in overnight they will settle down more.

Time for bed! LOOONG day tomorrow!




Sunday, June 6, 2010

Trail ride!

Went out on a trail ride yesterday and Nevy ponied along so nicely! CAN"T WAIT FOR THE EXPO!




Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mr. Nevers, superstar

Nevy acting like a baby! I turned my back to talk to a student and when i turned around he was eating the chair! Then he proceded to pick it up and knock it over.


So i don't know how many more blog posts i will be able to squeeze in before the Expo(6 days!!!) but Nevy and i are doing REALLY good! He loads in the trailer, stands, and backs out when i ask. We have gone for a couple rides and over the next week i will take him to a stange place and practice re-loading. He comes when called in the pasture, lead from both sides at the walk a trot. Can do all the basic requirments for the obstacle course, and well as some bonus point things.

As of today i can pick up all four feet for around 3 seconds before he gets fussy. I hadn't really planned on working with the back feet before the expo because he has been REALLY nervous if you do anything past his shoulder. But today we were just hanging out in the arena, he was working on ground tieing while i was teaching a lesson. I figured i should at least see how far down i could take my hand before he got nervous, figuring i would MAYBE make it to his hock. Well, he let me run my hand all the way to his hoof! No fuss, he was ground-tied and to be honest kind of gave me a look like "what took you so long?" So i just kept petting his legs and once he got bored and cocked his foot to rest i just asked to hold it and he gave it to me with no problems! i think i was able to do each foot 10-15 times. So we have 6 more days to practice. We will keep working on that and start getting used to a hoof pick and rasp. Although his feet don't look half bad, he needs his basic farrier care sooner rather than later.


I also have a video of us doing liberty in the round penning, him walking through a lardge mud puddle, and him ponying through some obstacles with my student Camille which i will post later.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

trailering

We did two trips in the trailer down the driveway and 2 trips around the neighborhood. He was very good! Got a little nervous when we would get back and park but knew i wasn't gonna get him out until he mellowed and started eating again. In the next week and 2 days we need to work on loading into the trailer without food, going on longer rides, and loading into a stange trailer. Thankfully our boarder is going to let me use hers. :)


I love him. :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

great day!


Midge being a foot rest. :) My nana was watching Nevy and me practicing our liberty work when Midge wandered over and wanted her neck rubbed.

Having some fun in the round pen.

Two of my students, Camille and Lydia with their cousin. Nevy stood very nicely for a few pictures!

Nevy loading into the trailer! Its a little dark but i think you can see him hanging out in there. He isn't tied up, i just set the lead rope in the window sill.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Practicing some obstacles. :) He is learning to be sent through and over things instead of just following me. He is really getting the hang of it! I was also sending him towards my goats who were out grazing so that he was"chasing them", I think he liked it! And we did more trailer loading, 5 times all the way in and out today!

Thanks to my hubby for designing some fun obstacles for us to play with today!





Monday, May 24, 2010

Nevy is doing so good! He is now out in a paddock with 2 other horses... that DOES mean he has a couple bite mark for the Expo :( but he is SO much happier having buddies. I took of his quick release halter for the first time yesterday, so he is now out with nothing on. He walked right up to me 3 times yesterday and so we just have to see if that continues. Trailering is getting better. He will load his front feet with no trouble, and back out. he gets really nervous if he loads up and then i ask him to turn around and jump out. So i decided to just teach him to back out from the start. He has to go slower and and really listen to be and pay attention to his feet.






nevy roundpenning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

So Nevy is just on a roll! he is really starting to come out of his shell and and is acting more like the 2 y/o he is. He is curious, pushy, piggy, and a bit of a ham. He LOVES bath time, i think its his favorite thing we do. He gets a hose off every day to help with he touch issues. He is very sensitive to touch, flies, the brush etc... so we are bathing and exercising every day to help toughen up his skin a bit.

Saturday we had a playday at the ranch for all my students. So we had about 10 kids and their parents all hanging out and sitting under the tree next to his paddock, or riding around the arena. He paddock is inside the riding arena so everything was going on right around him. He was a little freaked out at first but calmed down pretty quick. After a little while i looked out and saw that one of my older students was actually in the paddock with him and he was standing and letting her pet him! She has a very quiet and calm energy so i think he was able to connect to her quickly. During our lunch break i let her take him out and play around with him in the arena. they did great!

This evening i went out to play with him and i decided to see if he would put at least one foot in the trailer. He is EXTREMELY food motivated so a hopped in with a scoop full of grain and "told" him that if he started to lift a leg or put a foot in the trailer he could have a bite of grain. Well, in less than 5 minutes he was all the way in the trailer. We loaded up twice and will keep practicing EVERY day until the expo. I want to be 200% sure he will be good for the trip, the unloading, and the reloading after the expo.


My little ham! He is becoming more mouthy... which we will work on but for now im just happy that he does show an interest in being a little naughty and playful instead of fear being his dominant emotion. I think he has me around his finger. :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

So Monday was raining and i didn't get to work with him... But Tuesday and yesterday he was a superstar! I started putting a rope halter over his breakaway halter, he learned to lunge on the lead and is really starting to get the "go forward" cue when i point. I can send him over poles, through gates, and between cones. he walks over our box and teeter-totter.

Yesterday he learned how to tie, started learning how to be ponied(by student Lydia riding my AQHA Gelding Cody) and stood at the post eating grain while a student tacked up her horse right next to him. He had made amazing progress just in the past 2 days.

For the first time i actualy feel confident that we will make it to the Expo. woo hoo!





Friday, May 7, 2010

Midget the coolest pony ever

SOOOOO cute!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nevy Update


Well, for the past week Nevy had been getting more and more lame. All this time i have been thinking he pulled a muscle. it would have made sense with the way he spooks and runs around his paddock... Well yesterday i talked on the phone with his vet (Dr.Mike, who is awesome!) and we ran through the possibilities of is injury and along with many nasty and long term things Dr Mike also mention it could be a hoof abscess. Well sure enough! this afternoon it burst at the front of his hoof at the cornary band and i couldn't have been happier! he went from almost 3 legged lame to walking soundly in a matter of minutes! So now its just the matter of it draining and staying clean, which will difficult considering i can't handle his legs yet. But it is definetly managable and good news!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Midges first Trail ride!


Midge and Jacob in the tack room getting carrots. :) The first time i took her inside she was a bit nervous... but then realized the drawer of my desk is always full of snacks!

We took Midge out on the trails Saturday and she was awesome. Trailered great, was pretty good about crossing a couple small creeks, though at the big one she jumped it and ran into Sonny's butt, and did great being ponied by my gelding Sonny(ridden in the pics by our boarder and client Andrea)

After her bath yesterday. :) She doesn't like the water so we have been doing lots of bathes and and she is getting better.