Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I want a mini horse.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I just love this little mare! I hope i can find the PERFECT home for her when i am done with her training. If not... she can stay :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think it will work out greatly, and i can't wait to go visit in a couple months to see how they are getting along!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
First, a Kini update.
She is doing really well!! over the past couple weeks we have gone from leadrope off, to being caught WITH another horse in her paddock(that was very hard as she would just hide behind the other horse), then a few days later i took the halter off. Next step was moving to a bigger paddock. Now, by this point she was pretty easy to catch. When i go out to get her she quickly walks away, then turns and watches me. Once i start walking up to her she tries to leave but i block her and after about a couple seconds she just walks to me. i only have to do that little "dance" 1 or 2 times now and then i can put the halter on. HUGE improvement! So she spent time in a large paddock for about 2 days, and then i decided to take the risk and see if i would be able to put her out in the pasture(1 acre+-) with all the other horses and her still be catchable... SHE IS! She has been is the pasture for a week and is doing great! Now that catching isn't the "lesson" we are starting to work on ground work. She lets me pick up her front feet, brush her(but hates it) and she will back up and move her front half from pressure. May is just going to be spending doing every ground exercise i can think of with her, then in June i hope to start round pen/saddle breaking work. But of course... its all up to her. :)
Well this got long... i think i will stop here and do Part 2 of the update later. :)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So it has been a little over a week. She is currently in a small paddock, still wearing the halter and lead, which i HATE but it is the only way to catch her. If i walk up to her and try to pet her before picking up the lead then she will spook away. Poor girl... I think someone really abused her in the past because as soon as i get close to her she starts trembling and leans her body as far away as she possibly can. We are making TONS of progress though, and i think we are only a couple days away from taking the lead rope off.
Oh and she is TINY! I will be able to ride her.... but i think she is probably only 14.2 or so. She is going to need a little owner!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sometimes i want to quit being my own boss and work for someone else...
oh yeah... i will write an update on my new filly soon, as soon as i get pics of her!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tomorrow i will take pictures and i will see if i can touch/catch her!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
On another GREAT note! I was able to help out the lovely lady that runs the N.Cali chapter of http://canterusa.org/california/ They turned out a 3y/o filly into a 5acre pasture and then couldn't catch her. She was being a very stuborn lil filly! So i offered my time this weekend and was able to consistently catch and handle this filly, then show the lady my methods for catching her. It was a very fun experience, and i hope to help them with training in the future as well! Check out the website, the filly is ADORABLE!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
speaking of 4 horses... i am off to ride a couple of them. :)
Friday, March 20, 2009
I had a HUGE breakthough with a horse that has been in training with me for 10 months. He was been making good progress BUT i REALLY think we are on the right track now! Yay. :)
I will have 2 new working students starting next week, and possibly 2 more the week after. I love teaching horse crazy girls.
My baby horse finaly got a couple rides this week, and he was fab! Once the trails dry out i hope to get him out every weekend. He is going to be SUCH an awesome trail horse.
and i want this cutie! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/grd/1084569132.html
or her! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/grd/1081656918.html my hubby would FLIP if i got her... He wants a big horse SO BADLY.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I also met a Lady today that has a couple horses she wanted me to ride, but can't afford to pay me. She offered to board one of my horses but i don't want him in a stall. She has a lovely stallion she wants me to ride, as well as a filly from him. I am actually REALLY sad i have to turn her down. :( I could see it being a great opportunity to network and expand my bussiness as she is very conected to the western comunity in this area. Too bad she can't pay me. :( I suppose i would be CRAZY to ride for free... but if i had time i would be TOTALY willing!
Lots to think about. :/
Last thing... Does anyone have any feedback on a supplement called "Navilam O"?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sometime i wish i was at a larger ranch so i didn't have to turn away any horses... I board/train at my parent's ranch and we have a strict limit of 10 horses, with only 3 that are in f/t training. but i do have too admit its nice not having to deal with barn politics or anything. I just have to work hard and drive a lot to keep a good amount of horses.
So if you know of anyone in my area needing some training... :) www.HensleyRanch.com
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Lets start with the blanket ON the horse.
Keep your horse UNTIED(but make sure you have control if they spook/move), this way if they DO spook they don't feel trapped.
Start with the back leg straps. If you can safely unclip them both from one side do so, or walk around and do the second.
Next do the belly buckle(s).
Now you have 2 choices, take the blanket off over their head, or off their back.
BACK:Start with the bottom chest buckle, then the top. Now reach back and grasp the blanket right above the horse tail, pull up to the withers. Now the blanket should be all bunched at the withers/shoulder. Slip your arm underneath the blanket and slowly slide off the horse.
HEAD:Same as above but don't unbuckle the chest buckles.
ALL DONE! Now to put the blanket back on, just repeat the instructions backwards.
The reason I ALWAYS do the back legs first and the chest last is because horse tend to panic more easily when things get caught in their back legs. But i havn't seen any big spooks if the blanket slips around thier shoulders or chest.
I would love to hear others thoughts!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I did have a lovely ride on my baby(5y/o) horse yesterday. I hadn't ridden him in over a month, but just hopped on and had some great walking a trotting. That little guy is worth every penny spent on him! I bought him SUPER green broke at the age of 3 and he was a stallion. i had him gelded a few month later. He is a VERY well bred QH, ready to do reining or cutting, but don't have the money for a trainer quite yet. So right now i let my students ride him, and i am starting him on the trail, which he LOVES. We saw deer on our first ride out and he just stared at them, then tried to follow them into the bushes. I LOVE MY BABY.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
So they show up 30 minutes late (!!!) walk up to me said, "i bought a horse!" OH DEAR. mom has MINIMAL horse experience, the daughter is only 10, and now they OWN a horse! Now i have 3 more lessons to teach this girl everything i can think of. She is a smart girl, a quick learner, and i hope i will expand her horse handling skills appropriately.
People like this are gonna give me grey hairs too soon.