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Hooray! Someone actually reads this!

Seriously, I think Lisa and Anna are the only people who actually read this darn thing (except Claire, who didn’t give a hoot about olives and Sandy, who is still waiting for me to call her about getting horses online). So, to the four of you out there, thank you. It’s not easy coming up with something to say that doesn’t offend just about everybody.

So. The latest. The new guys are coming along. Do they lunge beautifully? No. I am not that good. Are they going in circles and paying as much attention as their personalities allow? Yep. Still haven’t gotten anyone totally out on the circle. Roy will start, and do a pretty good job of walk/trot, but as soon as I say “Whoa!” he hightails it into the center of the ring and stops inches in front of me. Okaaaay, technically correct, but… A for effort.

Reg, is still high on himself, although he has acknowledged my existence. It’s a start.

Tony is still a baby, doing his best to interpret the commands in the few nanoseconds his brain lets him focus on that odd biped in the middle of the circle. Again, sigh. He is cuter than cute, and (barring any unkown injury we have yet to discover) should be a fabulous horse for any discipline, but he still has to grow up. My own personal experience: TBs physically mature at 5, mentally at 7. I’m certain there are many differing opinions out there, and certainly not all horses follow the same formula. Right now I have a 5 year old going on 10, and a 5 year old going on 2. So there you have it.

I’ll check in with you Monday. 4H kids coming out tomorrow.

Categories: News

4 comments

  1. Chris says:

    I read your blogs Kim and love them! Keep it going.
    I was recently at Montpelier for the Steeplechase event. Loved it! I have always had a love for horses and this past summer started taking riding lessons. I would love to visit your stables sometime and possibly do some volunteer work.

  2. Anna says:

    You’re so welcome! Keep it going; what you are doing is so very needed, just wish I could be closer.

    I learned a few tips on lungeing this weekend from a dressage professional — to slow Madeira (our young Andal)down, gently shorten the line so the circle is smaller and say Whooooaaaa, waaaallllk until she does so (the circle should be fairly small any way as you are only doing walk & some trotting); to move her away, point the whip to the shoulder, cluck to get her outward. Always praise when there is a good response & keep the body relaxed but vigilant — don’t want a horse to run you over in the middle! Madeira won’t be ridden until she’s near 5 so we have plenty of time to get the ground lessons down & good manners. She did better this time & had a bridle/bit for the first time under the halter so that kept her more focused on the funny thing in the mouth than reckless eye-balling.

    Perhaps Reg could do trot poles on the lunge to give him something interesting to do; once he gets that, make them at different heights to mix it up a bit.

    My Irish TB gets so bored in the round pen, but I do periodically need to practice bareback so we do poles to walk over. I also practice my walk/halts in the round pen bareback so I get a better feel of my seat pressure.

    Rainy here & buggy.

  3. Sharon T. LaPier says:

    Love your blogs. I have an OTTB who is 30. I’m not sure she’ll ever grow up. She recently had her feet trimmed while taking a nap. Seriously, nothing is wrong with her. She just decided she coudn’t be bothered to get up for her trim was sound asleep while my farrier did her back hooves. Too too funny. This is the same Thoroughbred who spit out her birthday carrot cake 8 feet across a stall aisle.

  4. Lisa Craig says:

    Hang tight, Kim! An excerpt of your blog is being featured in the holiday issue of Renews, and several thousand copies will be circulated to our supporters. This page is always a really fun read and hopefully even more TRF friends will soon discover it. 🙂

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