lantairvlea: (New filly)
Today ended up not much as I originally set out. I was going to work Bud first thing and as I am unhooking the horse trailer I said "forget it" and decided to just pick him up and work him on the property. Since I would have some spare time I was going to hit the feedstore and get has in the Lil Rig before picking him up. I am almost to the feedstore and realize I forgot my wallet. I had to find a place to turn around (crew cab long bed plus three horse bumperpull trailer) and went back for Bud.

With the 20 minutes I had before my first lesson was to start I grabbed True-D and took her to the roundpen for the first time. My goal was walking in both directions and we nearly got there. Granted we have had big dump trucks hauling dirt and going back for more plus street sweepers racing up and down Hawes for the last few weeks as they work on channelizing the Sonoqui Wash system. She's been at the back of the property and hasn't experienced them up close yet so getting close to the goal was good enough for all the noise and distraction.

I took a video, which did not help our communication any, but I wanted evidence. I need to pull out the real video camera now and again.

I waited for 9am to show up, but she didn't. I pulled out Bud and lead him over to the property. We started in the roundpen as I knew he wouldn't be thrilled with the bog trucks, but he got dead quiet so I rode him through the gate and to the dressage arena. We played with what I remembered of Introductory Test 1 (A?) and worked on getting him to relax and focus on me rather tha worrying about the trucks. We worked on some canter departs, which have been going pretty well out in the open, but obviously need work trying them on a 20m circle.

Following Bud was a lesson, returning Bud, running the two errands that were thwarted by my misplaced wallet earlier, and hit the post office to send off my exchanges (a bit and a pair of breeches). It was fun maneuvering the truck and trailer around the small parking lot. One of the rows was mercifully empty so I just took up a dozen spaces. When I came out a few cars were parked behind it, thankfully none tried to park in front.

I retrieved the boys and we chased the giant horse soccer ball around, fed the horses citrus, and pushed them around in the wheelbarrow. We hung in the little house for a bit, Tristan painted on some model horse blanks and I tried to keep Kelhan occupied enough to not play in the paints (only a little on one hand, success!). I managed to eat some lunch and then it was time to teach more lessons.

Keara rode Panda in the roundpen while I taught Roxanne's lesson and she said the mare did awesome and completely ignored the trucks. Good girl, Panda. Now I need to find you a home where people will mess with you daily.

The arena at home is dry enougb to work in after the rain Monday. No rain predicted for Saturday so we should be able to actually have our draft horse show in conjunction with the Rodeo.

I need to sit down with Chris and the Grand Plan for the property and draw up water schematics so we can get the water pipes all done and I don't have to haul water over. I also need to look and find a shipping container to use as a tack room because not having to haul tack over is my other prerequisite for using the property regularly.

Tuesday morning I got up a half hour early and didn't have time to eat breakfast plus had to run back for one more thing once my lesson started cleaning up their horses. Thankfully 9am couldn't make it so I got to grab breakfast before my 10am (would have liked to have spent it working Panda, but a gal has got to eat!). As it stands if I want to use it for lessons I probably have to get up a full hour earlier than I do now in order to have everything ready to go and not be rushed. Or, in the case of evening lessons, start prepping for the lessons about an hour before. Once there is water and 90% of the tack over there it will be much less as I will just have to either load horses in the trailer and haul them over or just walk them over depending on how many/who I use.

It will be nice when it is finished. I just now ha e to have time to finish it!

I have six lessons tomorrow. Two of them are away.
lantairvlea: (New filly)
Tru-D has become super social over the last four weeks. It is quite an amazing change really. She is starting to border on obnoxious, which means it is time to start doing some training beyond just loving on her. Yesterday we had the farrier out again to do her feet. Since she went almost 10 months without any work whatsoever I want to do some catch-up and get ahead of the curve. Chris actually caught and held her for Kevin and she did great. Her feet are looking much better and we may just do a couple more extra rotations between to really get her where she needs to be to ensure no twisting or other funkiness around her growthplates. Her cannons and leg bones appear nice and straight thusfar and we'd like to keep them that way.

Today I led her out of the pen and hand grazed her a little. She's leading well enough now I can probably take her to work in the round pen without worrying about having trouble on the way there. I also groomed her up, cleaned her feet, and started on some exercises with the whip both to desensitize her to its presence and to get her to move away from it when asked. I also discovered that she likes udder rubs as Charm-N is so fond of.

Yesterday Ruby got grumpy at Charm-N and as she kicked out she managed to get her leg caught in the panel. Thankfully I was right there. She still pulled the panel around and rearranged her and Charm-N's stalls, but then she stood and kindof sat on the panel as my student and I pulled the pins, cut the twine and let it drop as gently as possible. She was able to step out of it without further issue and didn't have a scrape on her. I was able to put everything back together and the fence only has a slight tweak, but is functionally fine.

I gave her some Bute last night, this morning and again this evening and she seems to be moving well on it. I think she and Kitt had an argument last night as both of them have scrapes on their inner hind legs (I thought I had missed seeing scrapes from the panel, but I would have noticed them I believe after cleaning her up this afternoon and getting a close look). Mares.

I failed to mention that Christa decided to take a pass on Panda. I had called her and she sent me a text in reply and it annoyed me. I guess it's consistent with how it has all gone with Christa and Panda. Lack of communication, half-stories and the like. Whatever. She was boarding a friend's horse and decided to buy him instead despite her going on about how she didn't want to think about a horse that wasn't Panda and she rode her bareback when they were at the other boarding place and this that and the other thing. I am still annoyed.

I did have a lady come out and look at her yesterday. I don't know what it is about the timing always being when it has rained and we're restricted to the roundpen to show her. I think the only one who got to ride her in the arena was Donna (and man how I wish she could convince her husband to let her buy her!). Tammie liked her and said she'd get back to me, but we'll see how that goes.

I hate selling horses ... or maybe I just hate selling Panda.

I hope the next horse I have to sell is a Jutland foal from my first crop of Jutlands after importing them from Denmark to my ranch that doesn't exist yet. Mmm... Jutlands.

Like this little chunk. That will turn into one of these:

lantairvlea: (New filly)
We have settled on a name. I gave Chris my list over the weekend and we fudged around on it. It circled back to Trudy, but not really. Marty had mentioned the hyphen thing we did with Charm-N and when I passed it on to Chris and suggested we could to Tru-D or True-D. So Tru-D it is. I may still write it Trudy or Trudi here for ease of typing. I can pretend the D stands for "Desta."

My bitless bridles from Moss Rock Endurance came in today. I still need to sit down and do a review on them, but the short is they are excellent value for the price and I really like the features she offers.

Kitt's is purple with stainless hardware, which she wouldn't stay far enough away to modle well for me, but there will be other chances I am sure.


The other one is blue and brass. I was hoping for hunter green, but her supplier doesn't offer it anymore so blue it is. It looks great on Chewy and it will pass okay on the boy. Tru-D was curious about it so I worked on getting it on her.

She wasn't super thrilled about it, but tolerated it well enough. I was glad I could push her ears through the headstall as she wasn't too thrilled with ear touching when we first got her.


By the way she is really blossoming. She is getting really social and approaching people readily. She is getting really easy to catch, though still prefers being approached on her right side. I need to start grooming her regularly. She's getting itchy as her winter coat falls out and I need to keep up with her feet handling. I think I am going to call Kevin to see if he can come out and get another trim on her between our usual six week rotation so we can get her feet shaped better a little quicker. I think she still has a good amount of foot to work with, but having never been done before you don't want to make too severe of a change all at once.

I am trying to decide if Tru-D or True-D looks better...
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Three lessons this morning, Charm-N at training, just worked on the ground, but I think we had something like a break through. We may be able to get past her "shut up and let me drive" mode fairly quickly.

Sunny may get past her "shut up and let me do my thing" mode if I rode her more than once a month. I got her pretty irritated at me by insisting she round and move off my inside leg.

Filly is getting even more social and much, much, much easier to catch. Last night I decided it was the "a" at the end I really like. I am testing "Truda" and I think Desta sounds cool. Ranicka was a though, but probably too long. Several others are on the list.

Two lessons this evening and Bud worked.

Tomorrow to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show with Chris!


Feb. 13th, 2015 09:35 pm
lantairvlea: (New filly)
I still like the name Greta, but Chris still doesn't so I've been trying Trudy and Harley, but I don't think Harley is going to stick.

Yesterday Kevin got her back feet and she stood just this side of perfect for it. She took her right leg back once, but Kevin blamed himself more for not having her quite where she needed to be on his leg. He noted that he wished some adult horses did so well! Yay filly!

She is getting more bold and friendly. She still prefers to present her right side to be caught. I have to put the lead rope over her neck before changing sides too, but I imagine she will get less picky the more she is handled.


She and Kitt have decided to be friends. We'll have to turn them out together and see how well they buddy up. Chewy misses being queen of the little turnout. I had to shoo her out this evening so I could let the filly loose and the little mare was a bit opinionated about it.

Wednesday I had some time as my 4pm canceled last minute so I killed two birds with one stone. I rode Panda bareback with the cross under bitless bridle and practiced the emergency dismount. I admit to being a little anxious to start and I think you can see it in my riding here and there (pardon low quality phone video). She did really well. I was expecting a bit of a cerfupple when I did it at the trot, but she was absolutely perfect for it.

And I have video evidence:

Commentary appreciated.

Donna continues to take lessons on Panda and has been really enjoying her. She mentioned today she tried to convince her husband again that she should buy Panda and then see about rehoming her guy (a Lipizzan who can be a explosive from the sound of it), but no dice (drat). Panda got a little tight over something across the way, relaxed, then Donna had a massive sneeze and Panda jumped forward two strides, but Donna picked up the reins and Panda came right back down. If we could convince her husband they'd be a great match! Donna has the dedication to put the hours in and the skill and confidence to ride Panda successfully.

She lent me her Jane Savoi DVDs as I had lent her my Walter Zettl "Matter of Trust" set. I look forward to watching them. We also get into a lot of chatting (we spent two and a half hours when she initially came out to look at Panda) and today we talked a bit about some of the other places she has experienced, namely CARA. Some of what she said was a bit disappointing, but I may still try and go out there and see for myself. Arizona is still a bit of a wasteland when it comes to Dressage. Yes we have a state organization, but there are just a handful of shows a year (and we are a BIG state geographically so there's about three shows in the valley a year) and very few barns that have upper level horses, or even ones that can do 2nd and 3rd level. So my choices are limited if I want to advance my riding. Back in '09 I drove an hour and a half one way for lessons every other week for a few months, which was great as they had some really nice horses, but that type of time commitment isn't feasible at this point (plus that particular facility is now defunct).

Anyway, point being that I am really enjoying some of my adult clients (Debbie got an extra 20 minutes with Eden today because I lost track of time). It's nice being able to go into deeper theory and get more back and forth communication and questions. I do enjoy the kids, but the adults are a nice change of pace.

I had another person come out who is interested in lessons for a meet and greet and this morning a guy showed up (guided by the neighbors across the way who board) asking about lessons too. I don't know if I'll be needing to advertise at all once the property is set up...
lantairvlea: (New filly)
I am leaning towards Trudi (Trudy?) or Greta. Chris is leaning on Scout or Harley. I am not a fan of Scout.

Kevin arrived today and he did Ruby and Charm-N during my first lesson. We managed to squeak in the filly's front feet between lessons and she did quite well with it. She pulled away once on each foot, but overall did really well for her first trim ever. He will be out again tomorrow and Thursday. Hoping for the time to holdbher Wednesday for him, but shooting for Thursday just in case.

Her fronts look much better. He might have been able to take more, but you don't necessarily want to do too dramatic of a change the first time and risk getting her sore.

Today was very busy. I had the first lesson, beld the filly for Kevin, lesson two, followed by loading up Kitt and the forecart and going to training. Kitt was awesome, even with the jerkish minivan that zoomed around us at over 20mph. She didn't even blink at it. She wasn't sure about the first big dump truck that passed us, but was good for the rest of them. Good girl, Kitt, you got to stay on the snaffle setting. When we pulled back on to Chandler Heights Kitt's walk went from normal to slug. I started laughing and it took Michelle a moment to realize why. Either Kitt REALLY hates the idea of going back to the trailer/home and slows down to let the fun last longer or she just assumes we're going to be working forever so she starts conserving energy. I don't know which it is.

After training I dropped the forecart at Sue's so I could pick up Bud then headed over to meet Kathryn at the property to work with her and Oakley, her little Kentucky Mountain horse (silver buckskin, very adorable). Apparently he has a case of "race brain" and she has had a hard time getting him to stop or even rate on their conditioning rides. I rode Bud as I worked with them and demoed some things. Bud was a little wiggly to start, but settled in towards the end. Kitt enjoyed rolling in the sandy dirt and oicking up scraps in one of the stalls.

Then I returned Bud, reclaimed the cart, headed home to unload Kitt and cart and had about 40 minutes to hang with the boys, pretend to eat something, and then the two final lessons for the night.

Tomorrow is quieter with just the three evening lessons, but holy cow am I busy!

I had to tell my 5pm Thursday if they weren't going to show up their time would be forfeited. Didn't hear back and their time slot is taken. Had my 4pm Friday say they needed a break and as I was getting ready to climb in the shower got a call about a possjble new client and they'd be happy for Friday at 4pm (I did warn the previous one that time slots were not guaranteed...).

I had 24 lessons last week, looking like 26 this week. HOLY COW HOW?! I have managed to keep Monday and Wednesday mornings open because Chris is off, but there's no way I can clear Tuesday mornings even though Chris closes then and has the mornings open.

I used to think a busy week was 15 lessons... I used to think a busy day was four ... we'll see how well it lasts come May and June and it heats up...
lantairvlea: (New filly)
Chris took a video of me working with the filly Sunday. I managed to get all four feet cleaned out. We may not be in too bad of shape tomorrow for the farrier.

Obviously we are a little spooky now and again, especially when I surprised her with the rope going over, but considering this is the most concentrated handling she has had since she was born I don't think we're doing too bad.

Today I had the bet out to get her vaccinated. She has been dewormed, but has zero shot history and we didn't want to wait. Before Chatham got here I grabbed a toothpick and a handful of Bermuda pellets and did some simulated sticking. Chatham was running behind so Chris mowed the lawn and I raked most of the rut out of the roundpen. She wasn't as keen to be caught when Chatham got here, which was slightly annoying, but not entirely unexpected. She eyed Chatham and I offered some pellets and a little oats. I think she was more uncomfortable with the little skin pinch he does than the actual shot. Part of me was afraid I would upset her tenuous trust in me with the shots, but it wasn't bad at all.

The next will be how she handles her feet tomorrow. Chatham asked if I wanted a tranq, but I told him I've been able to clean all her feet and he nodded and said we should be pretty good then.

Still not sure about a name. Chris has a couple he likes, but I don't know.
lantairvlea: (New filly)
Our farrier comes Tuesday and I gave him fair warning that we had a bit of a wild hare being added to the bunch. He sounded self-confident and amused by my concern about her lack of training. I have seen him deal with some rank horses and some pretty snotty babies (my internship for my Equine Science Associates consisted of tagging along and taking copious notes as he worked with various horses from minis to Friesians and gaited horses to one that had suffered a broken shoulder) so a barely handled yearling really shouldn't be a problem.

That said it isn't the farrier's job to train the horse to be trimmed so I've been fussing with her feet since we went to look at her Wednesday. Yesterday I picked up her backs the first time and today I was able to pick them out. I think she's going to have nice feet once they are cut down to size! Her frogs are pretty wide and clean a surprisingnlack of thrush. The bars on one of her hind feet are broken over like Charm-N has a tendency to do (and Chewy on rare occasion, but Charm-N does it almost every cycle), but that should clean up along with everything else. Beneath the horrible flares her sole has a nice shape and her limbs also appear remarkably straight. She is steep in her hip, but less so than her dam.

She's getting much easier to approach and halter. She's even coming over and checking people out now if they hang around next to the fence and ignore her. She still isn't super fond with my arm passing close to her eye when I halter her so I start with the crown piece pretty far back on her neck and work it towards her ears.

Steady progress, not bad for not even a week of consistent handling! Of course I may completely blow her trust having Chatham out tomorrow to start her vaccines (dewormed, but completely unvaccinated) followed by Kevin the next day, but I am sure I will be forgiven in time.

Also: Have a video of me working the Fresno from the clinic. I am probably stupidly excited about working with this machinery, but I find it to be the coolest thing. I probably wouldn't say that if I was having to dig a root cellar or build a road this way, but how awesome is moving dirt with horses!

Long Day

Feb. 7th, 2015 11:18 pm
lantairvlea: (New filly)
Today started officially at 7:30 meeting up with Haley who will be shadowing/interning/being a working student/doing her practicum for her Equine Science Associates.

We started with feeding the herd, the first lesson was at 8am and my first working student arrived too. She and Haley worked during the first lesson and Haley watched during the second lesson. My 10am is sick so we picked up the water buckets from the property and went over some of the supplements I give and also how I keep my schedule, record payments, and write down lesson notes. At 11am we had another lesson, noon another lesson and working student #2 that Haley helped with, and 1pm I had a group with Chayse and Haley. I left Haley with the harnesses to clean when I headed for Sue's lesson. Had I known both Sue and Henry weren't feeling well I would have had Haley tag along while I worked him. Ah well.

Bud did well on the long lines in the open bridle, which was a little surprising.

When I got back we fed the herd and also fussed with the filly. She actually had her halter on and off several times today and by the end she started following a little instead of having to be asked for each step. We tried measuring her, but she wasn't too keen on my moving my hand under her belly to try and get the tape. I did get her to tolerate wrapping the lead rope around her barrel and also succeeded in getting her height. We'll have to measure again when she is officially a year and after her feet are done. Supposedly they are 90% of their adult height at a year which would mature her out between 15 and 15.1hh. We have a few years to find out!

We're not sure about heading to church or not. With the Measles scare and Kelhan being just three weeks away from his Measles vaccination it's up in the air. We may send Tristan with Marty, but not sure.

I do think the anti-vaccination movement is a bit ridiculous. They had a call in show on NPR and an AV lady called in and despite the person she was questioning sighting thousands of studies, trials, etc. supporting the effectiveness and efficacy of vaccinations and the lady just said "I don't believe that." Flat out refusing any input that didn't align with her preconceived notions. Yes sometimes there are side effects for vaccines, but the likelyhood for injury from the diseases they guard against is much higher.

Anyway... that got off track. I think tomorrow I'll mess with the filly again and see about cleaning her fronts and play with doing something with her backs more. Maybe a round with the toothpicks and some treats as I have Chatham scheduled for Monday to give her her first round of shots.

And new icon because I can and decided maybe I could manage a paid account again (after 10 years not having one, heh).
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
I have accumulated a lot of clients that are older than me, a couple who have been riding for years even, and a little part of me says "sure you can teach people how to ride who are younger than you, it's obvious you have that experience, but what do you really have to offer these other people? You're still in your twenties!" That will change this fall (30!), as a part of my irrarional brain says that at 30 you're respectable. At this point you should have had some experiences and be somewhat seasoned, right?

Of course logically I know that a random number doesn't really have any bearing on one's actual knowledge, but there is an assumed level of experience and knowledge as one ages. There's also a lessening of worry about other people's expectations and knowing what actually works vs what people outside assume will work.

I am thinking on changing my approach to how I start my riders. Isolating the aids more and getting some body control before we start movement so they're not having to process the horse's movement and what they are supposed to be doing at the same time. Maybe going back and doing more unmounted exercises that will help instill some feel and such. Anyway, I am getting sidetracked from my initial thought (though these are good thoughts to think as well).

So part of me still feels like I an faking it until I make it (I don't know 75 lessons last month and 25 this week alone probably say I am objectively making it!). But then I get comments from people like Donna who has had instruction for years and says she has never been taught how I teach her: in a way that makes sense and gives her the why and the how instead of just "do this." It gives a slight ego boost, but the back of my mind still whispers "charlatan!"

Can't win for losing with the subconscious mind, but I do take it for a good sign that if I feel like I don't know enough then I am not in danger of stagnation.

The filly is getting easier to halter each time. She still had a "what do you want?!" look about her, but at least she's not running about like I am trying to eat her. I think almost three days of the other horses pinning their ears and not making nice is starting to make her realize thay humans aren't all that bad!

I can clean out her fronts and I can pick up her backs. Maybe by Tuesday Kevin will have some good success.
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
After we unloaded her yesterday the first order of business was getting her halter off. By it's condition I think it was just left on her all the time. I managed to do it through the fence and I think she was happy to have a free face even if she wasn't keen on me fiddling around it to begin with.

Today my goal was to catch her and fuss with her feet.

I did fairly well to start. I got her where she would let me approach and scratch on her and she started nuzzling back, but we had a bit of a set back when she knocked my hat off and scared herself.

If it weren't so muddy still I would have had a better time of it. I ended with her letting me get close again at least before having to teach the next lesson.

After lessons the boys and I hung outside for a bit and Tristan decided that the tall cones needed to be in the pen with the filly.


She wasn't quite sure she agreed.


This evening after lessons I went in with the halter and hoof pick. I had messed with her front legs a little yesterday and figured I could at least pick them up a couple times each and if it went well scrape them a bit.

To catch her I ended up herding her into her stall. I did OK outside until it came to changing eyes. Just too much space and places for her to go at the moment. I rubbed her with the lead rope and then with the halter. I got the rope over her neck and was able to step her away from the fence. Opposite of Panda she prefers to present her right side. Once the halter was in I messed with her feet. We did some ring around the rosie as she tried to figgure out where the release was. I did get to pick out both feet a bit and considered it a great success. Despite being terribly overgrown she has nice, wide frogs and the sape of her sole seemed pretty good, mostly wall flare.

I led her around a little, step by step to start and then she started following a little better. Not up by my shoulder yet, but a start! Back to her stall while I fed the herd and then I was able to halter her again and led her out of her stall for a lap and let her go. She stared at me like "that's it?" and wandered off for her dinner.

Names are still in the air. We nixed Marty's two contributions of Betty and Belle. Chris mentioned Trudy this evening (short of Gertrude), which may not be bad, but we'll search for some more.
lantairvlea: (lantair look)

We weren't really looking. Didn't I say Panda had to be sold first?

Someone posted a screenshot of a craigslist ad on the ADHMA facebook page yesterday and I had a thought. Chris had it too and text me about it. Can't hurt to call, right? I called after lessons yesterday and as I am talking to the guy I stopped and asked "Is this Gayland C?" I was right, haha! I told him who I was, we've talked on and off again at various draft events and he lives a few miles down the road

We set up to go out this morning and have a look. He also had a colt by the same stallion. I guess the picture tells you how it went! She moved better than the colt and I think she's a little nicer put together. Her mother had a steeper hip than she does, but has a nicely laid back shoulder and more propotionate unlike the other mare (colt's mother) who was very upright. The colt was a little upright in his hind end too.

There was a little haggling, she has been dewormed, but hasn't had shots yet, never trimmed, and isn't really halter broke. We have some work to do, but the price was right and she moves nice despite her feet. The timing is also good as Kevin will be out next week.

We got our tax info back from the accountant and hit the bank for the cash before having lunch and hooking up the trailer. We just had an hour before my lesson and the hope that I'd be able to do it. I got her in in about 30 minutes, not bad for not even really being halter broke.

Gayland said her leading training has consisted of being tied to his team and going around the neighborhood a few times. I liked the fact that she didn't really pull back, she would lean into it, but wouldn't set back and pull until the weight lurched her forward like I have seen some horses do (might come from being tied to a solid one ton draft mare in her first experiences!). I probably would have gotten her in quicker had someone kept an eye on the trailer's backgate. She was mostly on the ramp when it started sneaking closed. She got back on the ramp fairly quickly though. We trailered her completely loose and backed the trailer into the arena and let her out. I was impressed she walked out nicely before trotting off to explore. I was expecting her to bolt out, but not being really halter broke I wasn't taking my chances trying to lead her out.

She will be 10 months on the 12th so she's four years and two days younger than Z. She is by a Haflinger stallion (big! 15 hands!) and out of a Belgian mare (a little over 16hh). We need to measure her, but she should mature somewhere in between.

She will definitely be a project, but I could use a project for the next three years.

Now for a name...

Great things happen all at once?

P.S. Christa will most likely buy Panda back the end of the month. Our tax return is going to be pretty nice I think we'll be picking up a new White Horse forecart...


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