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I was able to work Tru-D again yesterday morning because my 8am was sick (so many sick people canceled this past month). I used the Parelli feather lines again and attached them between the cheek pieces and throatlatch in the cross-under configuration. I had Susanne mucking in the arena so I took Tru-D out and around the house.

She did pretty well. We have some work to do on her bravery. With the work on the driveway and some other things moved around things Were Not The Same so she was a bit suspicious the first couple of passes. There were a couple moments of jigging that she came back quickly from and also a couple moments of trying to eat.

I definitely think the weight of the beta lines was the issue with her drifting backwards as she once again stood pretty solid when asked. I may work her a few weeks in the feather lines before going back to tbe beta lines and see what happens.

I did take the new whip as I worked her and it had a good reach. It is ridiculously light for its length and I like the lash length in addition. I need to get a longer lash for my other one. I need to start focusing on getting Tru-D calmly responsive to the whip aids while I ground drive her. She tends to speed up right now as she moves over so I need to step back and reinforce her moving sideways off of it.

Thursday I had Nelson with Roy and Molly. He had the farrier out the other week and the farrier and Molly had a bit of a disagreement. Nelson had mentioned that we haven't been tying her solid. She has a tendency to set back and rather than have her break things we do a couple loops around the post to create a little friction to have her feel some pressure, but not enough to go into a full panic. If she sets back you just ask her to step back up and snug it back down. It's a lesson I learned with Judy's mare Sweeti who broke more halters and lead ropes than you could shake a stick at. It's no big deal and Molly has been getting better about standing "tied" with fewer incidences of setting back and coming forward quicker after it. Nelson had noted a couple months ago that the farrier appreciated that Molly was being better about her feet since I started working with her. This last session, however, the farrier's assistant got it in his head that he was going to "teach her" and snubbed her down on the post, which resulted in her setting back (surprise), fishtailing, and ultimately scraped her chest on the hitching rail as she came back forward. He was not able to get her back feet done at all.

I had offered to bring out my tools and at least knock the rough spots off. I forgot last week, but remembered Thursday. She had been good for Nelson cleaning her feet so I figured it wouldn't be much of a deal. We had built a decent rapport the last six or so months and I was hoping it would be no problem.

No such luck. She saw the bucket with the tools in it and her hind end became a 100% no go zone. We were back to square one with her spinning circles if I even got near her flank, let alone her hip and foot.

She reached one point where I was able to pick up her foot and was feeling like she needed a mental break so I spent a couple minutes putting the bridle off and on Roy. Royal is doing consistently better about his right ear, but is still touchy.

When I went back to Molly I was able to work her left hind and knock out the extra sole as well as trim the wall and do some rasping. Unfortunately we had to call it quits there. I was back out today. Molly was a little reluctant to be caught, but she just walked off about 50 feet and that was it. Nelson lead her up under the shade where we usually tie them, but when he went to put the rope over the rail she rocketed backwards. She was then wary to be under the shade at all and I had Nelson pause when she gave him a couple good steps forward before I took over.

Knowing her high anxiety under the cover I didn't push it and just kept her in hand. She was wanting to spin and I changed up strategies, instead of putting pressure on her gaskin as she walked and spun I slipped the rope around her leg and put some pressure on it. With my hand on her gaskin she would slow down, but it would take several steps (or spins) and she really was locked into a bad mental pattern. With the rope around her pastern I picked up pressure and she rethought her tactics very quickly. I kept the pressure on until she would relax the foot and then I would let it go. I was able to work down to touching the foot and eventually got both of them cleaned out before grabbing the hoof knife and focusing on her right hind. I had to use the rope again, but she settled quicker. She had worn out most of her sole so there wasn't much for it and gave her foot back before heading over for the nippers.

I can't remember if it was with the nippers or rasp that she kicked out just as I was about to give it back. Molly thought for sure I was going to explode on that one, but I just picked up the rope, quietly grabbed my tool, and worked to get her foot back, fussed with it again, and moved on.

I rasped the left hind a little again and then gave Nelson directions as to how to work on it until I came again Tuesday. He doesn't quite have the skill and timing to do it exactly as I did, but he could work on getting her comfotable again with him approaching and rubbing her barrel, hip, and eventually the leg.

Nelson and I talked quite a bit as I was working with her both days and while I didn't quite say my full thoughts we both came to the conclusion that the "teaching" that his farrier and his assistant did the week before last almost put us back to square one with Molly on her feet.

I admit I was not happy to see all of our good work pretty much flushed down the toilet because some idiot thought he was going to be a macho man and teach a horse how to stand tied by snubbing it to the post. Especially a horse that already has a history of setting back and in particular before she had a chance to do anything "bad!" Talk about setting her up for failure.

Nelson mentioned that Molly actually gets a little anxious when she sees the farrier's truck, which tells me he was already a source of anxiety. Nelson also said that his (soon to be former) farrier had set in his mind how Molly was and kept the opinion she just wasn't a good horse despite her improvement over the past six or seven months.

Molly definitely has some self-protective habits, but she certainly isn't a mean horse. The bucket of tools was definitely something she associated with People You Do Not Trust so it took a while to reconvince her I wasn't a threat.

I am of the mind that it isn't the farrier's job to teach my horse how to accept being trimmed and shod, but he certainly shouldn't make the horse worse! I gave Nelson Kevin's number and we'll see how that goes. I think we'll try to schedule it so I can be there when he comes out the first time. Not that I doubt Kevin's skill in handling horses, I did a 150+ hour internship with him for my Equine Science degree, but I don't think it would hurt if Kevin heard my direct perspective and be there to hold Molly if needed. Nelson is getting better, but he just doesn't have the years of experience to hold a horse that is working through issues.

In happier news we hooked Ruby and Charm-N up to the carriage again today and I think we finally have it set the way we need it. I'm ready to take them out and about! Once Ruby and Charm-N chilled out a bit Chris even drove them for a bit and the little men joined us. Tristan went around a couple times before deciding riding his bike was going to be more fun, but Kelhan hung out until we were done and then had to be persuaded to get off. He climbed on again as soon as we had the horses unhooked and was pretending to drive his team while Chris and I detacked the horses. I didn't take any pictures, but Chris managed one.

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Yesterday we hooked up Kitt again, this time with the shafts rotated upside down. I'm sure there is some driver out there who might have a coronary about that, but the enclosed shafts let us cheat like that. It put the cart level and I could actually put the shaft loops on the backband rings rather than my usual jury-rigging with carabiners *cough.*

Tristan lost interest by the time we were hooked up, but Kelhan climbed up next to me and we drove around the arena. I asked him if he wanted to drive so he sat in front of me and got to take the lines (with me holding behind his hands). He had fun steering and stopping her. We need to take her someplace bigger so he can take control a little more.

Nice and level now! It's pretty nice being that high up, especially after spending so much time driving the forecart which is really low.

Look at those little eager hands on the lines and happy face! I think I'm going to have a pretty good driving buddy. Chris said we have another rein hog in the family ... wonder who he could be talking about ...

Chris got to climb up with us and drive a bit as well. He was quite happy and rather liked the cart.

I do think I will have Magma engineer a set of shafts that are flat and angle in so that we can be respectable.
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Thursday I had another lesson with Carrie K. from the North valley. I admit I haven't done nearly so much active riding this pregnancy as I was with the last two, Regardless I'm trying to get what I can from these lessons. I wasn't able to make any last month so I'm going to try and double up this month. I'm not sure if I'll try for one in November, but we'll see! I definitely plan on picking back up in February and see where we go from there. I'd like to rotate between Kash and Kitt at that point, but Mr. Fancy can wait to make his debut until I am no longer expecting. He tends to be a bit of a knucklehead the first time to a new arena and I don't need that.

Anyway, we worked on moving her hip over and leg-yield both nose and tail to the rail. She's much better going left than right andbwe discovered that when we put her on a circle. To the left she was volunteering a shoulder-fore position and to the right she was a bit stickier.

We had some really nice tail to the rail yields (not quite a shoulder-in) in the trot that she held well. I like the idea or her holding her "shape" better on her own without a reminder to keep crossing over. I just started reading Nuno Oliveira's "Reflections on Equestrian Art" and one of the things he mentioned is that the horse should carry the movement, whatever it is, until there is an active change in request. That means when properly trained and conditioned you should be able to "shape" your horse into a half-pass, travers, etc. and have the horse maintain it until you request a new movement or transition with minimal rider correction.

It's so nice finding an instructor who actually knows what they're doing and can make me feel like I'm moving forward and learning things. I know I have missing pieces and it's so nice to have started finding them! I'm still debating if I should try a lesson or two over at CARA to have a go on more advanced horses, but the things I've heard lend me to think the horses have not been trained in a manner that one might term as "classical."

I should have written about it the day of or Friday, I'll try to be better about that next time.

Sunday we packed up and headed to California. The boys got their first trip to the beach Monday and after wearing them out thoroughly we had lunch and visited my grandparents.

Opa insisted on sending us off with money for dinner and Chris was super stealth sneaky and phoned in dinner for them tonight. Italian and carrot cake from a place we found while we were there.

We drove home today and had an uneventful drive. This week is pretty booked up and the schedule is filling nicely for the winter months.

I can't remember if I mentioned Marty and Dave acquired a puppy from the shelter while we were in Utah. Her name is Charlie (sp?) and she is some Poodle cross, possibly a havanese. She looks a little like Appy, but taller and lighter colored. Rolo was not sure what to do with her at first, but Marty managed to get them to settle in and now they run and hase each other around until Rolo passes out because Bulldogs got no stamina.

Tomorrow I have four or five lessons. We need to hit Costco for some vitals. I do not have the art class because they are on their fall break. The farrier is coming tomorrow, Chewy's bloodwork came back good so I can stop with the SMZs (yay!), and I am making my way through month six. Ten more weeks before the Nudge has permission to disembark.

Also Kelhan and Baby Puppy looked pretty sporty in their sunglasses on the drive home.

Ah yes, and after sharing a hotel room with the boys for two nights we have discovered that Kelhan still is a Grünter. Just not as terrible as he was while an infant. He only grunts and mumbles occasionally rather than constantly, but it's still enough to get you up to check on him only to realize he's still perfectly asleep.
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Pilfered from [ profile] flirting.

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I had a couple lessons today with a break between. During the break I decided to pull out Charm-N and Tru-D to see what type of trouble I could get into. I haven't ponied from Charm-N and I haven't tried ponying Tru-D yet so I guess I could have prepared a little better, but we did it!

Charm-N has a monster walk and Tru-D was not fond of trying to keep up. I ended up doing a single dally on the horn, let Charm-N walk, and allowed Tru-D to figure it out. It took a while, but she finally stepped up and put slack in the rope. To emphasize that was correct I stopped Charm-N and gave both of them lots of rubs. Charm-N for being tolerant and Tru-D for figuring it out. We repeated a few times and Tru-D was quicker to step up and get slack in the line. Then we swapped sides and Charm-N got to drag Tru-D's lagging butt for almost 10 minutes before the baby decided to step up. We ended with a few good strides without Tru-D dragging and called it good.

I sense more ponying in the future.

Thursday was the Meet the Teacher at the Elementary school Tristan will be attending Preschool at. He's excited. He has only one kid older than him in class, but that's okay. I just hope he doesn't get bored.

I think I finally feel like An Adult. I think having a kid in school does it. Tristan starts Tuesday and it will be three days for three hours each. We'll see if Kelhan misses him or not.

It's crazy-hot. Supposed to be 114 or somesuch today. I finished lessons at 9am, but had a working student 9-10. The stalls got cleaned along with the little turnout. I got a couple things done while she worked then helped get Ruby's stall done. It'll be nice doing just the arena Monday after getting it done Thursday too. Hurrah working students! I can't wait to have a few hours a week of them again.

Both the truck and Jeep got oil changes this week. The Jeep has a crack in the windshield washer fluid resivoir. It's covered by warranty, but only for another 500 miles so we'll be taking it in again next week.

Tru-D is slowly trying to catch up to Ruby.

It helps that Ruby is standing in a hole.
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The morning started out with a very lame Charm-N. I fed the horses loose so I could clean the stalls and she was hobbling pretty good from pile to pile. It looked like it was mostly her right fore, but she looked a little ouchy all over.

I went ahead and did the mucking. I Charm-N's stall was nasty per usual. When I have an extra set of hands I need to put a rubber matt under her feeder. She likes to pee, poop, and stand in the same spot, which compacts into nasty cakes of shavings and manure and dirt that takes some muscle to scrape out. She is the dirtiest horse I know when it comes to stall cleanliness. Chewy's a close second, but she at least goes in the half of her stall away from her food.

I filled four of the big cans. Charm-N's stall took up three-quarters of one of them. Messy, messy mare. I was feeling industrious and did about half the arena as well because it was just only 100 today.

After the cans I fed the herd their second half of breakfast in their stalls, though I played a little musical ponies and put Kitt in Charm-N's stall, Tru-D went in Kitt's with access to the small turnout, and Charm-N was in the arena with the small stall so she could move or not at will (and not be tempted to bicker at Ruby).

I cleaned out Charm-N's feet and they were just packed with a combination of dirt, manure, and ROCKS. So many rocks! There was no heat in her feet or pulses and there was no sign of swelling. I am hoping that it was the rocks and maybe I saw her just after a good thump from Ruby, who knows. She was moving about 90% better this evening. I may still have Chatham out for a look tomorrow and I sent Kevin a note that he may want to pick up some pads and shoes depending on how she hoof tests. I'm partial to thinking it's higher up as she allowed me to clean out all four feet fine, but we'll see. I hope she moves even better in the morning.

Saturday I had a cancellation so I pulled Tru-D out and played with some long-lining. I have re-watched both the Clay Maier Training Your Horse to Drive and Nate Bowers/Pat Parelli Driving Horses Vol. 1 (some day I may get the other two) in the last couple weeks and took a little different approach this time.

I started slowly with just asking her to move her forehand and haunches independently a step at a time before playing with a little bit of sidepass. She did very nicely and I was pleased with how soft and calm she was. I finished by double-lungeing and while she did zip off when I changed directions and asked for the trot she came down pretty quickly and stayed on the circle better than she has.

I don't know if I mentioned that we introduced the tire noise the other week, which she did really well with. I have a breastcollar on order for her so we can progress to actually pulling things as it cools down.

Today we had an assessment for Kelhan. He has a hard time with making consonant sounds and we were a little worried about him being behind. Our state has some awesome programs for early child development if you just make the calls (or at least have your pediatrician make the calls).

The lady who came out was really nice and tolerated the boys' attention-seeking antics well. Apparently Kelhan is at the top of the charts in everything except for his communication skills, however the communication is a grey area and he could go either way. She is recommending him for an evaluation with the speech therapist and we go from there. The speech therapist, even if he isn't behind enough to qualify, (s)he should be able to give us thoughts and ideas to help him along. After he turns three, if he is still behind the schools can pick up from there through their Pre-K programs and such.

Options are good. The woman today was very impressed with Kelhan overall in what he can do and his comprehension skills. We hope to keep that up and bring his verbal skills up to par.

I also can't wait to see my working students come back with the cooler weather because I'd love to be working horses for two hours Monday morning instead of mucking. I'd also love to see the arena and stalls completely clean the on the same day twice a week instead of getting the stalls clean one day a week and the arena clean the other. I don't like seeing fly maggots when I scrape up the manure. The birds (and sun) make short work of them once I move to the next area, but I'd rather get it picked up while they are still in their eggs.


Jan. 12th, 2016 09:17 pm
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Friday we took a trip to the snow about 30 or 40 minutes past Payson. It had rained Monday, but cleared up before the three lessons that afternoon. And then it POURED Monday night, which left my away lesson sopping wet, even though she is higher up the hill than I am and it rained more Tuesday so I ended up rescheduling Tuesdays lesson. Wednesday my morning lessons were underwater, but I managed to get Bud worked. We did some puddle hopping. It also rained MORE on Wednesday and into the night. I did have a single die-hard Wednesday afternoon.

Haley worked in the roundpen and we did some turns on the haunches and forehand. She was surprised how wet it was and I told her when I am thinking about cancelling a lesson it has to be really wet!

Thursday, SURPRISE! more rain and no lessons. It was just too horrendously wet and getting wetter. We decided it'd be a good time for a snow trip. I canceled Friday's lessons (too wet anyway and it RAINED MORE) and we loaded up the boys and headed for the snow.

Tristan was so excited for his first snow trip! The reality wasn't quite as exciting as hoped. It was about two feet of fluffy powder, which doesn't make a good snowman and he sunk up past his waist trying to wade through it. Kelhan wasn't really happy except for when he was on my shoulders dictating where we should go and that's okay.

When we got there it was all virgin snow, not a track. We worked up an almost sweat (kept my jacket open!) stomping down a good track through the trees and wandered here and there for a while before Tristan decided it was time for lunch and he needed a corn dog. Thankfully there was a Dairy Queen in Payson that could satisfy the starving little man. Kelhan had one too and Chris and I had KFC before heading back down the hill to home.

Saturday was rain-free, but soggy. I did manage five lessons, though it would have been more because 10am wasn't feeling well and Sue was still underwater. Lots of work in the roundpen! Saturday was also the first day the horses really got turned out. They had an hour or so here and there during the week, but they pretty much spent 22 or 23 hours a day stuck in their stalls. Ruby was in the "spare" covered stall with access to the arena and Tru-D had the turnout and access to Ruby's stall, but the other four were stuck.

Saturday Susanne and I managed to get the stalls all mucked at least and I picjed up five bags of shavings. I used four of them on the stalls (I just have spot-shaving use where the horses pee because I'm cheap and also we just have mare motels so no solid walls to keep shavings in anyway). The last one was vainly used to help dry the turnout, which is still a mess because it gets shade from all sides with the little house, trees, and the L-shape of the shade. The edges are drying somewhat, but we're bumping the farrier until next week so he doesn't have to traverse the mud puddle on the South side of the house to get to where the horses are.

My normal book of lessons is getting back in gear after the mayhem brought about by the rain. The private school classes start this week with the art class tomorrow(!!). Next week is the driving clinic and life is chugging right along.
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We start 'em young at the Trout's Corral. Can you hear Kelhan kiss and say "Ooooh?"

Kitt's last drive was dragging a tire a couple weeks ago and before that it's been since April if not longer. She stood stock still to be hitched and walked off perfectly. I do think I need to eventually get a bridle that fits her a littke better. The browband is a smidge snug and I would like one with a full noseband.

Tristan also joined us and had fun driving. He wanted to go faster, but I told him there wasn't enough room.

So tätig

Oct. 31st, 2015 07:41 pm
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Barring any cancellations I have 29 hours scheduled next week between lessons, client horses, and the private school classes. This does not include travel time, record keeping, or the hour a day that the horses get for general maintenance (feeding and such).

If I keep this up I might have to raise rates on new clients. Of course the initial plan was to save that until I was using the property regularly, but there is that supply and demand thing and if my time is in short supply it becomes more valuable. Maybe what I may do instead of the $20 discount off of four I do currently I'll drop it to $10 so the individual cost stays the same. Something to think about.

We'll see how I manage [ profile] mini_wrimo or something like [ profile] nanomango this month if this keeps up, hahaha!

In other news, Tristan made a good ghost:

We couldn't convince Kelhan to wear his more than two seconds so he just went as himself and we have no photographic evidence of his costume. Better luck next year. Tristan did one round at the trunk or treat and then thoroughly enjoyed handing out candy with his little brother. I think that was more fun for him than getting candy!

Also we got part of the yard fenced for Rolo so she can roam without worrying about her sneaking under the horse panels.
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I'll scan these things in and show them off properly. These were at the beginning of August the day before Kelhan got his hair cut. That child's hair was out of control. Marty is still disgruntled about the cut, but that's okay. The curls didn't die because I cut it and they will be back soon. He went almost 18 months without a haircut, it was time!

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Kelhan loves riding the bikes. We have two little push bikes the boys cruise around on at home and Kelhan is just tall enough to operate his now. Tristan zips around like a mad man and can balance for quite the distance on his own. I will be SO HAPPY when not-summer arrives and I can let them run around outside without having to worry about them getting overheated. It's supposed to be under 100 all week. The end is near!

Yesterday I was looking up possible places to process the 4x5 and it looks like Tempe Camera does it. They will also do pretty much everything else and I could just get the film processed and not get prints, which would save some. Granted I thoroughly enjoy visiting Mr. Grant and don't mind giving him my business as I have for the last 15 or so years.

I do like that the 645 has the option to go up to 1/1000 for the shutter speed. I still love the Mamiya (and I guess I should just start calling it the RB since they are both Mamiyas), but the lenses I have only go up to 1/400. I do need to break out the instant film some day soon and play with that. I think my problem with the previous packs was they were so old the adhesive for the tabs was toast. It wasn't fun having to use tweezers to pull what was left of the paper out so I could access the print! I look forward to a more pleasurable experience next time.

I am also looking into getting a changing bag for the 4x5 film because you have to load the film sheets into the individual holders and had a vague idea of processing my own film, but I haven't processed film since high school and I just sent off my old Paterson tank (figures). I would also have to sacrifice a roll in order to re-learn how to reel the film with confidence let alone thinking about where and how to store the chemicals. That and the 4x5s require a separate set-up to process than the 35 or 120 film. Let's not forget having the time to sit there and agitate it while it processes so no, self-processing will have to wait until I have something like free time and no toddlers to get into it.

Fast da

Aug. 13th, 2015 09:37 pm
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Just for the record it was 112° F today and I am sure over 40% humidity at some point. Nasty, nasty, nasty. The 5pm lesson almost melted and all the horses were soaked even standing under their shades. I made it a point to hose off the sweat.

Tristan finally decided he could start using the toilet to poop last week. However he still thinks he needs to completely strip naked to do so. We'll keep working on that, but it's nice not having any diapers for him.

Kelhan seems to want to potty train himself. He lifts his shirt and tries to pull off his diaper on the way to the toilet. We picked up a pack of pull-ups to make it easier for him. We'll see if we don't have two fully potty trained boys by the end of the year!

Kelhan is in the runwordstogethertosaysomething phase. I have heard things like "Igunnageetoo" and "Iovoo." He had "mama" down and says "up" quite well. He has a sound for cat that sounds a bit like kihhch (German ch) and does "chuh, chuh" for train (all the important words). He's tried to say something like horse and I am sure he has way more sounds than we recognize at this point.

Kitt had a good ride last week and while she initially balked at the crossrail she did go over really well and I could feel her actually engage and honestly jump over it. Hoping for even better this Friday.

It'll be so nice to have the property done and have a jump field set up so I don't have to set up and tear down every time I want to take a few in. Mom is ordering the storage container we'll use as a tack/storage room (8'x20'). I need to ask Chris about contact info for other trench diggers or maybe just wait until we're not roasting so we can do it.

So many things to talk about so little time.

Also: I am enjoying my German titles. It amuses me and does double duty keeping my German in vague, somewhat rusty use.
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The other week Tristan discovered "Gilligan's Island" and in the last week he has almost memorized the theme song and we have been constantly serenaded with "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island" as understood and pronounced by a three year old. He has the hardest time saying "millionaire" and it usually sounds something like "gibidigar."

Saturday I finalky got to try the Mamiya 645. I thought about taking it to Utah, but I wanted to swap out the auto winder with the hand crank because I am an old school control freak like that.

Mr. Grant had given me a few rolls of long-expired (but well-stored) 120 film when I picked up my last two rolls of 35mm. The rolls of 35mm were mystery film. I had no idea how long they had been in my refrigerator so the results were a 100% complete surprise. The roll of black and white was from 2009 when we sent to the first Draft Show before ADHMA was officially formed. The other roll was color and from the Friesian Keuring at HSP in 2011 where we discovered that AZ has pretty crappy Friesian stock. Z's sire, Hedzer was the nicest horse there and of course I was comparing the yearling there to Zetahra and was very pleased with how much nicer she was than the long-backed scrawny thing presented at the Keuring. (Apart from being a tobiano Z looked more like a Friesian should than most Friesians...)

Another sidebar last time I was at Mr. Grants I also acquired a Bogen tripod for $100. The thing could hold a full grown man if you had a platform to fit it it is a beast! Mr. Grant spoils me. I told Chris I was done and he asked if Mr. Grant had died and I said "no" and he asked if I was dead ... "no..." and he responded "you're not done!"

He knows me.

Back on track I loaded up two of the 120 backs with the old film and chased the boys around Marty's backyard while they played around the pool.

It is definitely much lighter than the RB67. The focusing seems a little less precise, but that might be the difference between the bellows on the RB67 and the in-lens focusing on the 645. It is also much harder to take vertical shots. The RB67 has a back that rotates for either landscape or profile so you don't have to rotate the whole camera. The 645 does not and since it has a single mirror for the hood (if that is the proper term) viewfinder that is on it when you rotate it sideways your image is upside down. Both of then produce a mirror image because of the single mirror (SLRs have two mirrors, one that flips up to clear the shutter screen and the other that allows you to look forward, thus making the image as your eye sees it instead of reversed).

I DO have two or three other viewfinders for it that I might play with. One of them has a light meter built in and I think there are two that have an additional mirror like on a 35mm SLR, but you do get used to looking down and chasing your subjects opposite of where your eyes think they are going, heh.

The hardest thing was compensating the tilt when I tried for portrait views. With the image upside down and backwards my eyes were very confused.

It was fun to shoot and now I need to take the film in to develop. I only used one lens (I got nine with the thing) and will have to play with some of the others over time. I really want to try the fisheye and the 500mm lens because those are the two extremes and I have never had the chance to play with anything that big or small!

It was nice having 15 shots instead of just 10 and Inlove that it takes the same film as the bigger RB67 so I don't have three different types of film laying around. The pictures will be smaller (about 2/3s the size), but still much larger than a 35mm frame.

The 645 has the capacity to do 1/1000 of a second whereas my fastest RB67 lens is 1/400 (the RB's shutter is only in the lens, not the body of the camera and I have no idea if they have faster lenses, but I doubt I would be in a position to buy one any time soon (new lenses are usually over $2000.00).

We'll see how the images turn out, but I'm excited for this new-to-me camera and the crazy-good luck I have managed in acquiring all of my equipment.

Since I (hopefully) got good pictures Saturday it was finally time to give Kelhan his first haircut. Marty isn't happy about the loss of his curly locks, but they will return. She didn't believe that Tristan had his cut just as short. Tristan also had his done at 9 months instead of 17!

I'll post some before and after pictures when I get a moment.

Kelhan also definitely says "up." He sometimes says something that sounds like "Immageetgeetgeetyoo!" when chasing people.
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Still busy with lessons, but slightly less busy. Starting to make the Summer shift.

Kelhan is almost over his little bit of sickness, mostly just some major congestion.

Chris and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on Wednesday with our first trip to the Temple in almost four years (read: WAY too long) and lunch together before he had to go to work. We also went out to dinner Monday and today.

Tru-D is 14 hands and over 650lbs. I see her next to Ruby and think she just might have the chance of breaking 16 hands...

E-va's bloodwork came back generally better than it was before we got her. Some of the things that are off could be lingering affects from drugs and the stress she went through while sick.

And I need to keep this short.
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[ profile] kudosirony What is a dream amenity you'd like your farm to have (unlimited money/magic/etc)?

If the no limit applied to maintenance costs too it would be an enclosed climate controlled dressage arena. That would be awesome. No worries about wind and dust storms and melting in the heat. It would be glorious. I guess I could make it bigger, but that would eliminate room to dink outside of the arena area in the future jump field and the like so 20mx60m working area it is!

If it didn't include maintenance costs then just having it covered would be great. One hundred degrees isn't TOO terrible if you don't have the sun beating on you.

In completely unrelated things because I am loathe to make multiple posts in one day Kelhan is officially weaned. I guess it's been that way almost two weeks now, but he decided he didn't want to settle in and nurse before bed anymore so there it went! I figured he would self-wean, but I didn't expect it to be quite so abrupt! It's all good.
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Kelhan is starting to float on his own in his swim lessons. Tomorrow I get to be in the pool with him to work on his skills and be able to do some practice at home.

Wednesday I had some cancellations so I worked E-va and Tue-D. E-va is starting to show quite a bit of extra energy. I need to measure her tomorrow and see what type of progress she is making. Marty says her apetite is growing and she is it really well. In another couple weeks she gets a blood draw and we can see if her bloodwork has leveled out with all of the drugs out of her system.

I got Tru-D trotting in hand. She was very confused to start, but figured it out pretty quick. She is quite smart I think. Galen dropped by today to see how she was doing as he was in the area. He gave her a scratch and seemed pleased at how far she's come in the short time. He also asked if I knew of anyone interested in her half-brother that he still has for sale. He said he has a picture of her sire and should be abke to get me her sire's name. I am curious to know what line he is from.

I have done two of the three videos I need for my recertification. I also finished one of the two tests (outside of some minor editing). Three weeks left holy cow! I may see about redoing the driving video, perhaps going down to Horseshoe for smoother ground so we aren't rattling on the bumpy ground so much.

Today I took Kitt to training for the last time until my schedule calms down. While money is fine for it I want to take Kelhan to as many of his lessons as possible and I barely have the time between lessons to do that most days and trying to squeeze in the time to drive over (even if it is just six miles round trip) and take lessons just isn't happening right now.

The lase session was pretty bad. She refused a ton and doged out of the jumps. My speculation was some possible soreness from the spring shots a few days before. A couple of the horses had some visible swelling from it and Kitt had a decent knot still when I palpated her neck afterwards.

Michelle suggested Kitt was running through the bitless bridle so this time we tried something. I put the bitless on her and then her normal bitted bridle with the French link over it. This was my first experience working with two sets of reins and it wasn't quite as crazy as I was expecting. I treated the snaffle rein like you would a curb, coming out below my pinky and setting the rein to the side out the top of my hand and held the bitless rein like one would the snaffle, coming between my pinky and ring finger and up the hand with the thumb pressed on it dor security. It worked quite well as light engagement would only work the cross-under straps and greater engagement would put the bit into play, which I didn't have to do too much, but it was nice having that extra reinforcement when she got a little strong (i.e. set in what she thought she was going to do, not necessarily fast and rushing, she is a Fjord after all).

She got better and better as we worked and we ended on the three jump line with with two single stride distances. She did goober about the poles on the ground we started with, which was ridiculous after she went over the double bounce of cavelletti so nicely. I think last session did a combination of overfacing her and souring her to the specific line a bit.

I did get video of it all and plan on sharing when I have the time to cut it to a reasonable length (hahaha).

Our thoughts going forward are when I come back to it getting some consistent sessions in so we can see if the weirdness we had last time was just an anomaly, especially since the time before that she did absolutely fabulous.

Kitt is getting a hair cut tomorrow. Her mop of hair must go for the Summer. That and I couldn't see her ears through it while jumping today and she does not have small ears.

Did I mention Tru-D got her first bath last week?

Her coat was so nice and soft after it dried. She did pretty well with it, just ran around a little bit not sure of the wetness before settling in.

The program for her thusfar includes more walking in hand and maybe thinking about introducing the surcingle in the next few weeks. Asking her to start walking over, around, and on through/between things is in the works too.

In property news we have all the thorny desert trees gone. I need to take a moment to call someone about getting a shipping container to use as a tack room and lay out the water line next. Getting there! Hopefully it won't be too long before I am shifting the stuff over there and get to leave my jumps set up and don't have to put them up and tear them down after each use and also no more dodging pee spots and all that other good stuff. The only downside will be getting students adjusted to the bigger space (and not run over my dressage arena fence every few minutes).
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Tru-D no longer thinks that the velcro noise is going to kill her when the fly mask is being put on and taken off of her. She will (mostly) stand to be fly sprayed so long as you have a hand on her mask. This is about the stage Charm-N was when we first got her so being as she's 13 years younger than Charm-N was I think we should be able to make good progress on that mark too.

Bud is a knucklehead who thinks that open trailer doors are very scary under saddle, but will walk right into it when lead. I have taken him out to the San Tans with a client of mine and he did very well. Eden did awesome with her owner out on trail, much better than either of us were anticipating and hoping for more nice, relaxed rides from the old Fox Trotter mare in the future.

E-va still has no name so far as Marty is concerned, but I am calling her E-va for lack of a better option. She seems to be eating well enough. I measured her last week and I think next week she should probably be measured again to see if we're making progress.

Tru-D seems to have sprouted. She suddenly seems very large for a yearling. I don't know if that has anything to do with E-va being much smaller and not quite a year older.

Sunny is finally getting something like consistent work. I tried her in the Moss Rock cross-under bridle earlier this week and didn't have any angry head-bobbing like I have with the Dr. Cook's. We'll see if it is just her giving it a grace period or if she really does like it better than the other. If she does like it better I am willing to bet it is the lack of the ring+rein buckle weight.

I also realized that I could get a sidepull bridle from Running Bear and order a set of reins from Moss Rock and end up with a pretty cool cross-under with the slightly fancier look of Running Bear and Moss Rock's genius rein design. That might be frivilous birthday money thoughts...

Mr. Grant said he wants to pass on one of his cameras plus a bunch of lenses and I was the first person he thought of. I am drooling massively I just don't know how much of it my pocketbook will be able to claim....

I need to pull out the Mamiya and take pictures of Kelhan while he is still a year old.
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Kelhan hasn't been called Grünter for quite a while. He still occasionally grunts and grumbles, but not nearly so much. His current nickname is "Mr. Grabby Hands." It has been so for about a month, closing in on two. He will just about dive out of one's arms to reach something interesting and it has been difficult to keep things out od his amazingly long reach (food, cups, plates...).

Tristan has picked up on it and has called Kelhan Mr. Grabby Hands a couple of times (especially when Kelhan is trying to get at a toy).

We'll see how long the name sticks. As Marty pointed out it probably isn't one you want sticking around into his teens, heh.

Our ward had their trunk or treat last night. Tristan went from hating his costume to loving it (Darth Vader), thiugh he refused to wear the helmet, which is OK. We'll be going to my parents Friday for the traditional dinner in a pumpkin and a little bit of traditional trick or treating because houses that are right next to each other and close to the road are much more condusive to going door to door!

I have five lessons today. How does that happen on a Thursday? Not complaining. I'll be working over 20 hours this week (17 lessons plus Bud)
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Yesterday we loaded up the boys and headed to the North country. It is usually 20° or so cooler up on the Rim compared to down here and with the whole week threatening to nudge us into our first triple-digit day it was a good time to pack it up and enjoy some cooler weather. Thursday happens to be my least busy day so I cleared out my lessons and we had the whole day.

Kelhan slept the whole way and Tristan fell asleep partway up. We stopped at the upper Canyon Creek first, which is by the fish hatchery. There are still areas that are virtually bare and full of dead trees from the Rodeo-Chedisky (sp?) Fire more than ten years ago, it might be closer to 15 now, but I can't remember. The upper creek was pretty dense and didn't have much area to dink around in so we back-tracked a little and took the road ro the lower part of the creekñ which has a nice, open meadow that slopes down to the rim that marks the creekbed's yearly flood stage.

The terrain is not condusive to even our big wheeled stroller (despite Tristan's best efforts at pushing it) and we had forgotten the Baby Björn so I carried Kelhan most of the time (Chris took him over for a bit too).

Tristan had a ball throwing rocks I to the creek and watching them splash. He also discovered that sticks float down the creek, though as he found bigger and bigger ones they floated more and more poorly, but they did make a satisfying splash.

Tristan soaked his lower half rather thoroughly and I got my socks and shoes a nit wet, ditched them for a minute to walk in the stream with Tristan, and then put then back on still slightly damp. It was a good thing we brought Tristan a spare set of clothes.

We had a late lunch/early dinner in Payson before heading home. I'm looking forward to more similar jaunts.

The Jeep performed quite well. We exercised the four-wheel drive a bit, though it wasn't really necessary it is good to give the gears a workout. The seats are pretty comfortable and they actually have REAL lumbar support. Silber had some lumbar adjustability, but on longer drives I usually ended up stuffing a sweater or towel or something behind my lower back because it didn't actually support the back in a truely neutral position. Most car seats don't and with their head rests they actually encourage a forward slouch that roaches the back and pushes one's ears in front of the navel. I actually turned the headrest backwards on Silber and if I drive my Parents Ford I pull the stupid thing off because it drives me insane. The Whimobile, however isn't half bad in the seat department. The head rest isn't quite my ideal, but at least I don't feel like my head is being shoved off of my shoulders.

This morning Chris got Charm-N our along with the forecart. I put Tristan in his room for a minute so I could help Chris hitch up (at two we are not quite trustworthy enough to not get into trouble while parents are obviously engaged in something else, especially outside.

Chris drove Charm-N in the front and side yard while Tristan and I watched and then joined him after setting Kelhan in his crib. With the trees on the South end it is almost like going on a trail drive. Tristan is getting to the point where he could go around the neighborhood with us without worrying about him randomly jumping off on us.

I am glad that Chris is getting comfortable enough to drive on his own (even with garbage trucks going up and down the road). My hindbrain still freaks out a little.


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