Monday, March 30, 2009
Kirstin didn't feel much like riding after spending 2 hours at drill practice Friday evening and all day Saturday on horseback(we left the house at 10:30am and didn't unload until 11:00pm) so I told her that was ok but she needed to give Taz a workout in the roundpen and then work on picking up his hooves. If you remember a few weeks ago when we tried to get Taz's hooves done, he was having nothing to do with getting his right rear hoof done-the farrier couldn't even touch it. So Kirstin needed to do some refresher training. It didn't take Taz long before he started remembering everything-he is such a smart horse. The best of all is that if you look no one is holding him-he is ground tied!
She finally gets the rear hoof up with no problem. She rubbed him all over his hind leg and he was very accepting of everything. But, he is accepting of just about anything Kirstin asks of him. Had it been me or her father, it might have been a different story.
Taz could do all of this at the competition. He only became leery of it because we didn't continue to pick up his hooves like we should have. Now that Kirstin knows that she can do this she will have to continue until he is completely comfortable with not just her handling his hooves but others as well. He makes work fun-doesn't seem much like work.
Kirstin takes her nephew; Daniel, for his first horse ride. Daniel loves horses-whenever he sees one he starts making all kinds of noise and starts clapping his hands. He's a cowboy in training. I can already see him riding Trigger when he gets older.
Kirstin had her first playday of the season. She performed with her drill team and then later that evening, her & Trigger entered the barrel race. Trig isn't a trained barrel horse, but he loves the barrels. Their time was a little off because Trig tried going around the first barrel the wrong way and when Kirstin pulled him back around, she lost her stirrup and almost slipped off the saddle. Their final time was 19.931 seconds-good enough for 3rd place. She also got 3rd place on straight away barrels.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
This is the first time that we have had a farrier out. Both of our horses were in bad need of a trim. We really should have done it sooner, but time just seems to slip by. Fortunately, living out in the sandy soil that we live in helps to keep their hooves filed, but they were in need of shaping & Taz has a crack in one of his front hooves that we wanted the farrier to look at. The crack is looking good and almost grown out.
Taz surprised us and behaved really well while his front hooves were being done.
His rear hooves were a different story. He just didn't want those done. The farrier was extremely patient & gentle(even after Taz kicked out at him) and he worked with Taz for a quite a long time. He was able to get this side trimmed, but Taz would have nothing to do with the file. The other side, his sensitive side; Taz would not stand still. Instead of getting Taz into a tizzy trying to get that one done, he advised waiting a little while, gave Kirstin some tips on getting him used to handling his rear legs again and we will reschedule his visit. We blame ourselves on this one because we didn't handle his legs like we should have. Kirstin continued his training as far as in the saddle was concerned, but... that's OK, it gives Kirstin something new to work with.
Taz also had a bath the day before, so it was a spa weekend for him. He wasn't sure about the bath at first, but by the time Kirstin was done, he was loving every minute of it.
Kirstin is hoping to use Taz for her Drill team, but he is still unsure about the flags they carry, so she starts desensitizing him to flags. She starts out with a very small American flag. As you can see he isn't crazy about the idea of the flag getting anywhere near him.
Patience pays off. Kirstin held the flag over Taz's eyes for about a minute and he didn't budge.
Now it's time it desensitize the rest of this body. Taz has issues with anything on this side of him. Kirstin always has to take things a little slower on this side.
Flag over the top of the head no problem.
Carrying the flag on top of him. This was a different prospective for him. He wasn't too sure about Kirstin carrying the flag while riding him, but he got used to it and she was even able to move it around. Next week, we increase the size of flag.
Double click on this photo and look at the expression on Kirstin's face. That smile says it all!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Again, I am new at this video thing so please bear with me. I hollered out the back door to see if Kirstin needed any help with Taz and she said no, I'm keeping him in the round pen because I'm going to ride him bridleless. So of course I hollered back, Wait! I want to video that. Taz is such an amazing horse and He & Kirstin just seem to click. I know that with time I will eventually look out & see Kirstin riding him in the middle of the pasture without anything, but for now this is only done inside of the round pen. But even still, it is an amazing thing to watch.
I stopped videoing just when Kirstin & Taz started making some tight turns. Looked really cool, so here's a sampling of what I am talking about. You can see Taz turning his head almost as if Kirstin was pulling him around, but she's not. Stops are the hardest when riding without a bridle, but the last stop looks really good. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, this horse never ceases to amaze us. WOW! is the best word for it.