Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Kirstin's sister & her friend were batting a volleyball around in the round pen while we were attempting to get pictures of Kirstin & Tuff with the magazine. When Kirstin lead Tuff back to the round pen the girls were going to leave, but Kirstin told them to stay and see how Tuff would react to them playing volleyball around him. No big deal, he even pretended to be the net for a little while.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Kirstin is hoping to incorporate the podium in a possible finals performance, just in case. Tuff has decided that he is not fond of the podium, but it is still early. It might be a little too tall for him, so on my way to work I thought of something new for Kirstin to do, she will have to give it a try tonight. But, on this particular day, Kirstin jumped up on top of the podium and stood in one place while Tuff circled around her. Pretty cool looking, but very hard to do because if she applied the least amount of pressure, Tuff would turn & face her so she has to figure out the right distance so that she can get the rope over her head without pulling out the slack.-after all Tuff is only doing what he was taught.
Tuff had a very bad case of warts on his nose, we are elated to announce that the warts are disappearing at a fast rate. We feel that a lot has to do with the fact that he is becoming healthier, we can see the change in him every day. His coat is as shiny as a new penny, he has more energy, looks more healthy.
Kirstin went back to school this morning. 5:30a.m. came very early for her today. Luckily her older sister is currently at home, so she has agreed to take on Kirstin's morning chores otherwise Kirstin would have been waking up at 5:00a.m. Training will now go to just once a day and couple that with homework, Kirstin is taking pre A.P. courses this year so she will have her plate full. As a matter of fact, she was up late last night finishing her summer homework for pre A.P. English. That's what she gets for procrastinating. She read the book early this summer but I think the project was larger than she expected. But, as usual Kirstin got her work completed and will turn in a well thought out project.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Kirstin's nephew, Daniel, is at the stage where he wants to hug everything and he loves Tuff. So he gave Tuff a hug. Tuff didn't mind having a toddler hanging onto his leg. Too bad Tuff wasn't one of the older riding horses, because I think he would have been really easy to train to ride. He is so accepting of everything and is so smart and willing to work.
Tuff even stood still to have both of his ears examined by Kirstin's brother. He was shaking his head a little and we just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything crawling around in there, just a really dirty ear from all of the dust around here. He didn't mind having his ears examined at all, I know of some horses that wouldn't even let you touch the ears much less look around inside of them.
Notice the new pink halter that Kirstin's sister bought for Tuff. We did say that he is "Tuff-E-Nuff" to wear pink in memory of people like Kirstin's grandmother who died of breast cancer and in honor of all who are fighting the fight. Tuff is proud to wear pink.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The finished podium is higher than we thought it would be so we were afraid that it would be too tall for Tuff. Kirstin takes him to the podium and he sniffs it, walks around it...
Then Kirstin jumps up on it and starts jumping up and down, making lots of noise on it....
Then Tuff starts pawing at the top making the same noise that Kirstin did...
Then the light bulb clicks on and he's says, So, this is what you want me to do, no problem.
TAZ was watching from his pen, looking a little bored, so Kirstin jumped on his back and took him for a spin. He has grown so much since we brought him home last year. Almost a year has gone by it is sooo hard to believe. Kirstin is soo excited, she will be getting her Title to TAZ before too long. And he is her horse through & through. The two have such a wonderful connection, unbelievable bond and they have learned so much from each other. TAZ has been a blessing to the entire family, but especially to Kirstin.
Monday, August 17, 2009
First time for Tuff to be in an open arena. Plenty of room to run around, but he stays with Kirstin and really behaves himself nicely. I think Kirstin was a little surprised by how well he bahaved.
This arena is on the top of a hill and right off of I35 so there was quite a bit of wind and a lot of traffic noise but that didn't seem to phase Tuff.
We forgot to bring the props that Kirstin uses when she trains Tuff, so we had to improvise and find things at the arena that would work. Gave Tuff something new to go through.
Trotting at a lead is still something that Kirstin & Tuff are having a hard time with. There for a while Tuff was trotting nicely along side of Kirstin, but recently he has decided that he doesn't want to trot. So, Kirstin has resorted back to using the flag stick and he seems to be improving. He did get a little excited and started kicking up his heels while being trotted, but I guess that has a lot to do with his age-I hope.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We are thinking about buying this old leather saddle from Kirstin's drill team coach. Our grandson who is only 14 months old loves horses and loves to ride them. The saddle is a little bigger than I wanted but it is a good quality saddle and Kirstin says that it is very comfortable even though it is to small for her. Fits Tuff really well, now we need to get a smaller saddle pad. Tuff didn't mind all of the noise this saddle made. The first saddle Kirstin used on him was an Albetta and they don't make any noise and they are light as a feather where as this leather has a little bit more weight to it. Tuff didn't mind at all.
Kirstin's dad helping out. Kirstin wanted to see how Tuff would react to a rope. Obviously, he doesn't mind the rope.
He didn't even mind it being swung around him or at him, in front of him or...
Monday, August 10, 2009
The horse chasing the object at first seems to really work, Tuff accepted the saddle blanket without hesitation.
and then he takes the saddle with very little movement.
Tuff gets to chase the tarp for a little while which makes him realize that the tarp isn't going to eat him
TAZ has to be the most spoiled horse in the world. Steve has planted vegetables all over our place, anywhere there is a water source, there is a plant of kind or other. Here he is checking a squash plant which is in TAZ's pen and TAZ follows him around like a puppy dog.
Tuff did great! The trailer ride there and back home was uneventfull. He even loaded in the dark without any problems. Now I am much more confident about taking him places, so we will be on the road quite often.
Here Tuff is in a pen at the arena watching all of the horses and flags go by. Kirstin didnt get to work with him there, but he did great while he was there.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuff was a wild bronc last night. I can honestly say that I have never witnessed such antics from him before. I could overhear Kirstin say to him, "ok, you want to run and act crazy, you will run" He wanted to stop after a few circles at a full lope, but Kirstin kept him going until she was ready for him to stop and he was behaving like he should. She asks for the stop and then for him to change directions....
and Tuff decided that it was soooo much easier if he didnt act like a toddler and throw a fit. A lot less work when he behaves.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Kirstin trying to pony Tuff. Trigger doesn't like Tuff to much. He's a little jealous of him, Kirstin spends more time with Tuff than him. He kept turning his hip into Tuff and Tuff didn't help because he kept trying to chew on Trigger's saddle pad which made Trigger think he was trying to bite him. The two finally figured that they should behave because Kirstin wasn't giving up that easily.
Another form of yielding to pressure.
Trotting over obstacles. Tuff is getting really good at trotting at a lead. He's a little slow to start, but once he gets going, he doesn't stop until Kirstin stops.