Friday, June 25, 2010


Kirstin isn't the only one who likes to sit on TAZ in the middle of the field. So does our neighbor's daugther. Kirstin is teaching Victoria how to ride. Victoria is quickly learning to love horses as much as Kirstin.

Some round pen work. TAZ likes to cut corners, if possible in a round pen, so Kirstin has to keep reminding him that he needs to stay on the fence.


Jamie works Dyno most of the time. Dyno is still very young at heart and can at times show his youthfulness. But, he is still a sweetie of a horse. Loves to be with people. Just needs a little extra time in the round pen to ensure that all of his spunk is out of him.

Kirstin rides all of the horses, practicing all of the cues that they know so they don't forget them. Look at that shine on Dyno, he is a real pretty horse.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mustang pickup

Kirstin is so excited, she has just a few weeks left before she gets her Mustang yearling for this year's makeover. We will be picking up the yearling on July 10 in Piney Woods, Mississippi. She is already coming up with different names. Of course the name has to have meaning behind it. She is still training Maddie for our neighbor but plans to have her completely finished by the time the yearling arrives. She is just fine tuning her now. Our neighbor wants her to be neck reined so that is what Kirstin is focusing on now. Other than that, Kirstin has her rock solid for the young girls to ride.
Can't wait to watch as Kirstin develops her Mustang yearling into a willing partner.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Manicure for the boys

Friday, all of the boys on the place got a manicure. We were a little concerned about Kryptonite and Dynamite as we have not had to have their hooves done since bringing them home. We are very fortunate and live in sand so usually all that is needed is shaping. Kirstin and Jamie have been working with both Krypt and Dyno. Krypt is perfectly fine with anyone handling his hooves so we weren't too terribly worried about him, but Dyno had been fighting the girls when they attempted to pick up a hind foot, kicking out and then when they would pick up a front hoof, he would attempt to bow. Well, on Friday our farrier came out and she went straight to work. She started with our old gelding, Trigger who picks up his hooves for you. All he needed was shaping. Next was Krypt-no problem at all with him. He got a trim and shaping. Dyno came after Krypt and I was surprised to hear that he did relatively well. He did attempt to kick out when Sara picked up his hind hoof, but she is very patient and held on. When she was doing his front hooves, he did try to bow several times. She was able to trim and shape both Krypt and Dynos hooves. Yeah!!! TAZ is still leery of having his hind hooves handled, no problems with the front one though. Ever since that vet took a cattle prod to his hindquarters, he doesn't like anyone doing anything around that area. Kirstin had to work forever just to get him to accept being brushed back there again. Thanks Dr. So & So. Luckily his hooves are in good shape, but Sara really wanted to try to get him to accept being handled on the rear hooves. She was able to get him to accept touching the hoof with the rasp and she stopped there. Stop while your ahead.

Kirstin is teaching the 2 girls from down the road how to ride. She will also be picking up her yearling in about a month. She is so excited to be training for the Mustang Makeover for a third year. She has also applied for the position of Mustang Representative II and is hoping to be accepted for that position.
Pics to come soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2010 Extreme Mustang Makever!

Just heard that Kirstin has been selected as 1 of the 25 youths for the Tennessee makeover. I did a quick scan of the trainers and although I could be mistaken I believe Kirstin is the only youth trainer to have competed in all 3 years since they started the youth mustang makeovers. She is going to be so excited!!!!!!