Lunging for Learning

Good day, Friends!

The day for Elvis’ date with the vet nears for his gelding appointment!

In preparation for after care, which involves lunging twice a day, we had a session to refine skills for both myself and Elvis.

First we were given a visual with Erika Lafors explaining what we are doing:  addressing nose in, ribs out, shoulder over, maintain gait, maintain direction.

Check it out!

Then it was my turn to be coached.  Elvis learns quickly!

Then we did a little refining on the change of direction!

How do you prepare your partner?  I’d love to hear!

Terri

 

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Catching up With Elvis

Good morning, Friends! 

Elvis continues his progress!  During the last three months of  temperatures in the nineties, I’ve been meeting up with Elvis in the mornings while still cool, to have fun with all things feet!

We have had obstacle work in the indoor arena, some Ttouch work, learning how to give a bow down, preparation for ground tying, practice on proper in-hand leading skills, pedestal fun, some liberty, work on quiet feet, trailer loading and backing out, the game of “around the world” progressing to “sit stay”, and had a first outing to an obstacle course for a day!

Awesome fun!  Let me catch you up!

Here is his trailer loading, first time went in willingly, and then here we are refining, coached by Erika Lefors, part of the ALT Horsemanship team!

Here Elvis is getting good at the bow down.

Getting some Ttouch, built into grooming time. . . . .

Tuned into his handler. . . . . .

some in-hand practice. . . . . .

coached on the pedestal. . . . . .

Practicing technique. . . . .

Playing “around the world”, we achieved twice around this day!

and finally some “sit stay” as I back away, I got two good steps in!

Be sure and follow our progress on our Facebook page DD This Dudes Rad!  Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/DD-This-Dudes-Rad-324724784544503/

Stay Tuned!

Terri

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Saddle Fit for Flicka

Good Evening, Friends!

There is lots to be said about saddle fit!  I’m very close to getting a saddle for Flicka.  She has been using the saddles at the barn, which are serving well.  I’ve been considering the weight issue, getting it up on her back, lol! and expenditure.  I’ve spent a little, and a lot.  While I like to keep things simple, Flicka’s comfort while doing the job I ask, is imperative.  Saddle pads can be high tech material, synthetic, or the classic wool for breathability and conforming to the horse’s back.  It appears that you can spend as much as you want!

I’m considering a barrel saddle, for the weight and purpose I desire.  I plan on using Flicka in working horse events, maybe some timed events and obstacle courses.  Cowboy Dressage is a thought.  I need a traditional set up with a horn.

I visited saddle shops with new and used inventory to see how this style measures for my seat, talked to friends who barrel race or use this style, looked on Facebook forums to see what people were selling, and checked out on-line shops and makers.

I recently had a session with Angela Tanner at the barn to compare saddles being used on Flicka, all of which have been doing the job.  I measured gullet width and skirt length, since Flicka is short backed and short coupled.

The first one we looked at was a Corriente.  Placed without a pad, we had good gullet clearance and nice shoulder flare.  A thin pad with neoprene, I believe, on the underside, worked well.

The second one was an American, which a local shop carries.  It also fit well.  These both had straight skirts, but were minimal with the barrel saddle styling.  It was the lightest of the three with a ralide tree.

The third one was a Saddlesmith of Texas, round skirted barrel saddle.  This is more of an upper end saddle, with prices of around $2,000.00.  The Corriente and American are similar, being around $650.00.  This was a full quarter bar and an eight inch gullet, needing a one inch felt pad to adjust gullet fit.

I’m leaning towards a round skirted semi-quarter with seven inch gullet.  I should be able to find something with a middle-of-the-road price tag for an entry level starter set up in case Flicka’s back and conformation changes.  I will likely stay with a wool pad, the rounded barrel design, and a contoured topline.

What is your process for changing gear and disciplines?  I’d love to know!

Terri

Flashback:  Here is my rig for being out on an all day ride, prepared to stay overnight if need be.  This was taken in the Diamond Peak Wilderness with my Morab, Charlie-horse.  Planning for your purpose is key!

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The new Little Missy

Folks!  The summer has been busy, and we are on the cusp of a change of season again!  School has even started in some of the neighborhoods!  The heat in Spokane has again been in the upper 80’s, 90’s and even triple digits.  By my definition and choice, this is too hot to ride out, and we have had smoke, some of the worst air quality in the nation at times, from Canadian fires to the North, Central Washington fires, and wildfires in Montana.  So I sit tight, but still need to satisfy my cravings for horse progress.  Having Elvis at the barn for training keeps the ball rolling forward.  I visit the barn in the mornings while it can still be called cooler, for sessions with Elvis.

Then along came Flicka!

Flicka is a three year old, that came into the barn early Summer for skill building and sale, or re-homing.  I took her on, and I’ve been having fun ever since!

I love my projects, Whiskey is hanging at home until the weather is cooler, and the juggle works.  Of course, I have great support from the training barn, with Angela Tanner, and her daughters Erika Lefors and Z, or else I would not be doing this!  Support is everything!

Flicka is having her first rides, and she is a nice in-between from the youngster Elvis, and older and more accomplished fourteen-year old Whiskey!

She came without any formal training, but had some reactionary responses instilled, which the Angela Tanner team had already made improvements on by the time she arrived on my radar.

She has progressed enough that I am starting to have some sessions with her, so enjoyable!

Groundwork has been started with bridlework techniques.  Here is a demonstration by Angela Tanner, Brandi Lyons Certified Trainer, of which this technique is a key element.

Hugs all around!

 

Terri

Follow our progress on Facebook page My Friend Flicka!

https://www.facebook.com/My-Friend-Flicka-1943833242529698/

 

 

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Fun With Elvis!

Good Morning, Friends!

Elvis has started  his education!  Z is sacking him out, having fun playing with him!

Elvis is started with giving him exposure to all kinds of things!  The round pen is used for some basics, followed with bitting up, using a pony bit to get him used to packing it, and and introduction to bridlework will follow.

Saddle pad, noodles, picking his feet up, and a start with “come to me”.

The sunshine is a wonderful change from the cold of early Spring!  I’m enjoying having the opportunity to have training time at the barn while I wait for temperatures to drop a bit!

Don’t forget some hang out time, what they really want!

Happy Trails!

Terri

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Elvis Joins the Big World

Good Morning, Friends!

Our Winter was long and cold and the pasture took it’s time thawing!  Footing was poor, progress was delayed!  Of course, I believe everything happens in its proper order and time.  I’ve been involved with horses long enough, and seen the seasonal changes enough, that I have become philosophical!  I always seem to catch up and it is all good!

These are times that can be maximized in their own way.  I took the time to hang out, groom, give TTouch sessions, and just enjoy.  Whiskey was a great help being Big Brother! while taking charge.  When the shoer came, Whiskey was Mr. Solid while Elvis was curious about everything!  Gratefully, my shoer is very tolerant, Elvis got the elbow just once!

There were a few of us that got weanlings at the same time, a project with a built in support system of friends!  Laura Sanchez, one of the peeps, came to visit and we had fun playing!  I had familiarized him with the halter, so we were able to slip it on and get it adjusted.

We cooled him down a bit on this hot day, did some leading, and called it good.  He was scheduled to go into the training barn the next week, at Angela Tanner’s, to start building his skill base, get gelded, and after gelding care.

This is a fun project and  a great learning experience for me, however, I made sure I had the support of Angela and her team to make it a success!

Stay tuned!

Terri

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