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Date:7/22/2014 7:13:27 AM
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HI, left a vote. I will run Amber for hotm for Dec.

Played with Amber today. Oh boy, what a day. I worked with a trash bag full of empty soda cans. We drug it from one end of the arena to the other and back again. I shook it at her, low and high, rubbed it all over both sides, put it in the saddle, behind the saddle, both sides, she was like really calm and good with it. So I put it back in the saddle and loosely tied it to the horn. I still have my hand on the sack and am holding her with my left hand, I ask her to walk, she did, everything was going well, then the cans shifted, made noise, that was it! She blew! Crap!!! LOL!!!! She pulled back really hard, I tried to hang on and said "whoa", but I had to let go as it was burning my hand. She fell on her side, I said "whoa Amber", was going to get it off of her, but when she got up, she had that look in her eye, and I knew I had to let her deal with it. Off she went, bucking, the sack started to slip, bucked again, making contact with the sack, bucked again, the sack split open, cans all over the arena, she is clear of it now, still bucking, she looked like a rodeo star! When she finally stopped, she was about 15 feet from me, she was frozen, nostrils were a going, she was even shaking a little. I didn't really know what to do, wasn't sure if she was done, or taking a breather. So I remained calm, and started to talk to her in my best soothing voice, and walked slowly towards her. I started to stroke her neck and kept talking to her, she was standing on her lead. I asked her to back, but she didn't want to move. So I kept talking and stroking her neck, she started to soften and relax, I said I need you to get off of your lead, she picked up her hind foot, I pulled the lead towards me. LOL. We then started to walk around the arena, we did this for a few minutes. I then tied her in the arena, and cleaned up the mess. I put all of the cans in a pile. I didn't have an extra bag so I knew I needed to get her ok with the pile before we quit for the day.

I left her tied for until she relaxed which wasn't long. I then started walking her near the pile. She snorted at it a few times, but within 10 minutes, she was sniffing the pile, she even tried to bite one of the cans! I knew she now she was going to be ok with it. I walked her around the arena for a little longer, and decided to ride. So I put on her bridle and lead her over to the mounting block. She wouldn't stand next to it today. So I put the lead back on her, and lunged her at a trot around the block for a few minutes. Switching directions often. Tried again to have her stand near it, she wouldn't, so we lunged some more, tried again, she wouldn't so lunged again. She still wasn't standing next to it, so I scolded her! She had the "oh no, mom is mad at me" look in her eye, she stood there, I got on, we continued to stand there for a few minutes and then off we go. She did really good, she even walked rig
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