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Date:7/22/2014 7:51:48 AM
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Hey! This morning I started working with the horse I was telling you about, Exel! He hasn't left the field or even been brushed in over a year. Laura, my 4-H advisor said he lives the life every horse dreams of. Run around and play with his friends, eat and he doesn't have a job to do. But he wants attention. Someone to love and care for him. Just being led was something he hasn't done in forever! At first he was pushy, nervous and excited. He would try to get ahead of me but I would just circle him. We put him in his stall and gave him his grain while I gave him a well deserved grooming. Since he hasn't been brushed in so long every time I touched him with the brush he look back at me like "What? Why in the world is this human giving me attention?" But then he decided he liked it. Then, after many tries, he let me pick up his feet. We tried lunging him too. He would just get out there and run around in a circle. When I asked him to walk he would stop and face me. I know it's a respect thing when he faces me instead of turning away but still I just wanted him to walk, so we'll need to work on that. What used to be his bridle path was so long and overgrown it looked pretty bad. I asked Laura if she thought he would let us clip it. She said probably not but we can try! He let us! He did better than most of the 4-H horses! We were both shocked! He let us go around his eyes and mouth too! He even let us do his ears and put his head down so we could reach! We didn't do his ears since it's getting colder but if we wanted to he would have let us. He learns really fast. He tries so hard to please but just doesn't know what we are asking of him. Laura thinks he would trailer really well because he has been to so many different states for training. He really needs someone to work with him and love him but he is very willing and wants to please. Crystal was shocked, discusted and offended that I would work with such a horse! It was kinda funny to watch her. For right now our "big" goal is bathing. It will probably take till spring considering he won't stand in crossties and we can't do it in the winter. I'm gonna start working with him once or twice a week. Can't wait!!! I have a bunch of goals that I wrote down for him. Just little things like standing still in crossties or giving us his feet when asked. Stuff that I don't even think about when Crystal does. After I get some pictures of him I will definitely make a page. If you have any advice on any of the things I mentioned we could really use it! Thanks!
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