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Date:8/20/2014 1:10:41 PM
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Thanks for HOTD!
Hey! Thanks for HOTD! I totally wasn't expecting it! I got to work with Exel again this morning. It was probably the best day we've ever had. After he was brushed and fed we lunged with a saddle. He was okay but every time I asked him to stop he would turn and face me and when I asked him to trot he kept stopping and walking and then he was mad so he started bucking. We decided to take him to the round pen. We took his lunge line off and lunged him without it. Once he realized he was free he didn't pay much attention to us and just started running around and bucking. But then he started to get tired. We weren't going to let him stop until he gave in and started to listen to us. We were waiting for him to drop his head and start to lick and chew as a sign of submission. We waited and waited. He ran and ran. Neither of us were going to give up. Now he was getting tired and starting to drop his head but still no licking or chewing. We made him switch direction every once in a while by crossing his shoulder with the whip. He was very good about that and even though we never touched him with the whip we could get him moving where we wanted him to go. Eventually he dropped his head and started licking and chewing. Immediatly we let him stop. After that he just stood there until we told him it was okay to come in to us. After that he was a totally different horse. When we were still in the round pen we could lead him wherever we wanted without a lead rope or anything he was just learning to work off of my shoulder. After that he was tired and sweaty so we gave him a bath. He stood very well and after we worked in the round pen he never once tried to bite me! A huge improvement! I can't work with him again until Tuesday but we will probably do that lunging without a lunge line again because that seemed to work really well. Sorry to bore you with a long blog!
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