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Date:7/30/2014 3:05:53 AM
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Hey! Haven't talked to you in a while!
Hi! I'm sorry we haven't been on in forever! Our computer has a virus so sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! Having a horse really takes a lot of time! haha wish it took more! Who needs school anyway? Well Summer and I have been doing wonderful. How are you guys? Summer got his feet trimmed today and stood perfectly. He was such a good boy. And the farrier said he couldn't see any founder lines! Good news! Have I told you about the training I'm trying with him? hmm I don't think so. Sorry if I have and I'm repeating myself! Well we're doing the whole natural horsemanship thing. Which is working perfectly. Summers old trainer was into the whole cowboy up I'm incharge you WILL submit to me even if it hurts kinda thing. I'm more I wanna be your friend and I want you to listen to me because you respect me and wanna be my friend to. Not because you think you might get hurt. So I have been building his trust from the ground up. Starting with lunging. When he first came on the lunge line he wouldn't canter at all. When I asked him to canter he would trot really really fast until he tripped himself. We are now using leg wraps. :) He's really a body language horse. And if you make it clear to him what you want you won't have any problems. He really wants to please. So when he was on the lunge line I wanted to teach him to stop and eventually switch directions with voice commands. So when I wanted him to stop I would say woah (lol in my deepest man voice) and take a big step in front of him. He would usually slow and eventually stop but sometimes he wouldn't pay attention and would just waltz right past. but since I just lunge him in a halter without a chain i would give him a quick jerk with the lunge line. Now I can get him to stop completly without coming in to me just by saying woah. And i can use the lunge line to pull his head around the other way and switch my hand to the other side and get him to switch direction! Did I mention we don't use a whip! So yes. I would say we are coming along beautifully in that.

We have also been doing a lot with showmanship just like to build a relationship I guess. His leading manners are okay but he still kinda practicully leaps in your lap like a puppy and says hold me hold me! And wouldn't trot in hand at all. We have been using what is actually a kids play lasso. But we make a halter out of it and it's kinda stiff so it puts pressure where we need it. Right at the pole so he'll bring his head down. I can just put a little pressure ( i can litterally do it with my pinky! I hardly do anything!) and he will drop his head. He will also trot in hand after just me clucking to him! I hope I'm not boring you but I'm really excited!

We have been working quite a bit on clipping too which is something that he hasn't done at all before. I started by letting him smell the clippers while they are turned off. I have the eensy weensy no cord battery quiet ones. i rub them all over his body with the back. the first
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