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Happy
« on: June 05, 2015, 10:26:38 am »

Day 1. Happy was a good boy. We sacked him out with the rope and the stick and tarp, lawnmower plastic bag of aluminum cans, and he did stellar. Tied him up for over and hour, put hobbles on him, made him ground tie, all good,jumped a small log, which he refused at first, and stepped up on the pedestal.  Sweet boy.
Since he has to live in my small arena until I get back from Bonaroo, I put a fly sheet and fly mask on him and sunscreen. His owner will come daily to care for him until I get back so there is no added burden on George.
Eldorado and I leave for Bonaroo Monday morning June 8, and will be gone the entire week, returning on June 15. I am sure there will be some interesting stories.
Meanwhile Happy will have to wait for me to get back. I am going to try and work him on the ground a little until I leave.
If I had unlimited money and time he would be mine.
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Re: Happy's Training and Eldorado goes to Bonaroo
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2015, 08:03:06 am »

Only two days to get ready to go for a week camping at Bonnaroo. My son installed some stock Lowes kitchen cabinets in my trusty old rusty Titan and I should be pretty comfortable. We will have 30amp hook up  so I can run my air conditioner and coffee pot.Water on sight, but porta potties and no showers. I will be using a solar shower I am going to rig up in the back of the horse compartment and have my own portapotty for the middle of the night.
George made me some PVC corral panels that I am going to run a hotwire around the top, so it should hold him. There is room to set up portable corrals in a big chicken barn, otherwise it is Picket. I hope the corrals work, because after a 12 hour shift Eldorado deserves shelter from the rain or sun or whatever.
We will be riding in 12 hour shifts, 24 hours a day. I am not sure if I will get days or nights, or which I would prefer. They feed us 2 meals a day and I understand from those that were there last year the food is very good. We arrive Monday, Tuesday is training, wednesday they wil give us our shirts and helmets and  first shift starts at 4pm and we go through Monday June 15. They are guaranteeing us 56 hours paid in the saddle during the week.
I have Jigsaw in the drylot with Trigger because he put on a bunch of weight while I was in California for a week , and Happy is out with Cuervo. They seem to be getting along famously. I put Eldorado in a stall during the day and in the arena at night for the next couple of days to get him used to being off grass and confined. George will be here holding down the fort so I won't have to worry about things here.
So much to get done in the next couple of days including scraping together the money for the PF.
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Re: Happy's Training and Eldorado goes to Bonaroo
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2015, 03:43:04 pm »

Used my hay money to buy the Paso Fino, so I guess I will really have to sell him quickly or the others will starve next winter.  Nah, I would get more hay money somewhere. Ebay!
Which brings me to Bonnaroo. I am actually doing it for the money. I am retired without quite enough money coming from SS and savings to cover my horse habit. If I can get a little gig every now and then like this one then we will all be OK. I did plants for lowes for a couple of weeks which was a really fun thing.  I have a bunch of snap on bridle converters the Amish made for me. I am going to try and Ebay them.
I have been running around like a madwoman, but I think I am ready to go in the morning. Trailer packed, shopping done. Just have to do a few things in the morning and then I am off.
It is George's turn to hold down the fort after so many years of him traveling for work before he retired  last September. Wish me luck!
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Re: Happy's Training and Eldorado goes to Bonaroo
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2015, 04:05:03 pm »

Day 2 getting ready for the 120000 people to show up tomorrow . Did some desensitizing and formation work. Eldorado did very well. The food is catered and very good. We are not allowed to post pictures to the public on the internet so I may have to sneak a selfie in my uniform. Riding in my wintec stock saddle.  Very comfortable and secure.
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Re: Happy's Training and Eldorado goes to Bonaroo
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2015, 08:29:56 pm »

We made it through our first 6 hour shift. Will be riding 12 hours tomorrow. Eldorado seemed unbothered by the sea of people , the balloons and helicopters , sirens screaming and loud music. We paroles the incoming campers and tried to keep people from pitching tents and parking cars in the firelane. It is hot, close to 90 if not hotter. I am happy that I was not the trooper who did an involuntary dismount at this mornings line up. There are a lot of draft horses here and he seems very happy to be next to theoir massive bodies and calm dispositions. I finally got my portable corral set up right beside my trailer and will go to sleep listening to him munch hay.
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Re: Happy's Training and Eldorado goes to Bonaroo
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 08:56:31 pm »

Looks like my Bonnaroo adventure is coming to an early end due to another family emergency. They pulled me off shift to let me know and I will be packing up in the morning and heading home. Eldorado far exceeded my expectations and I am a
Very proud mamma. He proved himself to be loyal and smart and as close to bombproof as I can expect of a 5 year old horse.
I will fill in the family problems at a later date.  Next journal entry will be
How Happy is peogressing
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Re: Happy
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 03:12:24 pm »

Happy had gone to a trainer for 30 days trail miles. The guys name is Jason something or the other.
He was told the horse would need shoes before his 30 days were up and said he would take care of it, but he didn't and now he has thrown 3 shoes and is really long. Fortunately I have a farrier coming in the morning. I am really unimpressed with this trainer. Happy appears to be more fearful of people than he was before he left. I spent about an hour in the round pen with him this morning and did not get as far along as I had hoped, he seems scared of me.. Jason had put a 5" shank with a caveson on him because he said he gapped at the mouth. I think he was trying to tell him to get that big old nasty bit off him.  I put him back  in a snaffle and added a running martingale. Not riding him yet until I get his shoes done. He is really a sweet and handsome horse. I wish that I had talked her out of sending him to the "trail trainer".  I have no doubt I can get him back to where he was in short order.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 05:39:21 pm »

Happy got his feet "fixed" and I had a much better session with him today. We are working on trying to get him to acknowledge me as the leader. It is taking a bit longer than some, probably because he was allowed to digress so far, but I did get him Happy to be hanging out with me after about an hour. We walked the neighborhood. Donkeys, weird horses, walking over cattle gaurd that had been filled in. He tried one big spook when we started out but I nipped it in the bud, worked him hard right then and there was not one spook, shy or even snort after that. Hummmmm, I don't think his spooks are really spooks at all! Just big old evasive moves.
Today the Casino the Paso Fino came home. I have not had a chance to work with him yet, but he sure is pretty. buckskin dapples.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2015, 10:26:44 am »

Turned a big corner with Happy this morning. He now understands the concept that I am his leader and none of the other stuff is any of his business. Tomorrow I will start riding him in the round pen. Should go pretty well because he has been ridden quite a bit, but I want him really understanding the bit,legs and seat.  When she got him he had very pointy sore wolf teeth. I think they had been riding him like that for awhile and he was very nervous about the bit. Since then nobody has really bothered to teach him how to be accepting of it. He's the kind of horse you can get away with stuff, until you can't. 
The other buckskin (Paso) wants to be a bit pushy so we will need to find him someone who is not a pushover. He is funny, friendly smart and well trained, but it will need to be reinforced. Think Haflinger personality. Round penned him today and got him set up with a saddle that fits (Jigsaws) and a bridle.  Very excited to see how his gait goes if I add a little speed to it.
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The two buckskins
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2015, 01:46:33 pm »

Had a great time this morning with both my buckskin boys. I sure wish I had time and money enough to keep them all.
Rode Happy in the round pen. He seemed to be completely ignorant about how to respond to the snaffle bit.  20 minutes and he is starting to get soft, learning to move away from my leg and into my hand. Tried him with a short blunt spur and he is doing pretty well. I am going to keep him in the round pen for about a week before I try him down the trail. He has a lot of trail miles under his "girth", but was randomly spooky.  He seemed to have a great attitude today, submissive and attentive. I actually used Marvin Walkers bonder method with him and it took 3 days to get the response I wanted and what usually takes 30 min to an hour.  He seems like a different horse today.

Casino is a big fun pony brain. Very well trained and nicely gaited. Gorgeous dapples, oh my! I put front shoes on him because his feet were a bit neglected and allowed to get too long and break off. I do think he would be a good candidate for barefoot if that is the way someone wanted to go. I just didn't want them to break up more while I have him.  I rode him with spurs, but think tomorrow I will switch to carrying a crop because I think that would be less stressful and more effective for this particular horse. He has a great Paso Corto and I am hoping he has that Largo in him, in which case I will make a killing when I sell him if someone doesn't snatch him up soon.  He gets along great with all the other horses, loves attention and seems unusually happy to have his mane combed.  It looks as though some horse has chewed off his tail, so he needs some help in that department, although he is quite agile with it as far as swatting the evil green heads. He loves it when you swat the biting flies on him though. It is crazy because both these guys are just a tad above 14.3 on the stick. They look very different. Check out these dapples!
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Re: Happy
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2015, 12:05:32 pm »

This morning spent some time saddle fitting. I ended up deciding on the Wintec Stock saddle with the regular gullet for both of them.  Had a great ride on both. Interestingly I decided on no spurs and no crop for Casino and he did great! Best ride so far. He moved off happily and with energy and sidepassed and did all his lateral work like a champ. I do think there is a nice little largo in there, but he still wants to break into a canter when adding speed.   I can hardly wait to get him out on the trail, but the weather needs to be a bit more co operative. Gonna try for at least a neighborhood ride this weekend.
I am keeping Happy in the round pen until he is a bit more bit and leg educated. Maybe another few days.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2015, 03:25:28 pm »

Yesterday I had great rides on both the buckskin boys. They are sweet. The Paso Fino has a big personality, someone is going to get a fun horse. Happy is just pure sweet and a bit lazy. I finally turned the two of them out together and they were instant BFF. Played rear, run, scratch each other. We are the buckskins!!!
Today we worked on routing the fencing so that George can get my Nelson Waterer installed. Scored a used one from the neighbor but the installation is going to take a couple of days. Today he got the hole dug and the water routed. I am so excited. Tired of scrubbing water tanks.
Trigger in smaller dry lot to try and get more weight off him. After the rain and the sunshine his small paddock gets too much grass.  It's always something.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2015, 05:38:22 pm »

Just got in from riding Happy. He was awesome.  I am very pleased with how he is doing with the bit. I put him in the Gary Lane phase II bit today which is kind of like a kimberwicke and carried a short crop to kind of remind him what my leg is about. He did so well we went out for a ride around the neighborhood, by the donkeys, the neighbors lawn mower away from his friends. Not a single spook and did some nice gaiting he is lovely and natural. I think she is a fool to sell this horse. I have been sacking him out (de-sensitizing) and he has not spooked at anything not even an umbrella.
Casino is doing so well under saddle I decided he needed a little work on his ground manners. He started right out giving me a shove with his head.  I shoved him right back. He then wanted to eat grass while I was leading him to the round pen. UHUH, no you don't.  He looked at the horses across the street, he looked back up at the barn. geez PONY!.By the end of the session he was doing a lot better, stopping when I stopped and walking on a loose rope.  I think as long as someone reinforces these simple rules they will have no problem with him. He is sweet as he can be, very affectionate and really relaxed and forward under saddle.  He also seems to not spook at anything, and passed the umbrella test.  :)
I really like both these horses, but need to get them moved on to their forever homes asap so that I can have time for my own horses.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2015, 12:54:33 pm »

long time no journal. Happy has come along fantastically in the month hehas been here. We have been riding him on the trails and he hasn't made a false move. KC came over and rode him and he was of course close to perfect. We are riding him in a borrowed Myler combination bit, and it is just the ticket with him.  His owner has been trying to figure out a way to keep him, but the hubby says absolutely no way to pay board on three horses. There has been a lot of interest on him through Horseclicks and an offer was made on him this morning close to asking price. I talked to owner about it and she cried. I told the very nice man we would call him tomorrow after bombproof clinic and let him know her decision. I feel very sad about it too, but just don't have room or time for 6 horses. There are 6 horses here right now at my 3 horse barn. I have to get back down to 4 soon. I have some competitions coming up with Eldorado in September and I have not been on his back since Bonnaroo with all the other horses needing my attention.
The buckskin Paso Fino is a ton of fun, has never made a false move under saddle. Great on the trail although it seems like he hasn't been out on the trail much before. He is bold and totally nonspooky . We are working on getting him to stand tied without pawing. He really doesn't like to be tied up and left alone. My neighbor who is very experienced with Arabs and TB's explained to me that I have not left him tied up enough yet. She says he will get over it. She told me she once had to leave a horse tied for two weeks! Not sure I could do that. I hope he figures it out before 2 weeks.  He has now  been tied for 2 hours and hobbled too.  I took him water and told him to buck up.
We have been invited to "try out" for the County Mounties. I am trying to figure out why I would want to do that. It is volunteer search and rescue and it seems to be a lot of drama among the ranks. I don't think any law enforcement has actually used them to date.  Hummm. Thinking I will pass.
Went for a great trail ride yesterday on Mr. Jigsaw. He has the best rack both slow and fast. Unfortunately he is very out of shape because I have only ridden him 3 times this summer, so we couldn't go more than a couple of hours. When the buckskins are gone and the weather stabilizes I will get to ride my own horses.  It has either been blazing hot or pouring rain for the last month.
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Re: Happy
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2015, 05:36:13 am »

Happy did absolutely great at the Bombproofing clinic. He took everything in stride, worked all the obstacles like a pro. What a great little horse. Carried the flag, went through the tarp the teeter totter, smoke, bubble machine, rolled the soccer ball and even willingly jumped up on a flat bed trailer. Somebody is going to get a great young horse. We talked about her not accepting the offer from the man in West Virginia and looking for someone that might be a better fit. The man who offered for him is in his late 60's and so far away. It just doesn't feel comfortable to sell him to someone who has not ridden him. What if he gets all the way over there and it is not a good fit?

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