Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

Shine continues to grow quickly, both physically and mentally. He learns new things quickly, except the scary water :-) and I can tell he will be a great riding horse as well. He’s now 18 months old and just large enough around his middle for me to work him with the bareback pad on the tightest notch, as long as I put the western pad under it. Dad took some sport setting pictures of us in ‘freedom work’ and we are in step with each other. That is so cool!
Shine is calm when I put the splint boots on now and is basically calm most of the time. He also definitely has a lot of energy! He easily gets bored with just lunging though and would rather we do quick turns or have me jog beside him. He’s a funny boy! We are both going to have so much fun when we’re working together in the saddle. I can hardly wait!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

Shine is growing and learning very fast. I haven’t owned him very long, but this year has been super fun! Shine is now 16 months old and I am getting him used to splint boots and “sacking him out” with the western saddle blankets. I plan to have him used to pretty much everything before I can even get on him. I’ll start the saddle in about two months. He is doing great so far!
Shine is already loading himself in the small horse trailer I have. Transportation will not be a problem with him. J Shine also has a gorgeous canter! Here is what I did with him today:
Dear Diary,
I like to change up my training sessions with Shine to keep us both guessing. Yes, sometimes I don’t even know what I want to do when I get out there.
Today I brushed Shine first, but when I brushed his neck he raised his head and showed his teeth. Does he like it or not? I’m not sure. I will continue to work with him so he just stands relaxed when I brush him. Then we did a lot of jogging . . . I want to keep in shape too. Heehee!
We jogged up toward the main arena. Then jogged on past the arena and did a few stops and starts to see if he was paying attention to me. He was lazy at first, but got better as I kept working on it. He can do a very quick stop. Next we turned back toward the main arena and jogged into it. It’s a little harder for me to jog next to him in there because of the deeper sand, but we both did well. We jogged through the poles set up for pole bending and he again stayed right with me. Good boy!
Later we did some jogging where I ran next to him and he was able to pick up the canter while staying beside me. I think he loves that! I know I do.
I need to keep switching up the training, I think it more fun for both of us.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017

Shine is now 1 year old. Happy Birthday, Shine! He is learning so fast! I did his first bath today and he walked right into the wash racks, that was until the water was turned on. I ended up washing him with a sponge and a bucket of water, but he listened when I told him to step forward into the wash racks and he yielded to pressure even when the water was drizzling in front of him. I'm sure he will soon be standing in the wash racks the whole time, while I soap up and rinse him off. :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017

Shine is sure growing! He is also learning quickly. We did some trailer practice today and I am looking forward to getting on his back, but that is still several months away. Shine is learning to listen to me and seems to enjoy working with me as well.

The other day a boy walked across behind him carrying a saddle, and Shine just looked back at him calmly. Maybe he's thinking, "when will it be my turn?" *Smile*

We also jumped over a few low X jumps. Shine stayed right with me and didn't halt on his way over at all. He's catching on fast!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

This past month Shine as been growing a lot!
I have now had Shine for 3 months and am enjoying the leaps forward in training as well as the challenges. My sister mentioned that some people don’t even start training the horse until he is a year old, so anything he learns now I’ll be that much ahead. It is totally true! I try to remember to keep this in mind each day I spend time with him.
Achievements: Shine is learning to walk beside me when I lead him, and only occasionally tries to look across behind me. He doesn’t pull on the lead rope much anymore. He is also more ready to pick up his feet and is getting better with more commotion around.
Next steps: I would like to get Shine comfortable with standing on three feet, so he holds still when he is being shod. He also pulled back the other day, but he quickly stepped forward again and was calm.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016

Shine continues to improve quickly. We went for a walk this week and he is getting to where he can walk up the steep hill right with me. He is so fun to work with! When we got to the top, there were four large stacks of hay quite over our heads. I led Shine around those columns of hay and he just followed me between and around them. He did try to eat them some. Heehee!
There was also a small X jump just sitting out in the open space, so we walked over to that. It came up to just below Shine’s kneecaps, but he didn’t halt the first time we went over it. We went over it a few times and he even jumped over it a few times.
He pushes off with his back legs, I love seeing that! I can see his power coming from back there, both when he’s running in the small pen and when he’s going over the jump.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016

Shine is getting better at following when on the lead. I am taking him for longer walks now and he enjoys it! We have been all over the ranch and he very interested around the cows. It is fun to see him interested in what they are doing. Looks like he is going to enjoy working with them when I'm on his back later. I can hardly wait!