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Boomer

Quarter Horse

hands
lbs.
Color
Buckskin
Training Status
Riding and Ground Training
Ground Hours
39 hours
Riding Hours
89 hours
AM Feed
PM Feed
Special Needs
Skill Progress
Feed
Catch
GHQ
GFQ
Lead
Back
Send
Blanket
Tie
Farrier
Trailer
Vet
2 Line
Saddle
Mount
HQ
FQ
GBack
Walk
W/T
Trot
T/L
Lope/Canter
Bonus

LATEST LOG ENTRY

05/21/2020 10:49

CHALLENGE | Perpendicular to the Fence: Challenge complete!

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05/19/2020 10:20

CHALLENGE | Parallel to the Fence: Challenge complete!

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05/19/2020 10:20

CHALLENGE | Flexions + HQ FQ Yields: Challenge complete!

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01/27/2020 04:42

Arena without pressure

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I have been so sick! So tonight we trailered up to the arena, and met Kristy to ride. I am still recovering from the flu and boy I could feel it. Just loading, unloading then walking him around I already felt so tired. I got on and could barely sit up there without getting dizzy. So we just focused on loving on him and relaxing and flexing his neck. I got off, loved on him some more and then we walked around and left. After the last few lessons of pressure, it was good for both of us just to relax and bond. But man I hope I feel better soon!

01/20/2020 04:41

Night riding

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I had to try my new trail saddle! Got Boomer out and let him run in the round pen with his new saddle on. Then I got on and trotted and walked in the snow and it was great.

01/15/2020 04:35

Lesson with Jeremy Watt - Softness on the circle and lead departs

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Warmed Boomer up on 20 foot line doing half circles with my back against the wall. He was quite emotional again on the departures and direction changes. So I kept him going and kept pressure up until I noticed a change. Then we repeated last week\\\'s lesson on the circle. Asking for flexion. Holding the spur against his rib cage if needed until he was soft. Riding him into the bridle to ask for vertical flexion as well. Just trying to find SOFTNESS at all gates. Didn\\\'t change the pattern to keep things simple. He probably did about 10% better than last week. Still exhausting. I need longer spurs because I can\\\'t hardly reach. It takes so much effort. Lastly, we did the warm-up exercise of half circles with changes of directions/lead departs against the walls. THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT EXERCISE FOR US! In this exercise, I could only use the direct rein and outside leg to change direction. I need to repeat this one over and over. It helped us get the correct lead depart much easier than on the circle.

01/09/2020 04:11

Lesson with Jeremy Watt - Waiting for true softness in the bridle/ribcage

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Today was an exhausting but good ride. We practiced holding and waiting for true giving or softness on the circle. When Boomer sped up when spurs were applied (to ask him to bend) and ignored my body language to stay at the speed, Jeremy told me to hold pressure with spurs and reins until he softened. THEN I could release. In Level one everything is about safety. I feel like level 2/3 is about softness. I realized watching Jeremy ride Boomer the other night, just how tight and bracey he is when the speed is increased. So for a good 90 minutes, all we did was practice holding the circle and holding Boomer accountable TO SOFTEN. Boomer, all I need you to be is soft. No more doing things for me just to check them off. I am asking for your heart now. I will help you find relaxation by holding you accountable until you give softness. I have never been so tired in my life!

01/07/2020 11:22

Farrier - Winter shoes

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Trimmed feet and put on shoes with good tread and a winter insole to prevent ice blocking forming in shoes.

01/07/2020 11:20

Farm riding

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Gave Lucien and Koalman rides on Boomer. He was great and even jumped over a little ditch. Then I got on with Lucien and we rode all around. He was a bit pushy but overall very chill today.

01/06/2020 11:16

Jeremy Watt Show Class

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Warmed up in the arena in my new saddle! Boomer settled pretty quickly. We practiced using leather reins with heavier reins than I have. These were very effective but I am still quite awkward with them! Practiced holding reins asking for vertical flexion until Boomer softened. When he would take off faster than I asked him, I brought him down to the right speed using the reins while still HOLDING PRESSURE WITH SPURS and only releasing when he softened. Worst: Took two full laps around the arena. This will be a conversation we repeat quite a lot.

12/17/2019 11:12

Trail ride

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Warmed up in the arena, did some good circling and then headed out on the trail. BEST TRAIL RIDE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boomer was calm and happy the WHOLE RIDE. Even through the tunnel of confidence that he usually wigs out in. It was unbelievable. I just savored every minute.

12/10/2019 04:41

Lesson with Jeremy Watt - Split reins, circling, roll-backs and transitions

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Lesson with Jeremy. Warm up: 22\\\' half circles against wall to emphasize changing direction, and applying pressure to spike adrenalin and allow Boomer to own his emotions. Once he relaxed, we\\\'d remove pressure and reward. Also did yo-yo with more commitment and sideways game along arena wall at a jog. Again, rewarded for softness! Riding: Practiced with split reins. On the circle, practiced using inside leg to keep arch, inside arm to direct the nose. Outside rein pull straight out to keep horse from falling in on circle. Outside leg is slightly back, driving horse forward. Hold until horse is soft. Practice at all three gaits. Practiced lead departures and rollbacks into a canter with correct lead departure.

12/09/2019 04:39

Jeremy Watt Show Class

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Practiced warming up in outdoor arena, then came into large arena to warm up, practice transitions, practice turnarounds, etc. Boomer did fairly well and wasn\\\'t too emotional. However, he was emotional about the bit and keep bobbing his head.

12/06/2019 04:38

Trail ride

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Rode Boomer all around the farm. Trotted and loped on gravel and he was happy!

12/04/2019 04:55

Ranch Class with Lillan

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22\\\' stations: Cones (gates), Barrel & Tarp Help horse with obstacles by circling on outside of obstacle, then between me and obstacle, then encourage to go on or over or through obstacle. The rest should only be given when horse relaxes or gives a good try. Steering: Practice steering all around cones with legs. Do this at all speeds. Always repeat this! Monkey Riding (To help horse relax with contact in the bit and to be fair in our use of contact with fixed hands.) Setup: Zip your reins and separate so there is slight contact. Turn fists down so your knuckles are touching either side of withers and they stay fixed. Your elbows should be out so you kind of look like a monkey! Then practice steering and cues as before at different gaits, but with more contact with the bridle. Floral Pattern and Circles: Practiced Floral pattern on each side. When horse relaxes, release to the circle as the reward. Try to be on a loose rein.

12/02/2019 04:50

Jeremy Watt Show Class

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Practiced transitions. Jeremy encouraged us to be more clear with our cues. One calf on: walk. Two calves on: Trot. One spur on outside leg, slightly back: Lope (lower speed). Two spurs on: Lope at higher speed. Boomer was pretty sensitive so we didn\\\'t ever get to two spurs, but I did practice keeping my legs on even if he went at a higher speed. I used my reins to slow him down by pulling straight up slowly. But kept my legs on. Rewarded for his efforts frequently. When on loose rein, he did much better with transitions and loping on a circle. Will have to pepper in contact to help his confidence.

11/20/2019 10:45

Floral Pattern: Challenge complete!

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Mark this challenge complete when you have tried to floral pattern each direction and feel an improvement in your horse's commitment to the circle. Be sure to add a photo here and share your success with the FB group!

11/19/2019 10:28

Lesson with Jeremy Watt - Ranch Course

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Warmed up in field. Helped Boomer on 45\\\' line by shortening and changing directions and then letting rope out so the big circle becomes the reward without pressure. It helped Boomer find rest and relaxation eventually. He still charges out as though he\\\'s being chased and runs at a counter arc for quite a while. ALLOWED HIM TO OWN HIS EMOTIONS and act like a partner, not a prey animal. Practiced ranch course again, doing the building up process. Jeremy emphasized that COURSES ARE NOT TIMED. It is NOT a race. It\\\'s about the quality of the maneuvers and the horse\\\'s emotional fitness - NOT the speed. After repeating different sections and rewarding after Boomer did things nice and relaxed, our course looked a lot nicer. AHA MOMENT: Just like in liberty, we need to reward our horses along the way to allow them moments of relaxation and joy. Then they will be much more willing partners. I find I got a little greedy when I needed to reward his slightest try--especially in the saddle. THE TURNAROUND: Have Boomer take a step forward so he has his weight on the right foot when he starts to spin. Don\\\'t back him up first!

11/18/2019 10:23

Jeremy Watt Show Class

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Ground work first. Took a bit longer than usual but he eventually calmed down. Practiced a ranch riding course again. Isolating the tasks. BREAKTHROUGH: Practice each task and build up to doing the course all the way through. Once the horse does each section relaxed and connected, reward after each task and build up to help confidence. Pretty soon after LOTS of repetition, the horse should be able to do it confidently, connected and relaxed.

11/18/2019 10:22

Bareback riding and liberty

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Took kids on rides all over farm, had him circle me with Lucien on his back at the trot. Was relaxed and responsive. Rode him bareback around the farm 3 times and he did great! Very soft. Helped my sister do a liberty session at the end.

11/16/2019 10:13

Ranch Course practice

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Warmed up on 45\\\' line. Ran on one side but relaxed and walked when he went on the other side. That was huge! Then I got on and he did pretty good but didn\\\'t seem to relax well. So I trotted him for a while and he calmed down a bit when we did the course but still wasn\\\'t relaxing. So I got off and did some intense ground work to get his brain back with me. I was surprised this was necessary since we were at home, but I just did what needed to be done.

11/13/2019 06:26

Liberty

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11/11/2019 06:25

Jeremy Watt Show Class

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Had a great warm up and then rode well in the arena after two rough weeks at this class. It was awesome and he was the most responsive I have ever seen him. We practiced ranch riding courses and he settled in and did great!

11/11/2019 06:24

Liberty Time

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Practiced liberty with Boomer for an hour to detox from the intense weekend. He loved it, enjoyed the treats and lots of relaxation.

11/09/2019 06:16

Jeremy Watt Trail Clinic - Day 3

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Antelope Island! Good warm up, started out relaxed but then his anxiety would spike so we\\\'d move his feet, or get off and do ground work. Repeated this all throughout the ride. Still has major confidence gaps in wide open spaces. Tried his guts out as did I. Overall a good experience.

11/08/2019 06:13

Jeremy Watt Trail Clinic - Day 2

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Warmed Boomer up in large round pen then hopped on, loped in round pen, then arena, and finally practiced the obstacle course. He did well overall. We had lots of resting, rewarding and trying new things. After lunch, we warmed up again and he seemed to have bonded with a mustang. He became very herd bound and this impeded his progress as we left the obstacle course area to try a trail ride with the group. I had to get off he was so amped and then Jeremy rode him and I got back on. It was kind of rough.

11/07/2019 06:10

Jeremy Watt Trail Clinic

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Jeremy did ground work and rode Boomer while I was absent.

11/05/2019 04:19

FLORAL PATTERN

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Rode bareback around the farm and field. Then saddled up and rode in round pen, practicing floral pattern. Finally rode around farm at a trot and then practiced circle in the grass. Leaning in a bit, but ok.

11/04/2019 04:16

Show Class 2 - Jeremy Watt

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Boomer was pretty reactive tonight. We spent a lot of time doing ground work. He finally settled and I practiced steering with legs and then finding 3 speeds at the walk and two at the trot. Practiced downward and upward transitions. Then he got spooked. I had to do the sideways game around the entire arena until he finally settled again. It was pretty frustrating.

11/04/2019 04:14

Relaxed riding - Farm

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Took kids riding, then rode Boomer and practiced circles steering with legs and the floral pattern.

11/02/2019 04:12

Trail ride

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Took Boomer and Rio up on the trail with James and Carter. Boomer did great!

10/28/2019 04:08

Weekly Show Class-Jeremy Watt

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Warmed up Boomer and then rode, practicing steering with legs at walk, trot. If horse wasn\\\'t steering off legs lightly, put horse into lateral bend while pushing the shoulder until soft. Boomer had a tendency to go into a spin and spin faster instead of getting softer. He was trying to escape through the spin instead of getting soft. It was a hard line to find because we spun for a long time. Will keep practicing this.

10/26/2019 04:04

Day with the boys

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Had Carter ride Boomer bareback and practiced feeling the footfalls. Then we swapped. I practiced bareback as well and then saddled Boomer and trotted all around the farm and down the road. Walked coming back and did some loping as well.

10/25/2019 03:39

Lesson and long trot

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Warmed up on the circle and then practiced steering with legs on the circle, doing figure 8s, riding the rail, etc. After lesson was over, rode all over the farm and down the road at a trot, occasionally loping. Question: How do I develop a light and willing horse to trot after he\\\'s no longer so reactionary?

10/24/2019 02:52

Circling on 45\', Floral Pattern, Relaxing

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Warmed up with 45\\\'. Still emotional but rather than letting him run and run, disengage and helped him calm. Then rode all over the farm very relaxed. It was great. Finished up by practicing the circles and then floral pattern. Great session!

10/24/2019 02:52

Circling on 45\', Floral Pattern, Relaxing

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Warmed up with 45\\\'. Still emotional but rather than letting him run and run, disengage and helped him calm. Then rode all over the farm very relaxed. It was great. Finished up by practicing the circles and then floral pattern. Great session!

10/23/2019 03:13

Trail Ride

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Trail ride with Martha. Warmed him up and then went on a trail ride. At times when he would speed up, I would quickly disengage the HQ. If he was still on adrenaline, I got off and worked him again as needed.

10/21/2019 03:11

Warm up and kids ride

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Saddled Boomer and gave a nice warm up in round pen. Then did circling out in the field on a 12\\\' lead. Emotional so waited until he calmed. Then walked back and had kids ride him.

10/15/2019 06:59

Lesson with Jeremy Watt on 45\' line and then circling

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Warmed Boomer up on the lariat in the large field. He galloped for about 20 minutes before there was a change. Then we did direction changes to continue to get him soft and rideable. The large field and long rope is still very emotional for him. Had him circling and jumping with releases after he was soft. I was surprised how long it took. Foaming and sweating very hard. After the warm up, I got on and practiced the exercise I learned from Trevor in July: Lateral flexion until soft Then HQ yield until soft then shoulder yield lateral flexion until soft and release After this we started on the circle, but every time he counter-arced or looked out, I would quickly bend his head and push his shoulder in the opposite direction using a spur. The spur greatly improved this! I felt a true softness I haven\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t felt before. I did this for several laps at a walk and trot until he was soft both ways. Then we moved around the field and his reward for softness was getting to go straight. Practiced steering with my legs and would again push the shoulder if he got stiff or disconnected. Practiced the circle at a trot and he did much better than yesterday! At the end we practiced the counter-arc and it helped the circle immensely. He then stayed nicely on the circle at a walk, trot and lope.

10/14/2019 03:11

Circles, circle, circles

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Warmed up Boomer in the round pen and did shoulder and HQ yields. Then walked the circle and practiced steering with my legs. Did just fine. When I moved him up to a trot, things fell apart rather quickly. So I focused on holding up the shoulder and pushing the rib cage. He was quite resistant and it was frustrating. I held on because he wasn\\\'t softening and was leaning quite heavily on the bit. When things got better, I tried the lope, but it felt quite choppy and he was counter-arcing and so I tried holding the position, releasing and repeating. Didn\\\'t get very pretty. Finally went back to the walk to end on a good note.

10/13/2019 04:15

Swing a Rope: Challenge complete!

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Mark this challenge complete when you are able to ride a circle each direction without correcting your horse AND while swiping a rope! Be sure to add a photo here and share your success with the FB group!

10/11/2019 04:02

Circling, throw a rope

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Warmed up Boomer on the 45 foot lariat. He galloped for 5 min. When we did this with Jeremy he galloped for 20 minutes straight so that was a huge improvement. Then I had him change directions and it was a good warm up to do circles. Circles went ok. A little rough at first, but I kept trying to hold up his shoulder and wait until he was soft before asking for the next gait. By the end, he was loping well, and though our circle shape wasn\\\'t perfect (mainly my fault) he was light and willing. Also practiced throwing a rope.

10/09/2019 03:59

Trail Ride

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Took Boomer on a trail ride. I warmed him up thoroughly at the trail head until he really blew out. Then I got on and we had a great ride. It was a good break from our usual practice.

10/04/2019 03:26

Trail & Lesson

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Took Boomer on a trail ride and let little boys ride him while we also hiked. He was actually really calm. Also taught a lesson on him with another gal later in the day. He did great!

10/03/2019 03:48

Lope a Circle Without Correction: Challenge complete!

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Mark this challenge complete when you are able to lope a circle each direction without having to correct your horse. Be sure to add a photo here and share your success with the FB group!

10/02/2019 12:00

Class with Lillan: Roping 101

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Practiced roping skills on the ground. One horse was online circling while the other students practiced throwing the rope. Got horses used to feeling ropes all over their body and got used to chaos. Boomer did quite well. He loped a bit but we only rewarded when he relaxed. 3 stations: Circles with cones: Practice walking, trotting, loping circles until horse is soft and stays committed to the circle. Boomer did great! Loped and trotted well without correction. Steering off legs inside of circle: As other riders practiced their circles, I could practice smaller circles steering off legs inside circle. Steady rein on the rail: Practiced riding the rail using one steady rein. Inside hand holding rein, outside hand holding horn. If horse got rushy or too fast, use rein and outside leg to push back to rail. Boomer had a little difficulty as we sped up, but I just kept practicing. He calmed after a while. Swing a rope: Practice swinging a rope while on my horse. Started at a standstill. Then did a walk. Then at a trot. Swing, swing, swing, rest. Repeat. Cool to learn how to handle ropes! Boomer did great!! Rope and cow: Partner up. One partner will be handling rope and releasing/recoiling as needed to keep proper amount of rope attached to cow. Cow person would hold rope at shoulder level and move all over arena and at different speeds. Partner had to keep up with cow and keep rope at appropriate level. Great stuff! Boomer did well even though the other gal\\\'s horse was a bit rushy and had a lot of energy.

10/01/2019 03:34

Lesson on 45\' line and then circling

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Lesson with Jeremy Watt: Warmed up on 45\\\' line in large field. Allowed Boomer to run and own his emotions. He galloped online for about 20-30 min. Finally changed and slowed down. Circled him again changing directions. Cantered a lot but eventually relaxed. Jeremy got on and practiced circling, holding vertical and lateral flexion properly until Boomer was SOFT. Bumped outside rein slightly if needed to help vertical flexion. Only released when he was soft. Used phase 3 and 4 with spur to keep ribs soft and by the end only needed phase 1&2. Boomer began to relax. To conclude, he rode him all over the field, repeating this pattern.

09/29/2019 04:26

Circles on a lariat in a large field

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When I went to get Boomer, he actually ran to the fence to meet me. This is huge! Especially after our recent success at Buffalo finding relaxation at the canter. I groomed him in his pasture and then practiced circles on a 45\\\' lariat. I noticed an interesting trend! He did the same thing online as he does in the saddle. He always cuts in on the circle and drops his shoulder in. He speeds up because its emotional for him. It was good information! So I allowed him to run, then changed directions until I saw a change. It also helped to disengage him if his emotions started to spike. After about 20 minutes, I brought him in for a nice rest and then sent him back out. He left at a walk and stayed relaxed.

09/27/2019 04:31

Square then circles

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Went to Buffalo Ranch and warmed him up in the arena. Set up cones in a large square to practice better corners and help me focus. Trotted and loped with nice transitions. Began circling and had some nice circles at a lope. He even blew out while loping! That was pretty huge for him.

09/26/2019 04:13

Circles

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Warmed up in a large field. Got on and tried circling but he was pretty bracey. So I got off and did more ground work. Got back on and tried it again. Did okay but was dropping his shoulder and counter-arcing. Practiced lateral flexion, HQ yield for relaxation. Left large field to practice in sandy area closer to round pen. Still not committed and trying to take over. Finally, I took him to the round pen to reinforce a good circle. Trotted, loped and ended on a good note.

09/06/2019 03:09

Trot a Circle Without Correction: Challenge complete!

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Mark this challenge complete when you are able to trot a circle each direction without having to correct your horse. Be sure to add a photo here and share your success with the FB group!

09/05/2019 02:59

Circling on 22\', in large pasture, then riding

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Practiced circling on a 22\\\' line for emotional fitness. Moved around large pasture to challenge him. Lots of direction changes and shoulder yields, draws, etc. Sideways warm up in zone 3. After he relaxed in this new environment, I got on and practiced circling and figure eights in the same pattern. He relaxed nicely so we rode out, opened and closed the gate, rode down the road, returned and opened several gates and finished up.

09/03/2019 02:54

Lesson with Jeremy: Liberty and Circling

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Liberty: Warmed him up and practiced in half arena. When Jeremy came we reviewed HQ yields to yield snappier draws, found some areas of resistance, practiced circling and figure eights. Need to keep working on all of this! Riding: Circling! Practiced proper leg position and use of spurs as needed to steer. Walked, trotted and loped the circle but only when Boomer was committed and in the proper position.

08/31/2019 02:52

Liberty

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It was very hot on Saturday so we went down and played the catching game, did some liberty work and relaxed and let him graze.

08/28/2019 02:29

Lesson with Lillan

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Ground work: 1. Sideways warmup from zone 3/4. 2. Circling Game with fixed rope in pocket as I walked a tight square. Horse\\\'s responsibility: stay with me at the gait needed. Transitioned up and down. 3. Cutting game with fixed rope in pocket walking a line and turning and walking the other way. Horse\\\'s job: Stay with me, watch for turns Riding: Lesson 1: Circling Practiced steering at a walk Then practiced circling at a walk until I didn\\\'t need to correct him Practiced at a trot Practiced at a lope Relaxation was great as we prepared him for commitment to find relaxation on the circle

08/27/2019 02:39

Farrier

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Boomer had cracked hooves and was very long in the toe. To help bring his foot back in a proper position, he had lifts put in on the previous shoes and we began giving him Farrier\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Formula to supplement growth. He grew so much he threw a shoe at 5 weeks! Good news: He no longer needs lifts. He was trimmed well and new shoes were applied. I can say it has seemed to help him a lot and he runs around and loves running. The farrier was out of town so it was hard to wait. I couldn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t ride him for about 2 weeks.

08/17/2019 09:17

Liberty Class

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Attended final liberty class with Jeannie Parkinson. Reviewed HQ yields, circling with connection, stick to me game, three different types of draws - boomerang, matador, turn and face. Practiced a basic routine with human round pen. Played with balls and had horse bring ball back to us. Boomer did great! Also practiced catching the eye in all 5 zones.

08/13/2019 03:53

Liberty

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Practiced catching game. Rewarded him for coming to me in the pasture and gave a treat AFTER he was haltered. Groomed him and then worked on liberty and lots of relaxation and processing time. He did great with liberty. I rewarded him at the end with a carrot and then put him out to graze in the nice grassy field.

05/23/2017 09:06

Lesson with Jeannie

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Worked on basic 10m and 20m circles then entered the dressage court to practice. Need to work on 10m circles around Octagon and then 20 m circles. Work on flexion and calming him down by remaining firm. I need to continue lightly bumping if needed and if he\\\'s not listening, give a level 4 bump. This will help him become a more equal partner. By the end, he was much more relaxed and we were having fun. After our lesson was over, I walked Cody around on him and he did great.

05/11/2017 08:22

Basic groundwork and cowboy dressage course practice

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Boomer ran right up to me when I went to work him. It was great! We played some games and then I practiced riding him through the dressage court I set up. It was fun! He had to adjust a little to all the cones and things he had to jump over, or go between. It was a good challenge and I got him to lope around the 20m circle in a calm way, which was good. Still needs to be softer in his bending but we will work on that.

05/10/2017 08:20

Set up Cowboy Dressage Course & Played catching game

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Set up cowboy dressage court as practiced at Trevor\\\'s clinic. Took 90 minutes. Then played catching game with Boomer. Since he\\\'s with Sienna in a pasture, he tends to run off and they egg each other on. It\\\'s really annoying so I have had to change my tactics and reward when he comes to me.

05/03/2017 02:59

Groundwork and Bareback

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After the Cowboy Dressage clinic, this was my first time returning to ride Boomer. When I went to catch him, he threw a huge fit, running away from me, bucking, etc. I think he remembered our ending note when I had to bump him pretty hard to correct his lead and he took off in fear. We ended on a good note; however, his memory remembered that incident. So I was patient and let him throw his fit until he realized I wasn\\\'t a threat. Then he calmed down and I led him out. We headed for the round pen to become reacquainted. After I groomed him, his head dropped down and we began playing the seven games. We reconnected and he performed beautifully. Using only a halter, I decided to climb on. I sat there without moving. Just enjoying being a partner again. We sat quietly for a few minutes and then I let him wander the corral for a bit. As we went around one side, a few boards were sticking inside the corral. He stopped, and nudged one out of the way, and then tried the other. Then he looked at my muddy boot and licked off the mud and cleaned it off for me. I considered this the best of compliments - he was grooming me! Horses groom each other when they are friends. We made a few more rounds and I ended on this peaceful note. Feeling grateful for all I had learned and all we had survived together!

04/27/2017 08:01

Day 4: Cowboy Dressage

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Today Trevor first introduced the principle of dallying (wrapping a rope around your horn to drag something) and showed us how to drag objects such as wood or a large empty water bucket. He encouraged us to first practice by dragging our lead rope and halter and getting our horse used to that. He dragged the items around a 10-meter circle around a trash can. Next he had cowboy dressage set up and we took turns doing the course, practicing our 10 and 20 m circles, trotting the entire arena, doing some loping, walking, etc. Boomer seemed \\\'off\\\' today and I think we were both nervous. He had been harder to control because he kept pushing against the reins and I had to bump him several times. When I took the dressage test and went to lope around the 20m circle, he was on the wrong lead so Trevor told me to bump him with my outside spur. I think it surprised Boomer because he thought I meant for him to go faster. As I tried to get him under control, my reins were too long and I had to quickly shorten them while bumping backward to get him to stop. I could hear Trevor say, \\\"Keep bumping him! Finally he stopped and I slowly backed him up. Trevor looked at me and said, Wow! You just did a flying lead change which most people here would kill to do, but I don\\\'t think you meant to huh? That was scary wasn\\\'t it? But you did a good job slowing him down and you have a good horse under you because he didn\\\'t buck you off.\\\" We ended the course there and slowly walked some laps to calm down. I also tried not to cry. I felt the shame monsters circling me and I felt so stupid. It was scary to feel that near loss of control! And yet, it was a good learning experience to have in front of a good instructor who could coach me through it! As I have become more firm with Boomer, I realized how much he pushes against me and I will admit, it\\\'s hard for me to want to be firm because it feels like conflict and I would rather just be friends. But horses need leaders or they will walk all over you. I questioned the idea of wearing spurs because I don\\\'t want to \\\'hurt\\\' my horse. It was interesting because as I have been mulling all of this over, the Parelli teaching minute of the week was entitled \\\"Pat Parelli\\\'s thoughts on spurs.\\\" As I watched, Pat discussed how spurs are an essential tool and may even save your life someday. As your horse sees some moving plastic in a ditch and wants to go away from it into a lane of traffic, the ability to use your spurs to move him sideways using pressure could actually save your life in the end. \\\"Trust is great; but control is better.\\\" If a horse goes into \\\"self-preservation mode,\\\" spurs could literally save your life. I needed to hear that. So. Much. And that was one of the main things Trevor emphasized over and over to all of the participants because he saw that we were all trying to be as polite as possible asking our horses to do something. However, our horse needs to respond respectfully or we need to take it to the next level. This includes using spurs or holding our reins shorter to provide pressure if they are pushing against us. I don\\\'t want conflict, but I also don\\\'t want to get hurt badly. When dealing with a 1,000 lb animal, control is more important than trust in certain instances. If we hold the line sooner, then later that line may save our life. This is soooooo good for me to learn. It applies to my everyday life too. Kindly ask, then request, then firmly hold, then go to phase 4 (spurs, bumping reins) until the desired behavior is given. If we aren\\\'t emotional about it, then we are allowing the consequences to teach and to affect the horse (or person) instead of taking it all on ourselves. After this incident happened, all the anxiety seemed to finally disappear. I walked on Boomer, trotted and loped on him again and we were fine. As I fought back my own shame of failure by sharing my story with my mom and husband, I realized that my worth is not diminished because I didn\\\'t have a perfect experience with 100% success. Perhaps it is the \\\"failure\\\" in the arena that could spell greater success as I continue to progress in my journey of horsemanship. Before I began the clinic, I read 2 Nephi 32:9 and felt comforted that the Lord would \\\"consecrate thy performance unto thee...that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.\\\" Perhaps in the end, it was this \\\"failure\\\" that was critical to the welfare of my soul.

04/27/2017 01:53

Day 3: Cowboy Dressage

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Day 3: We set up a dressage course and Trevor told us how to do it and to reference our maps. We warmed up our horses by walking and trotting around the arena. It was good practice riding with lots of people because you had to keep your horse in check and also be aware of those around you. After warming up, we each took a turn doing the dressage course with Trevor calling out to us and correcting as needed. It was very fun! TO DO: Warm up by walking/trotting Boomer for 20-30 minutes in 10 and 20m circles Then set up a course to practice

04/26/2017 04:49

Day 2: Cowboy Dressage

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Today we got to practice on a mini dressage course! It was so much fun to have focus with Boomer. I felt like I had my partner back. We practiced the 10-foot circle around obstacles 10-foot circle freestyle after trails were made 20-foot circle Working walk, trot, occasional lope and downward transitions Backing up in a circle: Pull reins with 80% on side of the direction you want horse to turn and 20% in other rein. Use foot to turn back end as needed more sharply. Practiced how to know horse is on correct lead on a lope. If horse is going in a circle, the correct lead will be the inside leg because it has to reach farther to make the lope smooth. You can tell your horse is on the wrong lead if your seat feels very off balance. As you begin to lope in a circle, make a smaller circle and return to the large circle to make sure horse is on right lead. If not on right lead, cut across circle abruptly at a 90 degree turn (like the spoke of a wagon wheel) and try again. Work on upward and downward transitions. PRACTICE LOTS of CIRCLES - 10 and 20 meters until you and horse can do it blindfolded. Also practice backing in a circle. Circles bring flexion - you should see your horse\\\'s nose and one eye if he is flexing enough (on a 10-m circle). Circles also bring relaxation and focus. SET UP 10 ft and 20 ft circles with PVC pipes to get more precise in your circles.

04/24/2017 10:13

Day 1: Cowboy Dressage

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Worked with Boomer on the ground before clinic started and then rode in arena. Worked out anxiety, focused on flexion in a circle, backing with flexion, shoulder yields, etc. Trevor\\\'s Feedback: Fixed the bridle so I no longer needed a safety pin! Reins: Difference between loose reins and working reins. Working reins are shorter, yielding quicker communication. Use bumps to use level 4 and communicate to horse instead of constant pulling, hoping you can politely ask horse to do what you need. Don\\\'t be afraid of horse resisting your efforts to ride with more focus and direction - they are learning too. Just relax and use phases just like you do on the ground. Be ready for the resistance. It\\\'s ok. BREATHE.

04/22/2017 10:10

Basic riding and flexion practicing for clinic

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Rode Boomer in arena area around cones in varying patterns practicing flexion while riding. Then exercised with working trot around grass. Another horse came out and he took off in a gallop so I took back to the arena for focused practicing around cones and obstacles.

04/19/2017 10:09

Lesson with Jeannie

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Lesson with Jeannie to prep for Cowboy Dressage clinic

04/12/2017 04:31

Lesson with Jeannie Parkinson

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Practiced trailer loading using a stall. Then saddled up Boomer and reviewed the lateral flexion exercises as well as yielding hindquarters and shoulders, etc. Also tried a new Clinton Anderson bridle which seemed to be a good fit. Cantered in the round pen and practiced keeping him along the rail. After lesson, I rode Boomer for an additional 60 minutes. Did lots of trotting, cantering and walking. Practiced the exercises again at the end for reinforcement.

04/11/2017 12:00

Vet Checkup

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Vaccinated and de-wormed. Vet also checked lungs to make sure there was no respiratory issues. None detected. Also lunged Boomer in round pen to check breathing. Told vet the horse kept craning his neck and he advised trying new bits. We did and it seemed to help. Will continue working with Boomer to ensure he loses a bit of weight and begins conditioning slowly.

04/11/2017 04:23

Riding after Vet Checkup

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After vet left, rode him for an additional 30 minutes practicing lateral flexion and other exercises. He did well.

04/10/2017 04:20

Bareback riding for fluidity

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Did some Parelli games in round pen and then put bareback pad and bridle on and rode without using hands practicing balance and fluidity. He did great and it was a fun activity.

04/07/2017 05:34

Circling & Driving Games, Riding - Walk/Trot/Yields

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Practiced Parelli 7 games briefly, saddled up for more riding practice. Walked all over property and mixed in shoulder and hindquarter yields with flexion while circling too. Did well. He didn\\\'t wheeze as much; however, couldn\\\'t keep a gallop for more than 10 seconds at a time.

04/07/2017 05:34

Circling & Driving Games, Riding - Walk/Trot/Yields

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Practiced Parelli 7 games briefly, saddled up for more riding practice. Walked all over property and mixed in shoulder and hindquarter yields with flexion while circling too. Did well. He didn\\\'t wheeze as much; however, couldn\\\'t keep a gallop for more than 10 seconds at a time.

04/04/2017 05:31

Parelli Groundwork and Bareback Riding exercises

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Worked on backing in and out of gate, circling game with respect, driving and yo-yo games. Then put on bareback pad and rode around areas using no reins, but practicing fluidity using techniques taught by Richard Shrake at Horse Expo. Just focusing on better balance.

04/02/2017 05:46

Basic Games & Flexion Exercises with Circling and Shoulder Yields

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Played basic seven games, then saddled up and rode in the field because he had thrown a shoe. Noticed he kept arcing his neck and acting like he couldn\\\'t breathe. Kept him at a walk and he was okay but when I would ask for trotting and cantering he seemed like he couldn\\\'t breathe. Will have the vet check next week at his well check. Stayed in the saddle though and practiced shoulder yields and flexion and hindquarter yields.

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