Ben

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Ben

Walking Horse
/Arabian

hands
lbs.
Ready for Adoption
No
Color
Black & White
Training Status
Rehabilitation
Ground Hours
14 hours
Riding Hours
4 hours
AM Feed
PM Feed
Special Needs
Adopted

CREDENTIALS

  • Assigned
    • Unknown
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Blue
    • Green
  • Unassigned
    • Unknown
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Blue
    • Green
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

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10/20/2019 02:06

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10/18/2019 09:41

Arena

Showed Ben to an adopter today. We did a tarp carrying drill on the ground then I demonstrated what he knows under saddle. BEN GOT ADOPTED TODAY!!!!

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10/17/2019 11:23

Riding

Worked on riding Ben with one rein and bending around a circle. He did better than the last time I rode him, but it is still difficult to keep him on a circle with one rein. He also got a bath today, and did well with the hose. He was a little nervous about going into a narrow bathing area and having you switch sides on him. He adjusted well though.

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10/16/2019 09:02

Tarp exercise, up to the fence

Started with doing the tarp exercise, Ben did well and was not that reactive until the rope caught on the tarp and was sticking outward from the saddle. We worked on this for a while, and having Ben come to a walk while the rope and tarp were swing around his side. He ended with remaining at the walk while the tarp and rope were swinging. We then went to do up to the fence. Ben gets a little worried with having you high over his head and neck, but does not leave. He also did not leave when the tarp was rubbed all over. He did become reactive once the tarp was thrown to his opposite side (shoulder). We worked on him moving forward and back over the tarp (instead of leaving sideways). He ended with backing up and moving forward over the tarp.

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10/16/2019 05:45

Arena

Warmed Ben up with dragging the tarp from the saddle of both sides. He got tense a couple times when the tarp got too close to his hind legs. He did well and did not kick or scoot away from it. I rode him in the indoor arena for about 20 minutes working on having him move off of my leg pressure and keeping his bend to the inside without counterbending. I then took Ben outside to walk over the bridge and tractor tires outside. He did well and went over the obstacles. We walked around the front yard and Ben was eager to be outside. He was forward and relaxed. MEB

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10/14/2019 03:38

Rode Ben in arena

Did some groundwork with Ben and then I rode him for a bit. We practiced transitions and coming to a halt and backing up. At first he took a while to respond but after a couple tries he responded better.

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10/11/2019 09:26

Arena

Worked on lunging both directions and allowing horse to find relaxation in a faster gait. Groomed him and let a new volunteer work on some leading exercises.

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10/10/2019 10:08

Groundwork and riding

Jaime worked Ben this morning for any hour on HQ, FQ, and sending. I did some lunging, bending, and C shape exercises, and then got on to ride. I put him in the halter and a bridle. He is responding well to bending and holding bend doing HQ rolls with the bit. I worked on walking straight along the wall and adding circles to the inside when he would counterbend. He felt very stiff and heavy on his front end though, so I did not ride long.

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10/09/2019 12:36

Two line driving with the bit, riding

We started with two line driving in the bit to get Ben used to the bit and having to switch eyes. We had Ben do many changes of direction in tight circles, and then walking a straight line. We the moved on to riding with a bit in place, but using a halter. We worked on backing and transitioning between a hindquarter roll and bending. We also worked on moving the front end over.

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10/09/2019 10:23

Groundwork and Riding

Did a brief warm up with the saddle on doing hindquarter rolls and moving around in circles, doing the carrying drill with a flag around his hind end, and wrapping the lead rope around him, and having him follow the lead. Went on to riding and worked on straightness and not counter-bending. Ben rode with just a bit today (no halter), and had an active mouth but did well. Ben is sensitive to the rider\\\'s position and adjusts his balance to where the rider places their weight. We went to ride outside the arena. Ben did well, but did get a little excited when walking next to a pasture with other horses in it.

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08/10/2019 10:34

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03/01/2019 05:55

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Adoptable has been changed from No to Yes.

Special needs has been changed from to Adopted.

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10/10/2018 04:46

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06/22/2018 06:28

Groundwork with Noodles

See previous post. Computer was being difficult.

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06/22/2018 06:07

Noodlework

We did normal groundwork stuff. I emphasized backing since that is an area he gets stuck on. We did a bunch of noodlework so he is used to stuff touching his belly and legs. We worked on flexing his head side to side to mimick reins turning him. We backed off tarps and then backed off the teeter totter bridge! This was huge! He is usually very resistant to backing off of anything. What a good boy!!

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06/19/2018 01:22

Groundwork

Did the usual groundwork . I had more emphasis on backing since that seems to be a bit of a problem for him sometimes. He will not back out of the horse trailer and he will not back off of the bridge. I also found he would not back through a gate that he had just walked through. Definitely need more work on that. Did some lateral flexion to get him used to the feel of reins turning his head side to side. Using Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson techniques to work on the backing issue.

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06/15/2018 04:05

Trail walk at Mciver Park.

Trail walk at Mciver Park to work on the bridges and general trailwork. Ben was very calm immediately after coming out of the horse trailer. He was interested but not at all hyper. Excellent temperament! I still need to work on getting him to back out of the trailer rather than turn around but I didn\\\'t have enough time. We walked the trail and he was awesome. We did the sway bridge with no problems , he did the gravel step ups with almost no hesitation, teeter totter bridge took about five minutes . The balance beam bridge is a more challenging bridge for any horse. We worked on that for about 15 minutes and I used clicker training to encourage him to keep taking steps forward. He really did great! I\\\'m very impressed with how well you did for the very first time! One thing I need to work on is having him come forward off the pressure of the halter. He gets sticky feet and doesn\\\'t always come forward when he\\\'s uncomfortable.

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06/14/2018 04:14

Vaccinations

Ben had vaccinations and a sheath cleaning which was much needed. He was supposed to have a dental but it was apparent that he had had a recent dental so none was needed. The vet also left me dewormer which included two Panacur tubes and one Ivermectin tube. He will get a half a dose of Panacur and then a full dose in two weeks and then four weeks after that a full dose of Ivermectin .

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06/11/2018 05:43

More groundwork with saddle

Did more groundwork and desensitizing with saddle. Used saddlebags again to get him used to stuff flopping around on his back. Put pool noodles thru the stirrups. Each day he is really worried about the Noodles at first and then gets used to it. I have done this quite a few times so I was hoping by now he would be fine with that earlier in the session. I will keep working on that. I also put a tarp over the saddle and lunged him with that. He is nervous when it catches air but not really bad. Played the squeeze game over tarps and Noodles. I had thought about today being his first ride but he still seemed too reactive to some of the obstacles. Decided he needs more time desensitizing. I\\\'ve only had him for three weeks. His personality seems very mellow but he\\\'s a bit of a baby about obstacles and stuff touching him. He doesn\\\'t like the car wash strips much and rushes through that. I did spray bottle training with him and he obviously has been sprayed before because that was no big deal. He had his feet trimmed today which was awesome because they were super overgrown and breaking off. He will have a dental and vaccinations and worming this Thursday, June 14 2018.

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06/09/2018 05:07

4th saddle session

4th time with saddle. No issues with that. Walk and trot in round pen with saddle. Working on yielding hindquarters at liberty. He is much better. Using clicker training to reinforce this. Added saddlebags behind saddle to flop around at trot and canter. Also put pool noodles thru stirrups to get him used to stuff touching his belly and legs while moving. Nervous at first but quickly got used to it. Also pulled down on each stirrup to simulate weight of rider mounting. Ben seemed ok with that.

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06/04/2018 03:40

First saddle session

Worked on usual groundwork. Yielding hind and forequarters, backing and lunging. Included lunging with large tarp over his body. I also tied a rope around his chest to mimics the pressure of a girth or cinch. Lunged him with the rope around the chest. Ben seemed pretty unconcerned so I felt it was time to put on a saddle. Did some approach and retreat with the saddlepad and saddle. Put the saddle on and lunged both directions. He was great! No problems! I feel we are getting very close to a first ride!

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06/01/2018 05:14

Took a trail walk

Groundwork only. Took a walk up road to simulate trail ride. He is not bothered by very much. One thing I have noticed is nobody has ever worked on the right side of his body much. Very worried about you being over there. Tried to lead him home from the right side and had to flip the rope at his butt to get him to even take a step. Got home to the arena and worked on yielding hind and forequarters. Walked on the teeter totter bridge and in wading pool. Starting to do a forehand turn with front feet in the pool. Threw large tarp on him and lunged at walk. He was really good. A couple of days ago this made him very nervous. Working on backing with more energy. Super nice horse!!!

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05/26/2018 02:44

Ground obstacles

Yielded front and hind end. Backing. Still needs work to back with more energy . Walked on tarp, in wading pool, and on teeter totter bridge. He was pretty relaxed about most stuff.

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05/25/2018 04:10

Lunging and desensitizing

Trying to get to know Ben and what training he may have. I yielded his hind and forequarters. Did some lunging. Getting him to back with more energy. Worked on lowering his head. Desensitizied with a large towel, a tarp, stick and string, stick with a bandana, and a pool noodle. He is very sweet and mostly calm about things. The biggest challenge I had was to get him to go thru the gate into the roundpen. I have a cut up tarp(like a car wash) hanging on the gate but had all of the strips out of the way so he could walk in without anything touching him. He put on the brakes just before the gate. I had to work for 5-10 minutes to send him through.

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05/24/2018 04:36

Took a walk

Hi tied Ben in the barn and brushed him and picked his feet. I then measured his height and weight taped him! Had to desensitize him a bit to the measuring stick. He is 14.3 hands and 1000 pounds. I then took him for a walk up our dead end road. He had to deal with our automatic gate and I showed him mailboxes and garbage cans LOL. Up the road a small dog ran out and he didn\\\'t seem bothered. Overall he walked like a gentleman and didn\\\'t spook at anything ! He is curious about objects which is really nice. I threw the rope over his back and hindquarters when we got home. He is a little flinchy on the hindquarters. He needs to work on lowering his head and backing up. I will work on that a bunch.

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04/24/2018 06:06

Ben's details changed.

DOB has been changed from 04/01/2018 to 01/01/2009.

Rescue reason has been changed from to Surrender.

Status has been changed from to Rehabilitation.

Companion only has been changed from to No.

Adoptable has been changed from to No.

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