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  1. Hello, My name is Julie Anne. I have been off and on this site since 2008. Some of you may remember me or my standardbred mare, Lacey Jane. I finally finished university in Waterloo, Ontario with a bachelor's degree in mathematics; however, I cannot find work so I am looking into going back to school a little closer to home for computer science. Lacey has hit the big two-o (20), but she is looking good for her age and still going pretty strong. We did our first clinic this spring with cattle penning and sorting, and had a lot of fun riding with other horses and working with cattle. Here is a link to a video from our clinic.
  2. Had a great trail ride tonight; ran into a rabbit, turtle, moose, and raccoon and saw a white tailed deer. Most wildlife I have ever saw on one trail ride.

  3. Nice little walk with my old dog Tucker (he loved getting some one on one time), got the lawn mowed, and a short little ride on Lacey. A good day over all.

  4. Walked some shelter dogs today. It feels great to spend some one on one time with them and make their day with a nice walk. Patience got a beautiful long walk.Colby's was cut short as a thunderstorm was rolling in and it was getting close to the shelters closing.

  5. Attempted to try to take some self portraits of Lacey and I. It is tricky to compose self portraits, but here is a shot I was really happy with.

  6. Applied for student loan, and enrolled for classes. Excited to go back to school, but not so excited to move to Fredericton and increase my student loan.

  7. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    They are trying to start a Mounted Shooting Club in my province, New Brunswick, Canada. I tagged along to photograph the first clinic. I missed the first day were they covered gun safety, how the guns worked, and practiced firing from the ground to get use to the guns and desensitize their horses from the ground. Here are photos from the second day when they mounted up and started firing the guns while riding. They used foam cat toys as earplugs for the horses. Some wore fly bonnets to keep from shaking the toys out of their ears. Champ was not impressed with his ear plugs, but did not try to shake them out. Just had 'broken' ears. The clinician started by riding around shooting the balloons while the other riders followed to desensitize the horses while under saddle. Then the fun begun when the riders started shooting the balloons. All the horses were new at mounted shooting. Some just jumped a little, others balked, and a few bolted backward from the sound. But overall most did amazing for their first time. (More to come)
  8. Student loan is a headache! I got an extension on my student loan, then never heard from them. Well it turns out that I have missed a payment with no notification. I applied for another extension in the hopes that it will go through until I am back in school. Trying to apply for student loan for the fall, but running into a number of road blocks, as I am lost filling out the information.

  9. Lost power. Do not know why it feels like fall outside today. Not complaining as I love fall weather.

  10. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    All I was really trying to say is treats can be used in trick training, as I am not sure how pressure and release would be used in that application. I like to watch well trained trick horses, but do not think trick training should be done by everyone as it can create bad habits or be dangerous if horses do certain tricks off cue. But smilie I do agree with you that pressure and release (negative reinforcement) and the praise of good boy or good job and a rub or pat (positive reinforcement) is the basis to good training. Also some quick punishment when a horse bites, kicks, or acts in a dangerous mannor.
  11. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    Yes, I am on the wall, but I see your point. I have the book Trickonometry and it teachs tricks like: pushing you around pickpocket taking a hat off your head and giving it to you shaking hands counting ... seem like they 'could' encourage bad habits.
  12. Even though I am not feeling great today, I took Lacey for a short walk and rode her home bareback. The sun came out so I wanted to do something.

  13. My friend came to visit, and we decided to try Lacey in english tack. Lacey is a 20 year old standardbred. For the past 10 years Lacey and I have trail rode, participated in parades, and this spring we participated in a cattle sorting/penning clinic. Before that Lacey was a public trail horse and participated in some fun days barrel racing. Here she is in english tack, what do you think? (click image to see larger) My friend has a lot more experence with english riding then me, not to say she is a pro as she has taught her self so far but wants lessons. Therefore I got her to ride Lacey alittle so that I could watch and take some pictures. I think Lacey rode very nicely for never using english tack before. (click image to see larger) Can't take the country out of the Girl. My first time sitting in an english saddle, so as a joke I wanted to make myself look as western as I could. (click image to see larger) To tell you the truth I like the feel of the english saddle and would like to look into getting some lessons. No interest in showing, just think some english riding will improve my riding in general. posting seemed so much easier, my legs where a little higher allowing easier pressure when I squeezed, and Lacey backed up amazing when normally I can not get her to back in a straight line (we are working on backing up).
  14. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    Trick training is the only time I agree with using food as a bribe, but I do not know if I agree with trick training or not. Does trick training not teach horses to be disrespectful? It is fun to watch them do tricks but how do they learn to only do them on command and not when they are trying to earn treats (as some tricks are very unsafe).
  15. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    Correction it was the blank gun unloaded (not a cap gun). She knew she was not ready to shoot a gun off her horse, but her mother wanted her to try so she was led the pattern pretending to shoot the balloon and her horse actually spooked once at the empty click sound.
  16. I took a class in how to write instructions for mathematics and computer science student in university. I think this class should be taught in high school to everyone. I keep running into poor instructions and have to clarify them. For example applying to unb, the application says mail or fax, but the email I got after says mail. Steph said all I had to do was call the school, they say I have to bring in a stamped envelope. Feeling frustrated.

  17. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    The young girl is actually only using a cap gun. Not even popping the balloons. She shoot a gun from the ground, but was not ready to do so mounted.
  18. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    Some guns were blanks others gun power. You had to be with 20feet of the balloon, still very dangerous if pointed at the horse. Range official was needed and the clinician had to be close to those not registered to carry a gun.
  19. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    You can use release of pressure in training your dog to walk on a leash. Some people use clicker training or positive reinforcement, but to me that is like using clicker training while riding. I just started working with my dog by looping the leash around his waist. If he pulls it applies pressure to his waist, when he stops the pressure stops. Works so much better then the pressure applying to his neck, as he would keep pulling and gag himself.
  20. Lacey In English Tack For The First Time (Photos)

    No she is not tattooed. Her parents both raced, but the breeder must have got out of racing just before she was born. She has done some driving in a team, giving wagon rides to the public when she was at a public trail riding stable. Always wanted to try driving someday, need to find someone to teach me.
  21. Lacey In English Tack For The First Time (Photos)

    She is a great beginner horse; my first horse and I have had her 10 years. She may not be a perfectly trained horse but she has patience and has taught me and my friends and family a lot. Western is definitely my preferred style of riding. I love trail riding, interested in learning more about working cattle and enjoy watching barrel racing and pole bending.
  22. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    Wow that is something to think about? I have always considered how I feed my dogs, and see that there is a right and wrong way. But I have never really thought of how I feed my horse, other then she cannot disrespectfully grab the food from my possession.
  23. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    One rider did not want to shoot off her horse, but the clinician saw potential in the horse and asked to try it. It was amazing to watch! Swiching guns I love the falling gun in this shot. Not sure if you are disqualified when a gun is dropped. They were all telling me I should participate next time with Lacey. I have never handled a gun in my life and I am not sure what Lacey would think of the whole thing. She is fast to desensitize to new things so she may do well. Have any of you ever tried mounted shooting? If any of you were given the oppertunity would you try it?
  24. Mounted Shooting (Photos)

    (More to come)
  25. Positive, Versus Negative Re -Enforcement

    So, why a clicker, when you can use your voice? I often will say 'good boy, or good girl, when a horse gives me the correct response, plus that release from pressure. A voice can be used instead of a clicker, by what I have read about clicker training, it just needs to be a consistent cue that they have done the right thing. The clicker or cue is used to say yes at just the right moment, as you can not time the treat entering the animals mouth at the perfect exact moment they do what you want. Therefore, the release of pressure can also be consider similar to clicker training as you are 'saying' yes by removing the pressure at just the moment they do the right thing and rewarding them with the release of pressure. Edited: clicker training is positive reinforcement and release of pressure is negative reinforcement. Depends on the situation which type of reinforement is needed to be used.