trottingalong

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    trail riding, showing minis
  1. It Has Been A While. Update!

    It's been a long time since I have been on here. Life gets busy and such but I had a huge breakthrough with my boy so I thought I would share some pictures. My drummy is 5 now almost 6 and I have put in a lot of time and effort into this horse. Well after having a fall that left me very sore but not hurt bad (the accident was my fault) I had taken a break from trail riding and worked on some diffrent stuff with him. Well last week we went camping! First time he had been out on the trails since I fell. It was the best mini vacation ever! I went with some friends and experienced horse people who really helped set us both up for sucess. We had a gallop across an open field (no happy bucks or hijinks) went through water like a champ,crossed train tracks (he's never even seen tracks) we even had the train come past us on the other side of the stream and was great! I could not be more proud of this horse. He did however drive me crazy in his little paddock. First he was bored and took the gate off the hinge acted like he had no idea who could have done that. Then played with his buckets endlessly until I found an empty tea jug for him to play with for a bit. He is a dog in a horse body. Now I have to remember how to post my pics!
  2. How Would You Handle It.

    Magic26 thank you for the well wishes! Part of my issue at the show was that I didn't expect it. He isn't like that at home he's never allowed to whinny or call to the others he's good about leaving the pasture, I ride out on trails we ride past his field with his very best friend a yearling who runs the fence and calls for him and he hasn't given me issues. If he was just a bit upset I think I could have been ok but he just lost it. I thought he knew that kind of behavior was not ok but IV definitely missd something....
  3. How Would You Handle It.

  4. How Would You Handle It.

    I just took my almost 5 yo appendix paint to his first show ever and he handled it really really well. He even had a young girl on a fidgety horse bump in to him and he handled it like a pro. His only big problem was that he was extremely herd bound with one of the other horses from our barn. 3 other girls went all on horses in his field but he only cared about bandito. I trailered him by himself on purpose hoping he wouldn't get attached to a trailer mate. I got him off the trailer tied him up next to bandito saddled up no problem and we went in to the warm up ring with bandito because I didn't want to go alone. I guess that was my down fall. Warm up ring was too much for me, he handled it better than I did. Then we all stood outside the ring and waited for our classes. I didn't do the first two( this was a local fun show with little speed games) I skipped poles and barrels and he was fine when bandito went in the ring. I went to do figure 8 and he lost it. Didn't want to leave the gate when he finally did he bucked pretty good I rode it out made him keep going and finished the pattern. He got better about going in the ring as the day went on but he was bad when I got off and walked him back to the trailer with out his friend. I made him yield his hindquarters yield shoulders back up walk on anything I could do to try to get him to focus helped for a bout a second then back to screaming. On the way back to the trailer he flew straight up in the air all four feet off the ground like a Lippizzaner. Got to trailer and lunged him a bit where he just bucked and carried on until his friend showed up. I really didn't expect him to fly off the handle like that and it's absolutely unacceptable behavior but I found my self lost for a solution. He was good as gold when he had his friend but he can't just choose when he wants to behave and when he doesnt. So how would you handle my situation?
  5. Do You Feel Stupid On Small Horses?

    I feel kinda silly riding my moms pony. im 5'8 and the pony is 13.1 I do look ridiculous but hes a well built tough little pony, hes never minded my weight, and shes too green to ride him, since hes only green broke. So I dont really have another option either I ride him or he doekillsnt get worked. But its hard not to ride him hes soooo cool love s to jump and hey its not like I have far to fall if I come off. I just ride him anyway despite looking silly. hes comfortable and we work well together and thats all that matters.
  6. Lump Under Jaw

    Thankyou both for replying. I did finaly get an appointment for friday w the vet. Although now it looks like it might be shrinking and I have been doing a warm epsom salt compress every day. Smilie it could be but it is painfull to the touch amd came up so quickly. I would happily have It be something as simple as that though. He does get his teeth checked every six months
  7. Lump Under Jaw

    drummer is 4 this year and so far hes been healthy and active. last sunday found a large very noticable lump under his jaw. It is hard and tender to the touch and i had just seen him that friday so it appeared within a day or two. he plays rough but it doesnt seem like a bite from another horse or a tick bite. it was about the size of a chicken egg now it seems bigger like a goose egg. he has no fowl smell on his breath no fever,no trouble eating, and is running and playing like normal. i talked to my vet and he does not seem very concerend told me to watch it that it may be he just has a virus and its a swollen gland that will either go away or possibly burst open. its been at least a week now with no positive change. my vet is having a super bussy week and i cant really get an appt right now unless its an emergency wich its not as of now. if it really is a swollen gland caused by a virus is there a general time frame that i should be looking for improvment? could it be something more serious? should i call back and insist on an appt even if it really ends up being nothing? i just feel like a bad horsey mommy here poor drummys got this problem and im not doing anything for him.
  8. Lump Under Jaw

    drummer is 4 this year and so far hes been healthy and active. last sunday found a large very noticable lump under his jaw. It is hard and tender to the touch and i had just seen him that friday so it appeared within a day or two. he plays rough but it doesnt seem like a bite from another horse or a tick bite. it was about the size of a chicken egg now it seems bigger like a goose egg. he has no fowl smell on his breath no fever,no trouble eating, and is running and playing like normal. i talked to my vet and he does not seem very concerend told me to watch it that it may be he just has a virus and its a swollen gland that will either go away or possibly burst open. its been at least a week now with no positive change. my vet is having a super bussy week and i cant really get an appt right now unless its an emergency wich its not as of now. if it really is a swollen gland caused by a virus is there a general time frame that i should be looking for improvment? could it be something more serious? should i call back and insist on an appt even if it really ends up being nothing? i just feel like a bad horsey mommy here poor drummys got this problem and im not doing anything for him.
  9. Spooky Horse

    Smilie im sorry I wasn't very clear with my second question,my bad. No the balking is improving slowly I just walk forward like I'm going somwhere with a purpose and not anticipate him balking and staying focused. If he plants himself, I make him yeild his hips get his attention back and ask for forward until I get it. Your right I asked for forward and he needs to respect that. My second question was what to do after he is there. Its cold out and I'm a wuss when it comes to cold. Right now I'm not really asking him to go outside I just want to get to the cross ties(where he stands fine) so I can brush him or tack up. So the big double doors going outside have been closed making a dead end. Crossties are off to the side facing into the isle way. He will start walking then plant, I move him around a bit then ask again for forward and after a few tries usualy get to the big doors. Then once he is where I want him I let him stand for a second or two then we usualy make a u turn go back and start over until we can walk all the way to the big doors no stopping then we quit for the time being. In stead of making a u turn I've been walking straight in then backing straight out the direction we came.my thinking was, walking in was the easy for him going back where he prefers to be is now a chore. Or am I just teaching him he has to back up to get here he wants? I don't want that. I hope I explaned my self a little better. I have a really hard time explaining what I'm thinging to others writing makes it twice as hard. So let me know if I'm babbling on and still not making sense and ill try again:)
  10. Spooky Horse

    ok I think I figured out how to post a picture hope it works. this is drummer from yesterday
  11. Spooky Horse

    little update, drummy and I are doing better. I really just did not realize how much I had been feeding into his behavior. thank you guys for my little wake up call. I finally got my crap together took a few deep breaths and focused. we aren't past it yet but at least making positive progress finally :) yesterday he even went back through after the stupid light on a timer turned off and startled him. we calmly walked back through so I could turn it back on no balking. I do follow up question though. when I walk him through whether or not I am met with resistance or he walks through calmly I have quit turning him around to walk him out, instead if he wants in the arena I back him up to get him to his "safe zone" do you guys agree or disagree with that? my thinking has been that A im not putting the scary place behind him therefore avoiding an extra reason to spook until he gets more comfortable there and B im asking him to do a task that requires him to keep his focus on me, as opposed to just turning him around where he tends to rush back to his safe place. oh and FloridaHorseman I have not been able to get ahold of someone I will trust w my horse to be able to lead him through so I can see if he balks with them or not. ill have to wait for my one friend to come by and if I can steal a few min from his busy schedule.
  12. Spooky Horse

    Wow sorry it took so long to get back to you guys. Anyway I do appreciate all the advice. I do have a rope halter I use with him frequently. I am not afraid of this horse and I dont get nervous when he balks. I cant say however that I dont anticipate a bit. I feel like otherwise his ground manners are pretty good. I'm not sure what I could do to improve uppon his ground work. I move towards him he moves out of my space,he backs well ,I can move his hip and shoulder, he lounges off my voice command. He doesnt get away with being sluggish either. I have tryied to be confident and just expect him to walk through but I guess im just not getting the message through, and I might be anticipateing him to balk. I guess ill just work on that the best I can and just expect him to go through
  13. Spooky Horse

    I have had my paint drummer for almost three years now, I got him when he was 1 &1/2. He has been spooky about the main barn isleway ever since I got him. He's generaly a bit of a worry wort anyway but this one spot cause a upset every single darn time. It is a bussy area lots of stuff a blanket rack, three saddle tiers and some chairs for us to sit in off to the side..(its a very wide ilse way) you walk right in on the right is a wash stall w crossties then you go right in to the indoor arena and stalls. The gate to the pasture is in the back we walk all the way through the indoor then the goal is to get into the wash stall and crossties. He balks every single time. After a couple tries we make it through and into the wash stall. I've tried every thing I can think of to make him more comfortable. I walk him all the way through and back multiple times, fed him in there, just spent time there standing there, rewarding him with cookies, walking w a whip and sending him forward before he has a chance to go backwards, having a helper behind me. Its realy starting to drive me nutts. He will walk through with minimal hesitation if I am riding and walking through to go trail riding.... I often ride alone in the arena, and he's is often spooked when people come walking in through the isle way, he doesn't hear them then all the sudden they are there and he will jump or run a step or two, I get his attention back we keep on working do circles or figure 8s something and he is ok. Once he knows people are there he's good. I'm sure that's fueling the hatred of the isleway since its the same darn spot every single time. I just don't know what to do about it. Just wondering if anyone had helpful advice on how to get over this hump.
  14. Trail Riding

    Smilie I like the way you think :-) I agree it should be more about him trusting my leadership, and that will help us overcome any obsticals we face together. This is my first young horse, so to a certain extent we are learing together. I often seccond guess my training decisions w him because I just don't have the personal experince to know if what I'm doing is right. Its been frustrating to say the least. Sometimes I get a little to far ahead of my self. For now I think I need to stay home until I'm more confident that he understands my aids, just a little bit better.
  15. Trail Riding

    Thankyou guys for replying back, sorry I was away for awhile. Smilie that's a good point I had not thought about. Nick, I have access to a pony that is very used to ponying other horses but to be honest that little guy has my number and I don't feel compfortable riding him out on trails even w o ponying another horse. I have some friends who could but they are bussy and don't have the time to do it with any regularity. I guess for now ill just keep him home. Was just hoping for a little change of scenery.