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Norcalracer88

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Haha I am competing in a training challenge!!

It's called the Extreme Rescue Makeover out here in northern California! We get in totally wild horses to start over a 4 month period and compete for a chance to win $5000. I'm very excited but also very nervous.

The horses this year are mustangs rounded up from Virginia City, NV. I got the most adorable little (i mean little to me) 14+- bay gelding. I am so excites to do this competition. I picked him up on Jan 26th over an hour away from me. This was also my first ling distance solo hauling trip. I've only ever hauled local let alone back any kind of rig up so needless to say when it came time to maneuver the trailer where it needed to be I had to have some help haha. Whether we win or loose I hope to compete next year in the NorCal Mustang Makeover.

If anyone is interested you can follow my progress with my horse, who I call Zero the Hero, here...

www.facebook.com/zerotheheroerm

Anyways here are some photos from start to now!

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First meeting

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Pick up day!

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First time with a halter!

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Meeting my 6yo Seven for the first time

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First solo trip around the property!

More to follow in next post

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First time on the tarp!

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First time being tied

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First mini bodywork session! This is a huge cranio sacral release!

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First time in the arena with a rider on horseback

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First time moving with a saddle on! I had saddled him once before but this time I asked him to move out.

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Jumping off a big tractor in our obstacle arena!

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Haha I love this one! I was playing with his mouth rubbing some endorphin release pressure points :) now mind you this is zoomed in but I am only 5'3" and he is only 3yo or so. He is small for me when I'm used to my 15.1 gelding Seven and I work with mainly horses 15+ on a daily basis

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Hope you guys enjoy!

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How awesome is that? Very exciting, good luck! He really seems to pick right up on things. He is completely unhandled before you got him?

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Just thought I'd share some majore progress with my mustang! We had our first "ride"!! He was such a good boy! I didn't feel like he was totally ready for me to swing a leg over just yet, but this is huge for us!

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Haha I like that my 6yo paint gelding photobombed us in the back ground

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Hope y'all enjoy!

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i love the way you're working with him, not just the backing/groundwork but also the physio stuff. is it osteopathy or a combination of things?

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Nick I am certified through April Battles. Level one 'unwinding the horse' it's a combination of different methods. It has helped immensely. He had some stuff that needed to be fixed before I wanted to start hard work with him. Being able to fix a horse's body is huge in my training program. Each horse gets a small session before and after a ride and a full session once to twice a month depending on the issues. Some can't be fixed in one session and takes time to repair, but in the end the horse is much happier and easier to work with

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Just wanted to share some photos of my mustang! He got his first bath today! He loved the water as you can tell haha

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All dry!

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And just one for cute-ness! My 10mo Missouri Foxtrotter stud colt! He got his very first bath today as well!

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Your mustang looks so relaxed and happy! Good job!

Even in the first backing pics from mid Feb, I didn't think he looked concerned; I mean, he was standing *up* and had his ears back listening to you but I felt his eyes weren't wide and alarmed. He seemed more interested in seeing what these new things (over his back) meant.

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Norcalracer,

I wish you well with your mustang, this indeed has to be challenge, but no doubt a rewarding one if everything goes well. Looks like you are off to a good start. Best Wishes. PD

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