Penny Darlin' - Becoming a productive member of society

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  1. QHriderKE

    QHriderKE Senior Member

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    I figured I would start this little girl her own "training" thread, so we can all watch her progress!

    She'sa 2012 AQHA mare registered as "SH Casually Hip". Purchased for $550 as a yearling. I spelled it wrong when I entered it into All Breed and lost my login information.... my bad! Sh Caually Hip Quarter Horse

    She was born and raised to be a ranch horse, and that's exactly what she is going to be (for now). Eventually I wouldn't mind getting her into team roping and if she shows an aptitude for it, barrels.

    I'm going to post TONS of pictures and videos if I can!

    I'm gonna keep the blabbering short and get right into it!
    The day she came home:
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    A very awkward 2yo pic:
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    Her first ride (she was a real rank one). As a 3 year old:


    And I was really busy so I don't really have much on her until the fall of her 3 year old year and her 4yo year.

    I was away at school the fall of her 3yo year, so my mom was actually riding her and took her out for some roundups! She did get extremely over-the-top excited about cows, so mom did use a curb bit with a touch of gag on her for a short time.
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    And fast forward to her as a 4 year old, in the Spring.
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    And then I was done my first semester of college, so got to put more hours into her.
    Here are just a couple little snapshots:
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    In the arena, she got really lazy and super bored which sparked this thread:
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    She wasn't evading the bit, or even stretching really, just needs more "inspiration" go, which works best if I just threaten to spank her with the end of my rein.

    Here are a few videos showing her improvement over a week or two this summer (in order):






    And then this past fall, she got to step up and work a few times:
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  2. QHriderKE

    QHriderKE Senior Member

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    The most recent "stuff" I have on her is just continuing her rope work. She's abnormally unsure about ropes, which I just don't understand, she's never been roped or been in a tangle with a rope in her life.
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    (doing weird things with her head? She's a bit of a weenie)
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    She also REALLY loves cows. They excite her so much that if they move that means she needs to leap straight up in the air, or, her other tactic is to try to run at them. The excitement wears off after a bit, but it's very real. Spooky heifers are just AWESOME!
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    Here are some shots of her "mare drama":
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    She has this way of yawning for a good minute while I'm trying to get a picture of her.... so we just deal with it
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    She's grown up and filled out nicely-!!
     
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    slc Senior Member

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    Do you start roping and dragging stuff from the ground? Or from the saddle?

    I'd like to get my horse used to dragging things and ropes flopping around on the ground around him.
     
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    QHriderKE Senior Member

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    I usually start by just getting them used to the rope on the ground at first, just letting it touch their legs and rub it all over them. Then I do the same from their back, and I swing it and throw it around and shake the coils, slap them on my leg, on the saddle, rub their bums and necks with the rope. I will drag just the rope around for a bit, practicing on facing up to the rope (in the second and fourth photos of working on rope stuff) and seeing it on the ground (lots of horses spook at it cause it looks like a snake!).I usually start this once they are broke enough to not explode and buck me off, and make a habit of playing with a rope as often as possible (without actually roping anything!).

    Then I graduate them to pulling a log around, which goes smoothly for some horses and is a nightmare for others. Usually when they get to this point I'll know what type of horse I've got on my hands and with Penny, I had to just walk around with her on one side and physically drag the log around myself on the other side. She had a few upsets over it on the ground, but with a lot of patience I was able to drag it around from her back.

    You've inspired me to dig out a video from back in 2011 with Squiggy as a 3 year old and her first or second time with a rope! :eek2:
     
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    slc Senior Member

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    That is SO cool.
     
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    I look forward to seeing her progress! I'm training my mare to be a dressage horse predominantly, but that rope stuff does look like fun so I might start having a play around sometime soon.

    Keep sharing lots of photos!
     
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    QHriderKE Senior Member

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    Her bosal came in the mail today, it's a stiffer 3/4" one, a "colt" bosal, not super light, and has a lot of weight to it which equals to lots of release.
    I ran out of latigo leather while making the hanger, so I have to get more. It's really easy to make a simple bosal hanger, just need some blood knots and you tie it the same as you tie a rope halter. I've also got a mecate underway for it as well!
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    Who did you buy that from?

     
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    QHriderKE Senior Member

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    Ordered it from Steve Guitron. He makes good stuff! Very well known maker.
     
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