Polka Dot Ponies

This will most likely be just a collection of my ramblings. I ride and train horses, so there is bound to be a lot of horse stuff. But I also just like to vent and this seems the perfect place.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


I got so busy with my rant I forgot to tell you the good things!

Titan was AMAZING today. He is feeling much better and is back in my pocket every time I go into the pasture. He is even back to running about as normal.

Today we worked on clippers. We have been working with them on and off for a while now. I want to go slow so that he doesn't end up as a horse that has to be twitched!! So I always untie him and hold the lead in one hand while holding the clippers in the other. Anyway, until today we had only gotten to the point of me holding the clippers against his side, shoulder, neck, cheek and legs for him to get used to the vibrations and the noise (we had started with him sniffing the non-running clippers). I always push him a little beyond his comfort zone without scaring him. Today we worked up his neck and got to the point where I could hold it on his poll without him even blinking. So I went ahead and trimmed up his bridle path. He was a little concerned about the change in the noise as it actually cut the hair but he didn't move just kind of looked at me out of the corner of his eye.

I love that boy!!

Tomorrow I think we will do a little refresher on ground work. We do the basics everyday but we haven't actually done a proper ground session on about 2 weeks!

This picture is a little strange. I like it because his face is the only thing that is really clear. I guess it does make him look a little funny but since he is a baby and growing he often looks a little funny!

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Blogger Jean said...

Titan looks a bit like my Chance. Big white blaze and a chestnut. Chance looked kind of funny when he was younger. They do grown into themselves just fine.

Thought I'd drop by after you posted to my blog. Now you are in trouble as I will add you to my favorites and you will have to be loyal about posting. *G*

I do hope you get Thunder. From the sound of things--read a bit about his story--he is not at all suitable for someone with limited experience. I do hope the girl is not foolish enough to just hop on a try to ride him out of the fences.

And how in the world can she hope to train him without proper facilities?? Or the time to do it right? *sigh*

October 3, 2008 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

That's supposed to be "do GROW into themselves." *G*

October 3, 2008 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

and you get added to MY favourites as well!

good work on the clipping front - as you say, so many horses end up having to be twitched (or sedated!), and if that can be avoided, all to the good..

October 3, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

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