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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:57 pm 
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Whaw, this is unbelievable.
So free in the woods and he stays with you, playing so freely. Waw, and you just have him 6 months. Gosh these things give me tears in my eyes.... What a dream scenario

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Oh Brenda, I saw it! It's beautiful!

The music was perfect and Jack....oh man....he's SO COOL and clearly loved this.

AND, I saw your cordeo riding too!!!!!!!! YES!!!! LOVELY!

MORE! MORE! :applause:


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Brenda, this is an amazing video!
His face shows that Jack is heaving lots and lots of fun :)
And especially with a horse with a past like that, it is so moving to watch him playing with you and seeing him enjoying life... it brings tears to my eyes and a smile in my heart :lol: !

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this really looks so beautiful, sigh :)


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Bravo, Brenda and Jack.

Such a beautiful video, thank you for sharing. Your Jack is delighting in his own expression!

I'm also very jealous that you have a forest and snow.

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danceswithmanypets wrote:
A friend of mine had lameness issues with her horse for almost the last 2 years, everything was checked, his back, his hocks etc.... finally the culprit was found ( so upsetting ) advanced white line disease.....now after switching to a natural hoof trimmer, getting the proper treatment for the WLD and his brand new BOOTS, he looked like your Jack yesterday :)
everyone at the barn had tears in their eyes
So Glad Jack has you in his life now.
Carrie


Yes, I hear ya! I leased Jack for a month before I had a pre-purchase x-ray and we never suspected laminitis, just though he might have had an old shoulder injury. Now looking back all the clues make sense.

I found a GREAT barefoot trimmer last fall, and the boots have been wonderful. And many of my trails here are rocky (Maine!) so they will come in handy there even when he has fully recovered. I have put gravel in my two paddocks so they will get used to rough ground. Now Lucy will work WT and even C on it!! She must have several inches of sole???

Thanks for watching! Can't wait to see your draft guys, especially the Spotted Draft????

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Miriam wrote:
Super video!

You wouldn't believe that he was introvert and withdrawn and crippled with laminitis before, if you see him running and bucking like this, what a wonderful job you've done! :D

I'm also intruigued by your tiger! What did you put inside the bag to make such a nice ball? And is it heavy or not? I love how it bounces around your stick, I think the ponies would enjoy that too. Their current tiger is a bit boring I'm afraid because being heavy with rain it doesn't really want to move and flutter anymore. Yours seems like a wonderful solution to that. Please tell us your secret! 8)


Thanks Miriam! His laminitis was mild, or so it appeared, he is one tough QH!! He would always keep going for the rider but his body was tense and braced...I paid $$ for him but it feels like rescued him! He still has a long way to go with riding, but we're working on that!

My Tiger bag is just a stiffer plastic than the normal, softer kitchen bag???? More crinkly?? It probably won't last, I can see it starting to crack...but hey, there's more where that one came from!!! And yes it is light, tied on the end of a plastic whip.

You could however put a styrofoam ball inside a plastic bag, very light, often used to make X-mas ornaments, and can be gotten here in craft stores??? That would make it more bouncy I think??? but still light???

Hope this helps. Brenda

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horsefever wrote:
Hello Brenda:

What a beautiful video to watch. I hope one day to be able to play with my horses in the woods like you. He looks so happy. It brought tears (joy) to my eyes.
Love watching these videos.

Show us more...
Jocelyne


Hey Jocelyn! Thanks!

I started playing the treat game in the pasture, using two feed pans at each end to put treats in. While he is eating I walk towards the other feed pan and call him as soon as he lifts his head, then run to encourage him to catch up at the other feed pan, dump a bunch of treats, and then repeat.

It's a variation on a dog game we used fro agility to use to get better name response and faster recalls and handler focus, called the 'Come and Get It' Game. I figured, it worked well with the dogs so why not the horses!!

It took a while to get him to canter but now he canters all he time!! Here's a clip in the pasture from a few weeks ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M90MZ9I498Q

Try it at a shorter distance first! It's very easy and fun!

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Whaw, this is unbelievable.
So free in the woods and he stays with you, playing so freely. Waw, and you just have him 6 months. Gosh these things give me tears in my eyes.... What a dream scenario


Thanks! I am moved as well! Very exciting for me! And it is AWESOME in every sense of the word to be out there playing with such an animal!!! It does feel like a fairytale!!!! All he needs is a unicorn horn!!!!

And yes, that he stays with me and not runs back to Lucy and the barn is amazing! He came with a LOT of seperation anxiety and didn't like riding out alone, very tense and would look for any opportunity to turn for home. So that is my main goal with this liberty treat work...to get him to think that being with out with me and on the trails is FUN! We have many more miles to go tho!!!!

Will keep you updated as spring arrives!!!!!

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Oh Brenda, I saw it! It's beautiful!

The music was perfect and Jack....oh man....he's SO COOL and clearly loved this.

AND, I saw your cordeo riding too!!!!!!!! YES!!!! LOVELY!

MORE! MORE! :applause:


Oh thanks so much Karen! You have rehabed your Cisco into a new horse so you must know how exciting this is!!!!

Well I have a lot to work out on the cordeo riding but he seems to like it!!! I htink mine needs to be a bit longer so I can ride more comfortably with both hands???? Need to experiment...

However, riding a trained horse pales in comparison to riding with just a cordeo on a green horse like Tam! THAT is very impressive!!! I can't wait to start working with Lucy!! Soon...

Thanks again!!! Brenda

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JoLi wrote:
Brenda, this is an amazing video!
His face shows that Jack is heaving lots and lots of fun :)
And especially with a horse with a past like that, it is so moving to watch him playing with you and seeing him enjoying life... it brings tears to my eyes and a smile in my heart :lol: !


Thanks Jolanda!! It is great to see him daring to be expressive and wanting to play!!

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Barbara wrote:
this really looks so beautiful, sigh :)


Thanks Barbara!

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Kim Garsia wrote:
Bravo, Brenda and Jack.

Such a beautiful video, thank you for sharing. Your Jack is delighting in his own expression!

I'm also very jealous that you have a forest and snow.

Cheers,
Kim.


Thanks Kim!!

You can come anytime and visit my forest, and then you can take the snow back with you!!!!! I've about had it this winter!!!!! So playing out there with Jack makes it seem almost pretty!!!

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Hi again, I am curious as to Lucy's size?

Sid is such an easy keeper...I am trying to find some food treats that are low glycemic index, do have any suggestions?

I wonder how big my guy will get, he will be 2years old the end of May, ( I keep thinking of him as a yearling) he still acts so much like a baby. He is taller than Cree the mustang and his hind end is really high right now.
He is 15.1 almost 15.2hh now. He is really cute, and everyone says he looks like a rock star, because of his wildly long curly forelock and a spark in his eyes. I just love him to death, I could very easily spoil the heck out of him :lol:

I am sure you feel the same about Lucy and Jack. I will get a clip up of my guys, the clouds and cold has prevented me from getting decent video to post.
Great Videos Brenda.

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Hi again, I am curious as to Lucy's size?

Sid is such an easy keeper...I am trying to find some food treats that are low glycemic index, do have any suggestions?


Hi Carrie,

Lucy is about 16.1 and approximately 1300 - 1400 lbs right now coming out of winter, will probably lose a bit now that spring is upon us and we will be working more, and MAYBE riding some????? So maybe in REALLY good shape she would be 1200-1300 lbs????

I use mostly hay stretcher pellets,large bites. But I will also give a carrot or apple, cut up once in a while. And also, for really hard stuff, like at liberty out in the field or woods, riding, trailer work, farrier visit, etc. I will mix in a commercial treat that is apple flavored hay stretcher pellets (can't remember the name?), no additional sugar, just the sugar from the apples???? so probably not Low GI. I have tried lettuce and broccoli, etc. but they just won't have it!

She gets just about 1+ bale of hay (NOT rich!!) as well as one cup of MVP vitamins and one cup of black oil sunflower seeds (Low GI??) most days, tho sometimes I will use that as treats, depending upon what I am doing.

I feed HANDFULS of hay stretcher when I train so I probably go through about 2 - 3 quarts in say an hour session?????? I usually fill ALL my pockets and my carpenters pouch several times. For Jack too. And I probably work then about 4-5 times a week?? I think 1 pound hay stetcher equals one flake of hay??? so it is really like feeding an extra 3-4 flakes per session????

Hope this helps! Brenda

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