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Krickette
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Just some updates! Need to brag on my girl
So, I haven't been on here in AGES! I don't know how active y'all are anymore, but for those of you still here I wanted to update on my pony and I. On a color related note: Jazz got her momma's vitiligo! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3339386242898.2123501.12159001... I bathed her the other day and noticed all sorts of new spots! Also a question, for those of yall with white faced horses. Jazz gets this gunk around her pink skinned eye. Like brown stuff on the eyelid itself and also this yucky scabby like stuff on her face around her eye. I don't know what it is or how to stop it from happening. I've just been putting skin so soft on it and cleaning it off. It's gross though. Also! We still aren't cantering under saddle yet. She's had a few visits from the chiropractor and can now canter on the lunge on the left lead bautifully. The right is interesting. Every time I make her change directions to the right, even if it's from a stop, she TAKES OFF and runs as fast as she can. She runs in a circle, she's not pulling, but she's running HARD. Then eventually she slows to a trot and we start actually working. I dont know what her deal is. But yesterday she actually cantered on the right lead! Like for almost a whole circle!!! No bunny hops, no cross firing, nothing! Then she would slow to a trot on her own and we'd pick up again. If she didn't slow after a while she would kind of "catch" and switch to the other lead. But I'm SUPER excited! That means there's hope!!! Also! I rode her bareback for like the maybe 3rd time ever. The other times were only at a walk and many years ago. This time we trotted! We even did cavaletti! I didn't do those very well, haha, i just let go and grabbed mane, my seat isn't good enough for her bouncing over those yet. http://www.facebook.com/v/3336591253025
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Great to hear from you,

Great to hear from you, Krickette! And even better to get an update on Jazz! The whole forum has been slow lately, I think most people are really busy with spring, new foals arriving and whatnot.

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I was just thinking today you

I was just thinking today you hadn't posted in a while, nice to hear from you and thanks for sharing :-BD .

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Oh yeah! I forgot it's baby

Oh yeah! I forgot it's baby season!!! How exciting!

I'm pretty pleased with Jazzy's progress! I can't remember if I posted about it already but she got a 56.875 at her first show ever! And my first Dressage show ever! Which was also my first show period in like...5 years or something! There was another one last week I was originally planning to go to but I forgot the date haha. I should write these things down.

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Do not ride her

Do not ride her bareback.....a horse with a back problem + bareback with a rider sitting right on the spine is a no-no!
The reason she is running away is because she is evading the situation on her "bad" side- it takes a horse AGES to realise something that has caused discomfort in the past is no longer doing so. My advise would be (apart from not lunging her, build a round pen)to start her from a standstill on both sides and actually put her, strongly, into a fast canter from word go, so she is always obeying you. This is why I will lead a recalcitrant horse up to the trailer ramp and say firmly "WHOA"- getting the horse to believe it is obeying your command is half the battle. Then , when you say "Walk on" the horse walks into the trailer- I used to do this for a living and, trust me, it works! (And I got it, verbatim, from "My Friend Flicka" when I was nine!)
So push her on, make her canter, keep her cantering and when she wants to slow make her do one more loop then ask her to slow down. Only when she will do this on both reins should you ask her to start slowly again- I always start off pushing the horse, anyway, as it puts you in charge straight away- "I say go, so, you go"
Nice to have you back btw!

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If I could build a roundpen I

If I could build a roundpen I would, I have wanted one for years now. But right now the extra time/money just isn't there. Dad's plant is shutting down and... yeah. It's not going to happen.

I am continuing to have the Chiro out though, and she has been improving! We're excited about that!

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you could get some step in

you could get some step in electric fence posts and put a string of fence across the top, but dont turn it on and lunge with a rope

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