Feeling better!

     Jellybean seems to have been feeling better this evening! She scarfed down her dinner like a champ.

     It was fun tonight when Robert and I went to a dinner program by the Brazos Extension and TAMU Vet School. Not only did we meet some new friends with Robert’s last name, but they are related to Sam and read this blog (hi!). Small world!



Vaccines are no good!

     I went out to see Jellybean again today, hoping she would be feeling better. Unfortunately, she was still feeling awful. She let me clip her and stretch out all of her legs without any annoyance. She just stood there with her head down. 

So sad 😦

     I thought she might not feel well because of muscle soreness, so I worked her in the round pen and tried to warm up her muscles and get her to move. She moved out, but she didn’t perk up much. She did eat all her food though, so that was some improvement. 😦

Long Lining I

     So today we decided to take a few leaps forward in training and try out some new equipment. Maggie told me a strategy her mother and she used breaking babies previously. They own an old vaulting surcingle, and described a technique with two lunge lines and the surcingle. 

     Earlier last week, we tried on the surcingle and practiced moving around with this big annoying piece of equipment on Jellybean’s back. Today we reviewed the surcingle in the round pen and then practiced responding to pressure in hand. 

     Jellybean didn’t mind the lunging/surcingle ring, but when we were in the large arena she had a lot of trouble understanding the move forward cue. We took a step back, and started trying to learn to move forward in the round pen. She pawed the ground a bit before she figured out how to move forward. Then, BOOM. Jellybean was walking around the round pen in the rig and changing direction with my cues. 

     Next time we practice this exercise we will review in the round pen before moving out to the big arena! I am very excited about this exercise, because I love the idea of the horse already knowing how to turn and move prior to the saddling experience. And hopefully know how to stop 🙂 Until next time!

I’m not really sure how this was comfortable… Or how she didn’t fall over…

Bath day!

     Lots of new experiences for Jellybean today! She got to refresh her knowledge of being ponied around. Benny volunteered to help out with Jellybean and let me ride him while we drug her along. 

Benny was a rockstar!

     We managed to walk around both directions and then trot a little. 

Look what a cute little family we are 🙂

     After we worked on the ponying lesson, we decided to push the envelope even farther and play in the water! 

Yuk water!

This is so wet :s

We figured it out!

     This awesome weather almost makes the few days of crappy weather worth it!

Our first suicide attempt

     Well. Today was the day. Jellybean decided she was done with this nasty new pasture. The temperature was brisk, but not too hot to gallop around the pasture, searching for the way out. She galloped past the gate opening to the 200 acre field. No. She saw her opportunity… The wire fence beside the gate. Oh! But its so big! I don’t want to… but the corner… I have to… ahhhhh!

     That was a tad dramatic. What actually happened was all the horses in the pasture were galloping around, and Jellybean evidently decided to jump the fence instead of stopping. 

Robert was kind enough to model the fence that she mostly jumped. He’s 6’9″ for those of you who have never seen him in person. She ripped the wire from the post during her exertion. She looks ashamed.

    Apparently she also dreams of being an acrobat. A witness reported her “graceful” front roll as she hit the ground. She was fine, though in a bit of a mood when I made it out this afternoon. I hope all of her suicide attempts are this minor. And who knows. Maybe she wants to be a jumper when she grows up.