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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Trail riding and trail riding!!!

I am just loving the weather in NC! I get lots of chances to ride all winter. Unlike MI where many times I couldn't even make the snowy or icy roads to get to the barn. Plus, Kaspin is now 15 mins from me! In MI I was an hour to an hour and a half away from Kaspin. Also with Kaspin so close! I get to see him everyday now! Before I couldn't afford the gas! This barn I board at doesn't have any arena's though. So I have pretty much no choice to only trail ride. They do have miles and hours worth of trails!!! So as soon as I got the ok from vet and hoof trimmer to ride. We did!! Kaspin was soooooo nervouse the first weeks. I never thought I would get Kaspin to relax! My hands were hurting from trying to hold him back. I worked hard on Kaspin listening to me and not the other horses. I practiced circles when he couldn't stand still at all. I practiced backing, stopping, trotting when other horses were walking, walking when other horses were trotting, side passing on trail, being end horse etc. I did all these things so Kaspin would pay attention to me only on the ride. Finally after a month Kaspin blew out 4 times on the trail yesterday!!!!! Meaning he got relaxed enough to blow out! Yes Kaspin has trail riden before! But he was off work for at least 8 months from his laminitis and insulin resistance and I took him trail riding cold with no arena work. Just a little bit of round pen work each day before the rides. Either way Kaspin has learned lots in the last month. We pretty much trail ride 4 miles each day. Kaspin still gets nervouse being end horse. He likes to lead. Kaspin gets really nervouse with things far behind him and noises he can't see. I am hoping over time he will get used to all these experiences and I keep working with him trusting my leadership! He needs to trust me. Here are some of my pics! Keep it natural!! Thanks Kaspin! I love you!












10 comments:

  1. I'm glad Kaspin is learning to relax on the trails and that you don't have to travel as far to see him.

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    1. Yes, being close to him is so awesome! Yesterday Kaspin blew out 5 times yeahhhh!

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  2. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you getting to ride everyday! Having him closer is so awesome. I'm glad he's doing well. You've made a ton of progress in just one month, so just wait, by summer he's going to be a seasoned pro. :D

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    1. Yes, being close to him is so awesome! Yesterday Kaspin blew out 5 times yeahhhh!

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  3. You go girl! That's awesome news! I still miss your snow pictures though ;)

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    1. Thanks! Sorry, I won't miss the snow pictures LOL. Today is 61 and sunny!!! Loving this weather for winter!!! Yeahh. xoxo

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  4. I'm a Michigan (Petoskey) to NC transplant as well. We've been here 5-6 years now and yes, the weather is great. I love the mountains and the outer banks - not to mention quick trips to DC and Charleston - and FL is even within reach. I am so glad to see you and Kaspin are doing well - I haven't blogged about my horse for quite some time - but we have been learning and having a blast.

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    1. Yes, definitely loving the weather. Much better for outside fun and horse riding! Glad you are having a blast too!!! :)

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  5. I love your pictures, so beautiful! Are you using one of Kalley's Hybrid halters? If so, how do you like it?

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    1. Thanks!! Yes, I do have one of Kalley's hybrid halters. Yes, like it a lot for ground work. Love how the bottom ring can move freely. My horse tends to move his head in opposite direction of the bend and this moving ring helps for sure!! Smiles!!

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