Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Filly Ride #2

The filly once again, had to prove that she isn't just a feed and lead horse.  Poor girl.

She was very quiet and easy going.  No worries about being the only horse and no real issues looking at any scary objects in the arena.

I put down a ground pole earlier and she happily walked and then trotted over it.  Wow.  The SFM has to examine each and every colored ground pole every time before riding over them.

Because you know:

Ground poles eat horses.

Filly backed a few steps as well.  A little more work on being a bit softer and not stargazing and bending a little to the inside.  Very quick learner.

She also decided to think about quitting whenever she reached the end of the arena near where I tie her up at.  OK horse, I guess you aren't quitting on that end today.

She has a few symptoms that are making me examine ulcers.  Increased wood chewing, slowly at eating her feed, and some other behavioral changes, so I went ahead and started her on omeprazole today.  Hopefully that will do the trick.

It's going to be an early morning to go and see her before work, but it should all be worth it in the end.

How about you guys?  What do you like to introduce to your young horses right away undersaddle?


  1. I noticed that ground poles like to jump out of nowhere and try to attack Brantley ALL the time. Glad it's not just mine.

  2. Forward! He wasn't like as green as your filly, but forward was first thing on my list, followed by whoa.

    1. Yes! That's a sticky point for us right now, but I am hoping that treating her for ulcers will help her get some pep back. She has gotten very lazy, even just loose in the arena or on the lunge.


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