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Horse Name:

Big

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Poppy

Date:

02/22/18

Note:

Concentrated on the rhythm, and on the quality of the throughness of transitions. Both of leads relaxed. Shoulder in can be a great tool here, as it forces him to work a bit more physically, (which can give them something to concentrate on). Circles and figures helped here. I focused on getting a really good quality bend… bending right, then bending left, then right, then left with a quiet transition from trot to canter/canter to trot.

Good ride.

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Horse Name:

Smooch

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Poppy

Date:

02/22/18

Note:

Smoochy was so good yesterday. No lunge was required. Smooch maintained a consistent trot pace while working through grids of poles and jumps. Smooch cantered on both leads balanced without attempting to swap leads or roaching his back. The pessoa rig is making a big difference. Happy ride minus the chain saw 🙂 we had to go back to the barn north towards the road.

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Horse Name:

Ava

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Mandy

Date:

02/15/18

Note:

This is a test to show what owners see.

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Horse Name:

Smooch

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

McNair, Jenna

Date:

02/15/18

Note:

Just a short update for the last few times I’ve lunged smooch. He is so much fun to work with on the ground! He is very honest to every pole exercise I put in front of him – even if he doesn’t know where to put his feet, he still tries very hard.

We have been doing lots of pole exercises to help him find his balance and figure out what his feet are supposed to be doing. Canter bounces on a circle, trot sets alternating the ends of poles off the ground. Poles on the circle encourage him to lift up his inside shoulder and balance to the outside, not falling in. Long trot sets encourage him to stretch long and low through his back, while canter bounces help him to reach under with his haunches and lift his shoulder up. I’m not incredibly careful about setting the poles exactly evenly; depending on the day, they may be shorter, longer, or some short and long – I want him figuring out how to adjust his body and step as well as learning to pay attention.

He is very brave! Even when he knocks a pole over, he doesn’t get scared but goes right back to work. I have definitely seen an improvement in the last few weeks in how he is thinking about using his body, and he is also doing a good job of adjusting his own stride length and track to arrive on the correct step for the poles. As he continues to thhinknand learn more, he will be able to start transferring the work on the lunge to under saddle with a rider.

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Horse Name:

Little Rhett

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

McNair, Jenna

Date:

02/13/18

Note:

Little was very respectful on the lunge line. After we warmed up, we did some poke exercises, including a cavaletti bounce. While very naturally balanced, he does not know how to stretch through and lift up his back and shoulders yet; he balances by lifting his head, which makes him strengthen the wrong muscles and does not help him when you get into problems while jumping. I would suggest talking with Poppy and myself to come up with a lunging/riding plan to help him learn this. On the lunge, I would suggest long trot pole sets, set slightly long to encourage stretch and lift, first on a straightaway then when he confidently stretches through that, moving to a circle. At the canter, bounces will encourage him to rock back and use his haunches but won’t help with encouraging long and low. Alternating a pole on the ground with a half pole up will help him lift through his haunches, back, and shoulders more and encourage him to stretch through his neck.
Supervised, a weekly lunge in side reins, the Pessoa rig, or Chambone could also be beneficial, followed by pole work later in the week on the lunge without any gadgets.

Ground driving can be useful for introducing him to lateral moves, which will again help him learn to use his haunches, back, and shoulders better.

I did notice that when faced with a new question, his first response is to completely back off and refuse; after he slowly checks everything out and does it at a slower pace, he then is completely fine. Let me know if you want help coming up with some exercises to think his way through a problem and encourage him to be a little more brave! He’s super fun to play with and such a good boy.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

McNair, Jenna

Date:

04/20/17

Note:

Freya was very attentive in her ride. Since she insisted on throwing her head up as soon as I tried to shorten the reins, I first lengthened and shortened them at the walk until she was non-reactive. We did a long walk warm-up and worked on moving her shoulder in and out and moving off my leg when I asked instead of leaping forward at leg pressure. For the majority of the ride, I focused on keeping quiet hands and did lots of downward and upward transitions through the halt/walk/sit-trot, using my legs and seat to ask her to half-halt, whoa, and stay straight, with the goal of having her accept pressure on the bit through a transition without tossing her head.

She wants to be very wiggly in her downward transitions, so we worked on square halts from the walk and trot and moving her shoulder or haunches back on the track when she did not stop straight; when asking her to stop straight, she will interpret any uneven pressure, whether in the legs, seatbone, or hands, as a cue to move off the track. In her upward transitions to the sit trot, I used a deep seat and steady hand to push her into the bridle to prevent Freya from raising her head and hollowing her back to evade my aids. By the end of the ride, she was achieving her downward transitions when I sank down in the saddle and closed my leg, with little to no hand pressure, and lowering her head to the bit instead of tossing her head into the air; in her upward transitions, she was easing into a sit trot at the pace I asked without tossing her head and jumping forward into it. Because I consistently used the exact same cues every time I asked her to slow down or speed up, after many repetitions, she was not attempting to anticipate my cues and being over-reactive but was rather waiting for me to tell her what to do and then reacting appropriately to the input she received – using her thinking brain!

At the end of the ride, we spent several minutes enforcing the fact that we are capable of keeping our feet still at the halt on a loose rein in the middle of the ring and then standing still while the rider rolls up the stirrups and loosens the girth. Freya decided to be a fruitloop while being led back to the barn, so we circled past the trailers about ten times until she walked calmly behind me rather than rushing past.

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Horse Name:

Hooper

Note Type:

Reminder

Date:

12/16/15

Note:

This is just a reminder that the farrier is coming next week.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Southworth, Sarah

Date:

08/27/15

Note:

Rode without spurs today in Waterford. Really worked on moving off the leg and framing. No response = crop behind leg. Much more responsive and respectful after just a few minutes of this pattern. Finished great!

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Vet

Date:

06/16/15

Note:

Spoke with Meghan today and we can resume the previcox after a week of being off the prednisone. She did stress the recommendation that the coffin joint need to be done to help her not get tight and hurt higher up as she protects her front feet. The neck injection would be further down the road.

Poppy

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Health

Date:

06/16/15

Note:

Zeke was worse front left today after being shod yesterday. I have a call into Chris and briefly discussed with Meghan. I had Priscilla give bute in a snack this al and the back on track put on this afternoon. I will check him out tomorrow and update you on how he is. Mandy and stacie said you were out tonight. Sorry I didnt contact you earlier. My phone was dead and I was running errand.

Talk tomorrow

Poppy

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Doyle, Poppy

Date:

04/22/15

Note:

Rode Ted in the loose ring gag. no martingale or draw reins. Focused on pushing for bigger step and jumping singles at varying heights. He followed commands when asked and I experienced no scooting.

P.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Doyle, Poppy

Date:

04/22/15

Note:

Zeke was really good. Lateral flat work, canter poles, lengthening and shortening were worked on. Introduce him to the gymnastics of a 3 to 2 stride and several single jumps at both the trot and canter.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Vet

Date:

03/11/15

Note:

Grace has a melanoma on the inside right of her mouth.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Vet

Date:

03/11/15

Note:

Freya’s leg was looked at by Dr. Hunt and medication was left.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Vet

Date:

03/12/15

Note:

The vet noted that Bentley has some hooks and that his teeth need to be floated. Due to the upcoming show Poppy would like him to be done next week. Unless I hear otherwise we will go ahead and schedule an appointment.

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Horse Name:

Note Type:

Training

Rider:

Sarah

Date:

02/24/15

Note:

Sarah rode Zeke. No lunge was required. Bending and flexing to both sides. Left lead was drilled and gotten consistently with minor breaks to trot 3 or 4 strides after because Sarah was unsure if he had the correct lead :). Practice lower x-rail at the trot. Poppy supervised/coached the ride. He has a scrape back left leg, minor swelling but no lameness. Went out as normal.

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