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Sounds like a perfect match for you and the others involved. Hope to see more as your work continues.

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I've got some updates for you!!

First off, meet Rubina. She's a 16-year-old Paso Fino mare. Her past is pretty vague but her owner told me that she is very sensitive and can be wary of people. She told me that she would probably be hard to catch, but I took my time and didn't have any issues with her. She's an absolute goof like Tessa. Her owner found it hilarious that Rubina wriggles her lips when I start scratching her; apparently that's not something she'd ever done before! She took to clicker training right away. She's very anxious and defensive, so, for now, I'm focusing on building trust and positive associations with people. By the end of our first session, she was following me around like a dog. When I worked with her yesterday (our 3rd session) she didn't even move when I approached her with the halter. After doing some massage on her, I think she has some issues requiring a chiropractor. She's very jumpy about her poll being touched and sensitive in the croup bone and hip joint. She is in very poor body condition, so if she's out of alignment that would explain a lot. If she can't bend at the poll and drop into her hindquarters, she can't properly use her core to lift her back. So she has zero topline and is very heavy in the forehand, much like Tessa was. I'm very excited to see the transformation!!


Rubina's kind of been "running wild" so her mane and tail are in dreads. Took me an hour to tame her mane and still haven't gotten her tail in better condition since she's very scared to have me touching that area. Anyway, I was ridiculously proud of this transformation

This is Chiquita, the foal I'm going to start working with. She was my favorite out of all of them (shhh, don't tell anyone). She's very shy, but she's already approached me several times. She's a dun paint like my Tessa girl. I just love Chiquita's markings: her dorsal stripe, blue eyes, and cute blaze. She's the youngest of the foals and was just weaned from her mom. I can't wait to work with her since she's a blank slate. I won't have to spend most of my training time undoing all of the bad things that happened in the past.


Investigating the camera (she even left her mom to come say hi). So sweet!

Closeup of those markings I love


And here are some pictures of some of the other horses, since I would hate to see them go to waste. The owner has mentioned several other horses she'd like me to work with in the future, so you may be seeing more of these faces again. These are all raw, no editing done here!


And I had another lovely ride on miss Jazzy here. She has lots of energy and is a super smooth Missouri Fox Trotter. I had lots of fun running her on the open field, a foreign concept for me since when I go for trail rides at home it's never flat enough to go faster than a trot.


Only a few short weeks until I see Tessa!!!!! I get lots of pictures and videos of her from my trainer and the gal who's leasing her.
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Nice pictures, you certainly have a gift in relating to the horses if you were able to get so far with Rubina in such a short time. It will be interesting to see how it goes with Chiquita since she is a blank slate.
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It feels very Christmassy over here as the campus is decorated and we've already encountered a blizzard. We've got some lovely snowdrifts and everything is covered with a white blanket. Before I get into all the updates, I thought I'd post some of the beautiful views from the ranch.


This horse was taking a nap in the sun. That's Rubina behind her

And do all of you remember Jazzy? She's been my go-to ride while I'm waiting for the chiropractor to get out for Rubina. The winter storm we had last week delayed things since the roads made it hard to get anywhere. I also did the last bit of my massage therapy homework on her! It's so fun experimenting with dressage movements on these horses. It's natural for them to follow cues from the seat and collect themselves. I love it!!


And now, for what I'm most excited to share: I've had my first two sessions with Chiquita! Since she's still skittish around humans and doesn't take treats I've had to get creative with reinforcing her behaviors. Right now I'm using small handfuls of grain to pair with the clicker, but I'm working up to using scratches as a reinforcer. That will classically condition her to enjoy human contact too. I also have to keep our sessions short since she's just a baby so I train for a few minutes, do something else, come back for a few more minutes, etc.

In our first session, I had the other 3 foals stay with us since they're bolder. I'm using the noodle as a target and want Chiquita to see it as something fun to chase. She caught on to the idea after her siblings approached it a few times. She's actually very curious about it and was already following it around. I even got to scratch her shoulder and rump a few times (two itchy spots on a foal that she should start to appreciate).


Our second session we made a lot of progress! She seems to understand the idea of the target and clicker now. It's so weird working with a baby. She has no manners whatsoever since she hasn't been around people long enough to learn any. She's trying to understand if humans are for nipping and kicking like her siblings. I'm trying to guide her toward the correct behaviors while keeping myself safe. You can see how she's approaching me much more readily now. By the end of this session she was already walking toward me when I opened the gate. I'm so excited to keep working with her. She's so smart and it's amazing to get the opportunity to start shaping a horse so young. Since I'm planning on being here for the next 4 years, I should be able to lay a good foundation during the most crucial years of a horse's life.
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Chiquita is just so darn cute! I love foals. Have fun training her!!
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Love the video, what a blessing to be able to start with a foal and see her through for 4 years, I am sure she will turn out to be one special horse.
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The pictures and video are wonderful! Chiquita is precious and I'm sure all the work you do with her is going to help her develop into a very special, well-mannered and exquisite horse.
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Exciting things happening! First and foremost, I'm back in town and got to see my baby girl today!!!!! It felt like nothing had changed but it also took me a few moments to get used to Tess again. After all the tiny Paso Fino's I've been working with, Tessa actually seems huge. And she's not that big of a horse That's not the only thing! After riding gaited horses, her trot and canter were a bit of a rude awakening and required a lot more from me to keep my balance (I hopped on her for the first time in 4 months bareback...that's how I had my last ride with her too). I was, thankfully, able to stay on for her walk, trot, and canter. Though her canter was tricky since she spooked and kinda teetered into a gallop. Jumped into the deep-end after months off lol. It was so nice riding a horse trained in dressage and used to being ridden off the seat. The other horses I'm working with at college are awesome because they require more of me in that they've never been ridden from the seat and have imbalances and underdeveloped muscles. But Tessa's so sensitive and used to being ridden in a precise way, it demands correct riding from me in different ways. So both are good!

I'm going to try something new and post the links to my photos/videos of these events on my horse training instagram to save some time.

From today: Riding, Tessa's sweet nicker and classic goofy faces, and Sioux! Sioux girl remembered our fun liberty and came to a whistle. So sweet being with my two girls again.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B6Ojg5TnAYn/

Now I'll update on my two other projects. I've been making such good progress with Rubina and Chiquita so it was kind of hard leaving in the middle of it, but of course I'm over the moon to be back.

Chiquita:
I've worked with her for 4 sessions now and her transformation is astounding! The first day I worked with her she was skittish of humans, couldn't be touched, and she got aggressive. Now, I can get her to follow the target for most leading cues (forward, stop, turn) and I can *finally* pet her with her relaxed. I started by touching her with the target so 1) she'd get further desensitized to a scary object and 2) she could get used to being touched and if she did bite/kick like she had in the past, I would be safe. In the next session I switched over to using my hand and it went really well! She even runs up to greet me as soon as I step in her pen, leaving her food and buddies behind. It's so sweet when you earn a horse's trust.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5_VlLgHjUf/
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Next, Rubina! I was right that she needed a chiropractor! She was out at her poll, withers, back, and hips. No wonder she was getting so defensive about being touched. I was able to do a full-body massage on her, which should continue to help her get back in shape. She was also able to enjoy the massage; she even started wriggling her lips when I got to her hamstrings and adductors, previously a very sensitive area. What's happening right now is her back is upside down: Instead of her back curving up and her abdomen contracting, her back is contracted and her abdomen is over-extended. I was able to release some of her back, but she wouldn't let me near her sides or belly. I think she has ulcers, so she'll be treated for that while I'm gone. Then, hopefully I can massage out the other problem muscles and start working on in-hand and remedial exercises.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6MAbZHHh4i/
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