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New From The Queen; Jo’s Training Journey 6 weeks at Double J Performance Horses

Queen Jo is six weeks in to her training on the barrel pattern at Double J Performance Horses in Eskridge, Kansas. She is coming along very nicely under the very capable direction of Jana Dreasher. Her attached video is courtesy of Double J Performance Horses.

I have to say the more progress I see from Jo, the more I am validated in having made the decision to send her for training. I was doing her no service by letting her get out of shape and not pushing both of us harder. Seeing her thrive at the Double J has been a wake up call no doubt for me. That this sport is physically and mentally demanding. Neither of which was I adequately supporting in Queen Jo. It’s difficult to for me to admit to myself that I have short changed Jo, as well as myself, as much as I have. It’s never easy to see your own failings and shortcomings in the daylight. But I am so glad that I have! It means I can now see the distance of where we can be with time and hard work.  I now have a training plan in place for when The Queen returns to the HK Bar. There will be no excuses not to have excersized, not to have poured in the blood, the sweat, and the tears. It’s go time!

I have to give credit where credit is due. Dreashers from the Double J have been outstanding to work with. They are helping the Queen to be a well balanced, healthy horse, as well as giving me insight and tools to carve out a bright future for us both as a team.

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Making Strides!

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Sweet girl Flash and I had a great work session today. I should actually call it a play session, because that is exactly what it was. Flash and I went for a walk in the back pasture. She was easy to catch and came right to me. She has got the gate mastered! She stands quietly and lets me move her around appropriately to get through the gate. We walked to the barrel pattern I have set up and I kicked on the barrels and rolled them around while she walked behind me. She was interested in them, but no real fear. Then we walked down the lane…. Until we got to the puddles…. Then she got a step away from them and stopped. She didn’t like the idea of going through them. And that’s OK with me. We stood a step away from them and I gave her love scratches for a few minutes. Then I stomped my boot in the puddle so she could see a little more about this piddle business. She was curious and watched me intently.  …..but there was no wanting to go in them. Yet! I’ll give her time and be patient. There is so much she hasn’t seen or done yet, I can’t expect it all at once. I was pleased with how she was through the gate and on the lead. We also tried something new…..she trotted with me while I jogged a ways! I was so proud of her. She wants to please so badly, and is bright at my shoulder. We finished with love scratches and a handful of oats.

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Jo also got her grooming and work out this afternoon. We did twenty minutes of lunging and about an hour’s worth of grooming. This girl needs a bath! I am looking forward to warmer weather when I can scrub the winter off of her. I assure you it will take more than one bath to get her clean. Aside from the dirt, she had a great lunge workout. She even got a little feisty today and gave a few bucks. Then when I asked her to canter she decided to have an all out run. She was feeling good, and I could tell she was happy to be stretching her legs. We even got a little sweaty today!

So wahoo for great workouts and lessons. Today was perfect. Could not have asked for better!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day #85

Someone has a birthday anniversary today! Flash is ten months old today. Just like my human babies, I am asking myself where time has gone!

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She is growing into such a nice young filly. Right now she tolerates grooming all over, standing g tied for short periods of time, picks up her feet well (doesn’t always let you have them long), leads forward, backward, and will turn.  The noise of Boo, Owl, and Bunny doesn’t bother her, or the sound of a tractor or truck firing up.  She has gained so much knowledge just in the short time she has been on the HK Bar. But then again, she came with alot of social skills.

Her very first show is on May 29th. She will show in two or three halter classes. So between now and then we need to work on firming up our trailering skills, wearing a shoe halter, and bathing and clipping. Eeeek!