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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day #76-77

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Today I met Simon, Flash’s half brother. It made me realize what a big girl she is compared to him. I taped her in today at 12 hands.  Y’all, this pretty girl doesn’t turn one until April 17!!!!

I also had the opportunity to meet Flash’s Dam, Amen Texs Lady aka Sassy. Flash looks alot like Sassy, and has many of her same horse expressions! It was great to put  hands on the mother of my Flash. Sassy is even tempered, beautifully proportioned with a strong confirmation. Sassy is due in the Spring with a full sibling to my girl Flash. I am very excited to see what this girl turns out this season!

As I stood scratching Flash’s sweet spots today, I really said a thankful prayer to God. For the opportunity to know and work with such a great little filly. She has touched my heart and soul and I am so stoked for her future here on the HK!

Until next time!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day 68

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Flash was ready for breakfast this morning. She kept sticking her nose out as far towards me as she could. Her usually lady like attitude was a bit absent this morning. She kept imploring me with her little horse eyes Where is my grain lady? Don’t play coy with me, I saw you feed the other pasture of horses!

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She just kept getting closer and closer. I had to laugh at her antics. She ended up being fed last just to put her in her place. I think she was a bit annoyed with me, but all was forgiven when I served her breakfast. Happy little munching sounds came from her, and she even looked up at me and lazily nickered a thank you when I was leaving the barn.

Oh Spring where are you?

Until next time, I pray you have a belly full of breakfast, and someone to nicker you a thank you.

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Bullet and Blitz; First successful Dual Stay

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Blitz and Bullet both were eyeballing the same thing…..or should I say things? They were both struggling to be good dogs when I told them to stay! What were they looking at you ask?

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The seven Butcher roosters that were helping themselves to my grain bucket of horse feed. Silly buggers! But I was so proud of Bullet and Blitz, they wanted to eat them but heeded my warning to stay.  And the training continues!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day #43

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I forgot how hard raising babies can be. They are always getting themselves into trouble. This far Flash has scared me with a swollen leg, a cut by her eye….and now, a cut by her mouth. I wasn’t able to get a great look at it, but it doesn’t look too bad. Maybe a tad swollen. The only thing I am thankful for in this cold weather, it helps with the swelling and lessens infection. I will continue to watch it and see that it doesn’t get worse. Until then will put a call into the Doc for antibiotics.

Needless to say with the weather and the presence of a new injury we didn’t have a lesson. Just lots of love scratches and feed. I will probably be bringing Flash back into the barn so I can get a look at that cut and keep her monitored.

Until next time!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day #29-30

Can it already have been a month since our girl Flash came home to the HK Bar?!

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Why , yes, it has! The last two days we have been doing more of the same. Grooming, standing tied, pick up and pick out all four feet,and  lead training. We have incorporated something new into our days; walks around the farm.

She continues to stand stock still around the heavy equipment like skid loader, tractors, etc. She doesn’t try to bolt, she just stands with feet planted and stares . So I’ve been letting her stand and stare. I’m sure she will soon realize these are “normal” to see on the farm.; and that better yet they bring the big round bales of hay!

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This month I feel like we have mastered grooming and standing tied for periods of up to thirty minutes. We are in a good place with picking up feet, but have a ways to go until I can say we have it mastered. She still leans, sometimes pulls feet away, and is unsure about the hoof pick some days.

In the next thirty days I hope to master picking up feet, standing tied up to an hour, getting over our apathy of heavy equipment, and more on lead training!

Cheers to the next month and new goals!
Until next time!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day (s) #23-24

I haven’t been feeling 100% the past two days, so Flash and I had short sessions yesterday and today. Just the basics, feeding, grooming and love scratches. She has been in the little corral and barn due to Easter the miniature mare matriarch being too aggressive towards Flash.

Yesterday Easter kicked Flash and skinned her up on one leg pretty good. Not anything that will scar, but I’m not taking any chances. So later today I will pen Easter and turn Flash out to stretch her legs. Louise continues to be close to her, and has seemed to adopt her. They are a cute pair. This morning I caught them stealing hay.

Louise would grab a flake and drag it into the Stall for her and Flash to snack on. Thier antics did alot to cheer me up and take my mind off not feeling well. Just one of many thousands of reasons I love horses.

Until next time.

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"What!? No, we weren't stealing hay....." Louise and Flash