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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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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Days 64-66

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Got back to work with Flash today. The winter has given a lovely warm(ish) day here on the HK Bar. About 55°F!

Flash got a full groom and feet picked. We practiced standing tied and also did lead training. She was very willing and quiet.

She also had one of her firsts today , her first gala apple! She was so funny. At first she just sniffed it until I rubbed it in her lips a bit, then she so gingerly took small bites out of it.

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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 #21

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Dear Little People, It seems you have forgotten my bucket of grain. Love, Flash

This morning is a cold one at 29°F when we chored. Flash had a big day today! She was turned out into one of the “big little” pastures with the six miniature horses. She is still able to come into the barn though. This pasture is about five acres and has one pond in it. It was really great to see her get out and run. (And a little terrifying for me.)

She got all six minis stirred up good and they all ran back and forth back and forth. It was quite comical. I was a bit nervous though.  I felt like I had sent my baby out into the big world for the first time! Thus no pictures because I was watching every move.

After she stretched her legs I called her back  into the barn for her breakfast.

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Flash waiting for breakfast ( and our rooster Charlie Chuckers photo bombing)

She stood quietly munching while I curried her out and gave her love scratches all over. No other training today. I think discovering the big pasture and adapting to life with the six mini herd will be enough school for her today.

Until next time!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day #16

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Dear Mom, Its way to early for the Flash! Love, Flash

I started chores and work at the butt crack of dawn this morning due to the ice storm. We are getting hit pretty hard. Flash is happy to be in the barn warm and dry with her buddy Louise.

We started with grooming, rubber curry, metal curry, soft brush, and finally the mane and tail brush. She stood fairly quietly. We picked all four feet. She still hates this and has begun pulling away when I get to get feet. In response to this I’m going to back off a little and go back to just picking up her feet and running my hand up and down her legs for a few days.

We did a little bit of lead training just in the barn in a small area. We practiced walk….stop…..back up. Flash did great and never had a faltering moment. I love this girl!

I also left her standing tied while I went out to feed the big horses. She stood like a champ for the fifteen minutes it took to feed the minis and three big horses. Not much bothers this girl!

Then I untied her and took her halter off and gave her love scratches all over. She has made a habit of putting her head against my chest while I pet her ears. This girl is not shy about me touching anywhere on her head. This will make future training so much easier as long as I continue this way, reinforcing her early training.

I want her to be completely comfortable with me, and I with her. These short interactions with Flash have really made a bond between us. With any new horse the first interactions are much like when you start dating someone new. You learn what each other is about.

Today was a short but great day. Time elapsed including breakfast, grooming, lead training, standing tied, and love scratches was 55 minutes.

Until our next adventure!