Human setbacks

February 18th, 2008 by Hikage

Saturday, February 9th, 2008 was the last day since I’ve seen Eddie or Boo. I was able to give Eddie a very good workout, and he was rewarded by being allowed to roll in some cool, wet sand!

Later that afternoon, a teenager wasn’t paying attention and rear-ended my dad and me. We were driving home from Lowe’s in my truck. The body shop has estimated the repairs at 10k. Dad and I went to the ER to get checked out, which I think was a mistake for me…because I must have caught the flu while there.

So I have been recovering from the coughing and hacking. Eddie, I’m sure, is enjoying his time off.

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A new first

January 25th, 2008 by Hikage

Today was a good day working Eddie. He’s getting a bit more “mouthy” when I groom him, but we believe it is because the other gelding that goes out with him has taught him to nip and bite. Despite the attempts at nipping, he did fairly well for his 15 minutes of currying.

When I lunged him today in the round pen, I used a lunge line on him. Today was the first day in a very long time where I’ve used a lunge line on him. It helped a great deal in my ability to communicate to him what I was wanting him to do. Additionally he also was much more consistent in his pace. We also took a pommel bag and added 4 lbs of weights to it (2 lbs on each side) and placed it over the horn of the saddle. This was to get him used to a little more weight on his back while he’s working. He bucked it off twice, but eventually got used to it flopping around up there. Over time, he smoothed out his  strides and I think he found out that the smoother he trotted or loped, the less the bags bounced on his back. He’s a smart horse!

After the lunging, dad came in and held the line while I mounted him. This is the first day I’ve ever sat on his back! And guess what… he didn’t mind!! He was too busy looking at the donkey next door that was braying, then over at the mare in the pen next to where we were working. I finally told dad to lead him/let him walk over to the edge of the round pen where he could look at the mare better. He walked over there fine! Like he didn’t even remember that I was on his back! Yes, I know in a way its bad that he wasn’t paying attention to me, but the fact that he didn’t mind me sitting there on his back … (all 180 lbs of me)… was amazing! I’m so proud of him. At this rate he should be MORE than ready to go to the trainer in the fall. I’m so excited!

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Progess

January 5th, 2008 by Hikage

I did some lunging work with Eddie. For the exercise, he had on a 13-14″ western saddle and his bridle. After a good bit of lunging, I got him to come to me and stand. Then I had him stand while I leaned on the saddle and placed more weight into it. We finished with me being able to put a foot into the stirrup and pull up, leaning across the saddle. He stood still for this whole process (minus shifting for adjusting to the weight changes). On top of all of this, I did not have a lead on him. So he stood on his own accord. I’m very pleased with this progress.

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Wolf Teeth

December 17th, 2007 by Hikage

On Friday, December 14, 2007, Eddie had minor surgery to remove two rather large wolf teeth. Unfortunately one of the teeth shattered, but the second remained mostly intact. I was able to photograph it along side some coins for “size” relation.

They had to call the vet out in order to sedate him enough to pull the teeth. While he was sedated, the vet was able to check him out really good. To our dismay, there is still no signs of him finishing maturing. The vet said, in the spring, when mares are really in heat… to take him around them and see if that “helps”. So we have to wait another 2-3 months at least for that.

My parents and I are wondering if he was born a eunich!

Anyways, the pictures of his tooth are available in the side bar (or at my Flickr account.) They are taged “Eddie” “horse” and “yearling”.  Ciao!

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Watch out for falling rocks

October 13th, 2007 by Hikage

Today we clipped Eddie, and he was such a good boy about it too! He was resting his head on dad’s chest while dad was holding him for me. Other than trying to eat the clippers that were tickling his lip, he did extremely well. On the way to take him back to his though we had a small mishap. The entrance to Eddie’s pin is at the bottom of a slope. Dad went ahead of me to unlock the gate while I led Eddie down the slope. Suddenly the rocks slipped out from under my left foot and I fell. I managed to catch myself on my left hand and supported my weight on my right leg. Apparently mid-fall I threw my right arm back to signal Eddie to stop, or he pulled back at that time… or both (we aren’t quite sure it happened so fast). However, when I fell, he immediately locked his legs and stood still. He didn’t move till I was standing again (at which point he reached over and grabbed a branch to get some leaves). I was extremely proud of him for standing still. Some horses I know would take the advantage and walk all over you!

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Welcome to Eddie's home on the World Wide Web. This site's purpose is to document his growth and training, and (if he's lucky) could someday document his decendants.