Monthly Archives: September 2013

Teaching Atticus to Bob for Apples

This has been an interesting experience. To begin, I filled the tub with water and let each of the horses have a go. Ollie is a champ at it. But both Buzz and Atticus needed help. They did not want … Continue reading

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Trailering Skills, Session #106, 9-18-13

Today’s plan was to do some trials of loading Atticus both with the boys in their stalls and with them in the paddock. I also wanted to do some paddock games, especially apple bobbing so that the chained effect of … Continue reading

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Today’s Trailer Session, #105, 9-17-13

Today at the trailer: Because yesterday was so good, I thought I’d start where I’d left off – hook up butt bar and close and latch back door for a second, then open everything again. Well, I was wrong about … Continue reading

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Trailer Session, #104, 9-16-13

This session went phenomenally well. I left the other boys in the paddock to work with Atticus. I thought that that would be a distraction, but it may have been a comfort instead. He loaded fairly readily and I was … Continue reading

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Atty Apple Bobbing, 9-12-13

Today’s strategies at getting the apple. Notice that he’s now diving all the way down to get it and he’s using the side of the tub to help him split the apple.

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Stable Games, 9-11-13

Atty and I played with “head up”, targeting the saddle pad, apple bobbing, and targeting the tree target. We started with putting the head-up exercise on cue. I dropped a treat in his feed pan to begin. Then, when he … Continue reading

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Stable Games, 9-10-13

Atty and I played with heads up, apples, targets, and saddle pads today. We started with the saddle pad and he chose to be at the hay box. He was willing to play a little, but I did notice that … Continue reading

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Stable Games, 9-9-13

Interesting day today. First I decided to worm my horses again. Buzz is the oldest and has more history of traditional training/handling and less history of CT. I targeted the wormer tube parallel to the side of his mouth or … Continue reading

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Paddock Games, 9-6-13

Update on Apple Bobbing, 9-6-13 Yesterday, I put enough water into the tub so that there was tow to three inches of water under the apple. Atty pushed it to the bottom and got it. But then while he tried … Continue reading

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Paddock Games, 9-4-13

Today, 9-4-13, I took Mr. Atticus out without halter and lead to the trailer, which was open and waiting for him. I just wanted to see how willing he was to load since his abscess is not fully healed, but … Continue reading

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