This blog is about the gentling of wild Mustangs and their stages of training.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Trail horse STAR!!!

His first day practicing in-hand trail and Santana was a star!

Santana will get to see the Chiropractor tomorrow. We are anxious to see what he has to say.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas at the beach

The horses are wet because we just got done wading through small lakes. Santana just follows along behind Dino he would make a great pack horse!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week 2

Today we had our Christmas party at DD Mustangs with Pacific Wild horse Club members. A few of us brought our EMM horses and others brought their horses to play with. Lisa rode Santana with me leading her and I rode him with Lisa leading me. It was a great day!

Santana is telling Kevin a secret!

He is having some problems with bending and is stiff in a lot of areas so he got a visit from a horse physical therapist named Julia. He really enjoyed the stretching and it made him feel better. She said he had a shoulder injury at one time and this may be the cause of his discomfort. She said he needs to be adjusted by a chiropractor so we will be making him an appointment for that. He was such a good boy for her. He stood completely still for her except when it hurt.

Julia with Santana

Our friend who is also in the EMM, Dawn Martin, worked with Santana and Kevin worked with her horse Doug.

Dawn and Doug, Kevin and Santana

Kevin and Doug

Dawn and Santana

Alisha with her newly adopted mustang Pumpkin. She got her as a Christmas present today. Pumpkin was in the Trainer Incentive Program with Dawn.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santana takes the girls to the fairgrounds!

I took my daughter and granddaughter with me to the fairgrounds with Santana and Dino. Santana was just having a relaxing day and gettng accustomed to new things. He walked into a dark barn through a mud puddle and went in a stall. He had a nice roll in the fresh dirt and then just hung out. Ellie had a great time playing with Dino. She wore him out dragging him around the arena. For those of you who don't know, Dino is a 14 Kiger Stallion.

Day 8

We took Santana to our friend Debbies arena again yesterday. We did some drivng with him. He didn't like this at all. He didn't like the ropes around his back end and he didn't like me behind him. Lisa had to lead him so he wouldn't spin around. We did this for about 15 minutes. He then got a bath with aloe iodine wash. He has a skin fungus. It was about 30 degrees out so he just got a sponge bath with a bucket of hot water. He enjoyed his first bath and then got a blanket on.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santana goes to the beach!

I took Santana to the beach with Dino, buy myself. Do I need to say more?

He is following me, towing Dino!!!!

It was a beautiful day, 45 degrees and the ocean was very calm!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 5

I took Santana to our friend Debbies arena yesterday. I loaded him into the trailer with Dino. I tied to the trailer when we got there, and he just stood there. I saddled him and he walked right into the arena. Our friend Kim was there to help me. I ponied him behind Dino and then She did the same. I got on him and he didn't do much. Kim tried poning him behind Dino with me on him, but all he wanted to do is jump in Kim's lap, so we decided to bag that idea. So I got off and had Kim get on him and I led her around the arena. He was fine with that, he really likes girls! He was such a good boy! Oh yay, he was glad to see his friend Barney the Burro!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Santana is coming along so nicely! He started eating grain on the second day and will do just about anything for a taste. He tends to have a attitude sometimes. He will put his ears back when he's tired of something, but never acts on it! I did sit on him several times today, but Lisa somehow didn't get a video of it. He doesn't care much if I get on him. He loaded in the trailer several times and led outside his pen. Every day he is a changed horse. He really needs a bath, he has some rain rot. Too bad it's so darn cold out, and Lisa won't let me bring him in the house for a shower! He is going to be a neat horse. He won't be anything like Princess. He is more business, she was more about being a PRINCESS. He has a williness to do things and takes it in stride and looks for what is next. He reminds me of a ropers horse!

Day 3

Can you tell were this picture was taken from?

Santana ties!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 2

His name is Santana! He is a very good boy. I worked with him for about 45 minutes, then went and got Dino. I put Dino in his pen and then put the saddle on Dino. This didn't even phase him. Then I got on Dino and ponied him around his pen. Everything I did to him he took right in stride. I then saddled him and he didn't even care. He doesn't spook at things that other wild horses would. It is Kind of amazing to us. I led him out side of his pen and over to the horse trailer. I loaded Dino, but he wasn't interested in loading and I didn't want to push it. What you see in the video is just him. Calm, cool and collected.

Stay tuned......

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 1

We got home at 8 p.m. last night. Got my horse settled in and went in his pen to see how he would react. He is very calm and let me walk up to his face within 5 minutes. I was petting him down to his withers within the half hour. I left him alone for the night, and went out this morning to find out he has an infection is his shealth from being gelded. So he got his shot of penicilan this morning and he took it like a champ. I will be keeping a close eye on him and giving him some exercise.
He is a 5 year old and is from Hogs Creek HMA near Harper Oregon. He is 15hh.

Friday, December 4, 2009

He's here!

That's him on the left!
We picked up my mustang today for the EMM competition. He is a very nice looking sorrell. He was very calm in the shoots when he was getting his halter put on. In fact he even stuck his nose into the halter when the wrangler put it up to him. He rode home with a burro we picked up for a friend. It was nice that he had company for the 5 hour trip home.

In the loading shoots