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Date Posted: 15:12:22 10/14/10 Thu
Author: Eros719
Subject: Thanks for all the advice
In reply to: Amerins 's message, "Keuring" on 20:05:34 10/13/10 Wed

Amerins,

Thank you so much for all the great hints tips and tricks....The good thing is, I have almost a year to get ready and lots of kinks to work out with her. I am not sure what is going on right now, but about a week ago I cleaned her teets with Ivory soap, supposedly the most gentle soap out there, but guess what...her skin is peeling and even though the gunk came off, so did the skin. It is slightly red, even on the inside of her upper thigh, and I am keeping a eye on that right now. I know she's got sensitive skin and all, but OMG I didn't think she'd be THAT sensitive. I didn't put any ointments or lotions on it, and see what Mother nature will do to heal her for the next few days. It is not bothering her while walking, but the farrier came today to trim, and she wanted no part of picking up the hind leg, which usually is no problem...so it is a bit outchy, and I understand the skin pulling and so forth...so that is what I am dealing with right now. If it does not get better, I will use some desitin or other diaper rash ointment, which should help. Let's see, what else is going on...she is going great with round penning, and change of direction...I also noticed that she is more voice activated than any horse I ever worked with...too funny...when she's roundpenning, and she's in a trot, I make a clicking noise when she slows down a bit, and when she hears that, her rear goes down and her speed picks up...really interesting to experience .... other than that, everything is going fine and we are already working on the whoa, and back, and all other essential ground rules, sort of speak....every day a little bit, and never making it so she can anticipate my next move...you know how horses like to do that...beat you to the punch...lol...I will keep you updated on the rash and anything else, and thanks again for the advice....



>Congrats on your Friesian, glad you are enjoying her!
>
>When we train them for the Keuring, we like to stop
>riding them for a while and just work in hand. I
>usually start about 3 months in advance, some horses
>need more time, it doesn't hurt to start sooner.
>I lunge them in side reins that are not to short, you
>want to keep the nose on or slightly in front of the
>vertical. ( I don't use actual reins, I use a piece of
>nylon rope that I run from the sides of the surcingle,
>through the bit, then through the ring between the
>front legs, through the other bitring, and then to the
>surcingle on that side. That way they can bring their
>head up or down, but they can't make themselves long
>and flat.)
>Anyways, I lunge them in a lower position to start
>off, after a couple of weeks, as they grow stronger, I
>gradually start attaching the side reins a bit higher.
>I want the neck to come up out of the withers and
>arch, without the horse dropping it's back.
>I also use the longlines, and lunge them with those in
>the arena, working on transitions within the trot. I
>will collect them a bit on a smaller volte in a
>corner, en as soon as they are in balance and soft, I
>let them go straight onto the long side and extend the
>trot. As soon as the trot starts to fall apart, I get
>back on my circle and re-balance the horse. This
>teaches them to balance on their hindquarters, and
>they will start to take more weight behind, meaning
>the frontlegs will be able to move out further.
>In the last 6 to 8 weeks I also start using weighted
>boots, to strenghten the hindquarters. Be careful not
>to use these on an unconditioned horse though, and
>never use them for long periods of time. It is like
>weightlifting for the horse. Don't use very heavy ones
>either.
>As far as my training schedule, I train them in the
>trot every other day, switching between longlining
>(developing thrusting power) and lunging (developing
>muscle tone). The other days, they go on the hotwalker
>to train the walk.
>If possible, it is probably a good idea to practise
>standing her up a couple of times, and teach her to
>stand still. Also, if you can practise the actual
>running with the person that will be showing her, that
>will help. If not, run her a couple of times yourself,
>so you (and her) know what to expect, and you can tell
>the runner.
>
>The other important things, are that ours are not
>turned out. They are rinsed off every day after
>working to keep them as black as possible. I braid the
>mane as well.
>The feeding is very important too. You want them lean
>but muscled up, absolutely not fat!!
>Feed a higher energy feed and less hay close before
>the keuring, keep bloating to a minimum.
>
>That's about all I can tell you, it's just how we do
>it but it seems to work. Hope it helps you :)

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  • Great Kuering info -- Brandie, 17:18:56 03/09/11 Wed

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