Archives for Dori’s Training

Building my Confidence on a New Horse

One of my biggest challenges of 2017 has been building the relationship in the saddle with a new horse. Dori is not necessarily new as I have had her since she was 2, but she has been on the back-burner as I have built my small career on my gelding and trying to build my business. I have struggled with admitting to myself that I am afraid to ride her. I don’t have a fear of any other horse that I have swung a leg over in the last 5 years but I am terrified to swing a leg over
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TS Jay Twister AKA Dori

So I have been putting this off for a few days, but I wasn't sure I wanted to share it with the world. I shared the store with in a secret Facebook group, so I decided to share with all of you also. You all know about Dori, my 6 yr old Jackie Bee bred mare.
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Saddle Shopping

I have the opportunity to purchase a new barrel saddle. There are so many options out there and I am pretty sure way more option than when I purchased my current Billy Cook Barrel Saddle 10 years ago from Boot Barn. I purchased this saddle that long ago without really knowing much about saddle fit other than my butt needed to fit in it and it shouldn’t roll on my horse. Other than that I wasn’t educated enough about gullet size and bars :: semi QH vs Full QH, etc. I was looking for a saddle that was functional, fit
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Trailer Loading 101

Today Dori went for a trailer ride for the only second time since I bought her. The first time she got in the trailer pretty good, but getting out of the trailer was a challenge. Today, she was loaded into the trailer so that I could haul her to a friend's arena to ride and get back to business.
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Tying A Horse’s Head to the Side

Today was the first day Dori has been back to work in over a month for various reasons, but mostly my procrastination. The last time I worked and rode her, we hit a (metaphorical) brick wall and she fell with me. So I have spent the last month or so focusing on my good horse, finishing out the race season and trying to dig deep into my training toolbox to figure out how to fix and get over our brick wall.
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Dori

I purchased Dori as a two year old in 2012 with the intentions of riding, training and hauling her in 2013. Due to unforeseen circumstances including injury, she sat most of 2013 with a little riding and not much hauling. At the start of 2014, I was going to buckle down and start riding her again so that I could haul her through the summer and then futurity her this winter, but again she has ended up on the back burner.
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