Lacy - 2007 Filly

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Lacy is a beautiful Paint x Saddlebred filly. She has really gotten the best of both breeds - the bulk of the Quarter Horse and the grace and movement of the Saddlebred!

Lacy has had very little handling and comes to us very "fresh". Because she has not learned to really bond with people we are giving her lot's of time to figure that out. She is handled briefly everday when she moves from paddock to pasture or to another paddock. She is too herd bound to be in the pasture with the others every day, but the exercise and learning from other horses is also valuable for her so she goes out there a couple of days per week.

Some days she comes in for a quick brushing where she learns to tie up, pick up her feet, stand still (well, she's still learning that one) and I find that she has a very solid mind. Although she is experiencing a lot of new things she is not skittish or silly and rarely even spooks.

I like to free lunge her in the arena some days as well, to improve her fitness level a bit before she begins work. Watching her move on her own that way is a real pleasure! She will look very sharp in a dressage ring.

Lacy is learning to watch me around the farm and look forward to me approaching her as she know that I am responsible for her day, as well as her food. As I move her around and spend small bits of time with her she is learning to be more connected with me and is finding out that it's fun to walk around the farm seeing new things and spending time together - while learning a few ground manners at the same time.

In February I will start teaching Lacy to lunge, to move away from pressure (which our daily handling includes to some extent) and to understand basic voice commands: Whoa! is a good one, also "walk" and "trot". We won't address canter for a long time yet as she is still a baby. These things take a while for me, as I am not a professional trainer. I like to take my time and I like to give the horse the time they need to process new information.

I have found that pushing ahead too quickly on training can sour a horse and they will go from "oh, boy, we get to work today" to "oh, NO, we have to work today" very easily. Once sour it's hard work to get them back to relaxed and having fun - wanting to work. Once the horse has learned one step well, that is when I look for the next step. I let them tell me when they are ready.

For Lacy, the next step will then be driving on long lines....look for blog posts on her progress in the Spring of 2010. In the meantime I will be adding more pics....she is so cute!

Well, here we are 2010 and work with Lacy has begun. She is so smart! We are still on ground work, Lacy is learning to pay attention, to lunge, to stand at the mounting block, to move away from pressure and to respond to voice commands. She is quite willing to learn and to try to do new things, however she does feel the need to try evasive tactics at times to see if maybe she can be "boss". She is definitely a bossy mare, like her Mom, so the challenge will be to stay consistent with her and not let her get away with anything! Stay tuned for more as she progresses...

Update: It's summer now and Lacy is doing wonderfully! We have started riding and she hasn't had a moments problem. Like her "sister" Iris Mae, no bucking....just fun! Stay tuned for new pics!

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Two Years Old
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Outstanding In Her Field
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She's On A Mission
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August 2010
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Lacy's First Ride
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And We Have Lift Off!
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Not Sure If I Like Working
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How Pretty Am I?
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August 10, 2010
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Lacy Poses!
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Here We Go!