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 PREPARING TEMPESTAD
For Endurance or any Discipline

by

Eric Hought


 10/01/01

Tempestad ("Tempest") is the name of Gail’s three year old filly by Dr. Thunderbask. She is strong endurance wise, exerts very little effort and is highly trainable. Work doesn't bother her and she always has her ears forward, a good sign. She is going to make a good horse.

Each ride starts and ends the same. I saddle her for about an hour and a half before the ride. Here, she is learning to stand and not paw or fidgit. I am surprised she has taken so long but she seems to be getting the picture. She gets unsaddled at the end of the ride and tied for at least an hour. It's amazing what they learn and how it carries over into the ride. She will receive this throughout her 4 year old year. One thing to remember: don't tie her in or close to her own pen. Always tie her away so she doesn't get to think about being tied in her own pen.

Tying her at the end of the ride is more important than before the ride. Tying her at the beginning helps to take some of the freshness off of her. The value after the ride is that she doesn't get to look forward to being released into her own pen when she returns to the barn. Boring. Too bad. What does this eliminate? Easy, the dancing and pushing near the end of the ride.

It is very important to be consistent with this technique and any other habit you want to develop. The horse is a creature of habit and we allow habits knowingly and unknowingly to be developed by the horse, good or bad.  

10/03/01 - SELF-CONFIDENCE

10/03/01 - SELF-CONFIDENCE

10/4/01 - DOWNHILL

10/06/01 - ACTION/REACTION

10/14/01 - OPEN DOOR, CLOSED DOOR

10/16/01 - NO NEW STUFF

10/17/01 - KEEP THE FAITH

10/28/01 - IN & OUT of the ZONE

11/3/01 - MAKE THE CIRCLE

11/6/01 - ZONE? ME?

11/8/01 - BABBLE #1

11/10/01 - SHANK SNAFFLE

11/14/01 - TRIP.....

1/20/02 - KEEPIN' TRACK

1/28/02 - MATCHING

2/4/02 - PREPARING TO MOUNT

2/11/02 - FIRST TIME

2/18/02 - JUST WORK

3/4/02 - 90 DAYS

3/14/02-CHANGE OF PROGRAM

4/16/02-TWO GOLD STARS

4/19/02-YOU TRY IT

4/24/02-DISCOMFORT

4/29/02-PLENTY'S FIRST LD

5/1/02-HOW SIMPLE?

5/5/02-TEMPEST'S FIRST RIDE

5/31/02-SINGLE REIN, WHAT?

6/1/02-BAD HABITS

9/23/02-BRIDLING

9/30/02-RIDIN' NOT WRITIN'

1/04/03-READING

2/11/03-SUPPLING

2/21/03-MENTAL PREPARATION

11/15/04 -TEMPEST FALL 2004

Tempestad's Endurance Career

 

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