Ides Pride aka "Seary"
October 1, 2007
I wanted to give you and update on Seary's progress. She is doing
great, she has been in professional training for almost 60 days
now. She can walk, trot & canter both directions quietly.
I think that whoa is her favorite word, because she would prefer
to walk and doesn't see the sense in going any faster. We have
done a lot of circle work to get her balanced and to teach her
to bend. It was a tough first 30 days as she did not want to
bend to the left. Her only protest was popping her head up to
avoid using her body.
She has never attempted anything naughty under saddle, she is so
sweet. She stands quietly to be mounted and remains still until
I ask her to go. We are working on her leads right now as she is
having a hard time with the left lead. She has shown that with
practice she can do anything. I also read your training
notes on worming and she has finally started to pick up weight. You can
just barely see her ribs at this point. My trainer also suggested
a rice bran that has also helped out tremendously. Her feet are
being done again next week and they are looking more and more like
horse feet every time! I am working on getting you a video and
more photos to post.
I couldn't be happier and I am so excited. I plan
on keeping her in training thru the winter and possible taking
her to a few events in the spring. We will probably start her over
fences in a month or two, but that is really up to her and what
she is ready for. I am taking my time with her because I really
am about the end result and to me that is a well rounded horse!
I am planning on taking her out on a few trail rides this week
as Bow hunting season starts this weekend so it becomes to dangerous
to trail ride up here at that time of year.
I hope all is well with you and the farm and I look forward to
future training notes!
Kacy & Seary
Elizabeth's Training Note:
Getting the horse to bend to the right is very common problem.
Right or left, the method to correct this problem is the same.
You cannot pull the horse around with the inside rein or they
will drop their shoulder and fall inward - or make a 180 turn.
You must instead PUSH the horse, with your inside leg, into the
outside supporting rein. Open and raise the inside rein. A
short crop tapped on the inside shoulder helps to push the horse
upright and into the outside rein and not allow the horse to drop
the shoulder and collapse to the inside. Better explanations may
be found in many dressage books.
August 10, 2007
Ides Pride at the GMHA horse show.
July 12, 2007
Hope all is well with you.
So today we had our first bending lesson. I was
very impressed with her willingness. Not only does she love to
work but she wants to please. We walked over ground polls and between
cones. She is pretty much unflappable so far. My last OTTB was
more resistant to the long and low thing. Seary seems to prefer
it and naturally knows how.
When I was teaching her to lounge I was
once again surprised that she preferred going to the right... my
past experience was the opposite.
She is not very fond of mane pulling or banding for that matter.
I am trying to train her mane to be on the right side and she really
does not enjoy the process. We have also been working with clippers
about every other day. She has no issues with her legs or her bridle
path.. just the ears and nose. I am sure she will eventually trust
me enough to allow me to do it.. until then we do a little at a
So that's our update for now. We have another 2-3 weeks before
my trainer is fully recovered from having her first child...then
its off to boot camp!!
Kacy & Seary
June 29, 2007
MY trainer is very impressed and thinks that she will be a great
re-school! Although I must tell you the majority of my barn is
Quarter horse people... so they all picked on me last night and
couldn't believe I haven't learned my lesson.
I guess for me its about giving something back to an animal that
for my entire life has given me so much.... joy, pain, confidence
June 28, 2007
She arrived on our farm today in good shape. She came of the trailer
with no issues and did the normal where am I!! She is very nice
definitely in heat but for the most part she is sweet. I am sure
she will settle more as time goes on. I was a bit surprised to
find that she wasn't as big as I thought. I think she is just
shy of 16 hands, beautiful all the same! I will keep you posted
as we go along and as she settles into her new routine!
again for all of your help, I am so excited for the future
Kacy & Seary
to Kacy LaBerge of Georgia, Vermont
Ides Pride was a Prospect
Horse For Sale in June 2007. Click here to
see her Prospect Horse For Sale photos.