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My second ride on Dalton since he has been in training!






Dalton is living 1.5 hours away.  He is in training with Gillian Larson, Thru-rider.

BUT FIRST, AGREAT OPPORTUNITY ALERT!

*If any of you are somewhat local and are horse camping or thru-riding enthusiasts, please attend her upcoming clinic!  Gillian has but lots of hours into creating a class on how to pack and horse camp successfully.  Gillian has over 10,000 miles on horseback!  She does the ‘trails’.  Ie:  Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail…   You can bring your horse or just yourself.  This girl has a world of information!  Her guides are really, really inexpensive and chock full of years of packing/camping trail riding information!

Click here to go to her website and get the information on her Guides and Clinics!

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IF YOU

IF YOU WOULD RATHER LEARN THROUGH WRITTEN GUIDES, THESE ARE REALLY INEXPENSIVE AND TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

BACK TO DALTON!

Today, we rode around where Gillian lives.  Although we trailered to the trail head, it was only about 5 mins away from her home.

Once again, I didn’t bring any pockets, so I had my camera in my bra.  Not the best idea.  And, I wasn’t able to take many good pics because of a bunch of reasons.  But anyway, here is what I have… a fun time with a couple of very good boys.

Dalton is looking fit but not too happy to go to work today…

He now loads very successfully… we need to train him to my trailer now.

Like I said, I didn’t take many good pics…

We made it to the top of the hill…

Very pretty homes around there…

At one point, we switched horses. I felt really lucky and honored to be riding one of Gillian’s uber trained trail horses that has gone on 10,000 miles of trails!

Dalton was upset over the upturned hay trough that wasn’t like that the last time he came through here…

He got over it.

Backing out like a good boy.

Dalton begging me to save him from the dreaded hose.


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Consistency. Slow and Steady wins the race.






Princess Buttercup Pebbles is a very timid, young, previously wild donkey.

I received her a few months ago, shortly after she was rescued from a kill pen in Texas.

Now that she has shed a bit, I have discovered that she is a BLM donkey.  Hmmmm.  She appears to be about 2-3 years old.  So I expect she was adopted from a BLM holding facility, kept for a year, not handled, and sent to the kill pen after they received their $1000 from the BLM.

She is very sweet… and loves treats… but she is not very trusting.

This girl has not had any handling.  In fact, she was rescued from the killpen with a too small for her halter on her head with a dangling 2′ lead rope attached.  Clearly, they put that on once and used the catch rope to grab her if they needed her.

Yup.  She didn’t learn much… and what she did learn was not good.

She used to hide behind Ethel Merdonk a lot. (Ethel is in front here)

But now she will come right up to me and ask for a treat.

So, we started over when she came here.

I’d sit in the pen with her and Ethel Merdonk.  Princess Buttercup Pebbles learned to take cookies and she loved to have her face rubbed.

At this point, I can put a halter on her (sometimes) and I can rub her face and neck.  That’s it.

BUT, what I did learn is that when I went on vacation (10 days) – Princess Buttercup Pebbles has regressed – a lot.  This is frustrating for me, but I just have to go with it because there is no rushing the process.

Now that we were gone for 10 days, she has reverted a bit. Here you can see that she is tentative to come as close as previously. She’s rather stretch her neck to take her treat, instead of coming straight up to me.

I’m eager to get her gentled because I want to do her feet and I also would like to be able to read her brand.  Presently, her hair is too thick.  I need to shave her neck or get a really good photo, which is impossible because she is scared of the phone unless it is in front of her.  And, I cannot stand next to her – yet.  She wants me in front of her.

The first mark is clearly the “U” for USA.  The next mark, which should be the two number of the year of her birth.  It is either a ‘9 (which makes no sense because it should be ’09 or “19) or it is a ’38 – which also makes no sense.  I have no idea…

In any event, PBP is a very smart, young girl, and I need to be consistent and steady.  That will win this race.

As her hair is shedding, I see that she has a BLM brand! I cannot read it, yet. Too much hair still. From what I think I see, it is a very confusing brand because it looks like she was born in ‘9 – which doesn’t exist (it should be ’09 or ’19). So, I need to get clippers in there – or at least feel it, which I cannot do just yet.


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