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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Goals For Horses This Year

I was reading Shirleys blog a while ago and she had made a list of all the different things she wanted to get accomplished with her horses this year.  I do this every year, so I thought I would share it here as well.  It will be quite a long list as I have 10 horses to go through.  Last week I had 11, but the people who came to see Gypsy decided to buy her, and it sounds like it will be a perfect fit.  They are coming on Wednesday  to pick her up.
Well first off my Bailey girl.  This year I want to ride more cows with her, maybe rope something, work on getting her softer in the bridle, and maybe move her up to a curb bit.  I think she's ready for it, I'm not sure I am ready to give up control.  I also want to get her to open gates calmly.  She gets pretty worried when that gate is coming at her, and she likes ignoring my left leg, so that will take some work.

Then onto Belle.  I was planning on breeding her to Jardi's stallion Tangle this summer, but am not so sure now.  I would like a foal from them, but not sure if now is the best time for it.  Of course that would mean another 3 years before I ride it, so maybe that would be a good plan.

Then Dinero.  I want to get him more broke, maybe go to a paint horse show later in the summer/fall.  I also want to ride him through our cows and see how he takes that.  I am pretty sure he would make a good rope horse, but I am not a roper so we will have to see.  Or a kids horse, but of course that will be in a few years when he is more broke.  I was planning on taking him to the APHA World show next November and maybe selling him down there, but now that I have been cutting, it seems all I want to do is cut and I don't think he will make a cutter.

Disco.  She is gonna foal here end of May sometime and all I want to do with her is ride her in the fall.  See how she is, supposedly was ready to show cutting.  Means I may have 3 cutting horses!  That would be fun.  And would be nice to have something to learn of off.

Fly.  He is gonna go to his new home this spring, but before then I would like him to be halter broke and know how to load.  If we ever get nice weather that might happen.

George.  Not technically my horse, but Neil's.  I probly won't do much with him and he will get used for moving cows and stuff.

Jamaica.  He is staying here for a while I think.  I really like him but may list him for sale along with Jazz.  If he doesn't sell I am okay with that too. He will learn to lead, pick up his feet for a trimming and load in the trailer and get castrated.  Then turned out for summer and maybe work more with him in the fall.

Jazz.  She may get listed for sale as well,  she is not my favorite foal even though I am sure since I like Razz so much I would like her as well.  I think I am biased though I try not to be.  She is a registered paint, but looks like a quarter horse.  I always figure if you are gonna have a color breed they should be colored.  She needs to learn to lead, pick up feet for a trimming, and load in a trailer.

Kali.  She will get more training in by Jardi for a few more months, as soon as it gets warm out I will take her for trail rides about twice a week.  I may give her a month or two off in July/August and the go back in training with the intention of showing her in ranch cutting in the winter series.

And Razz.  Not last in favorites, just alphabetically.  I plan on getting her quicker responses from the leg and more cow work.  I want to show her in some shows this summer, not sure if we are ready for cutting yet although I had been told the Central Alberta Cutting Assosiation is a great place to start and there would only be about 4 in the classes.  Charlene wants to go to some gymkanas and so I may take Razz to those as well.


Shirley said...

That's a good list of goals, they all seem achievable. Looks like you'll be spending a lot of time in the saddle this year!

Linda said...

My goal right now is to kick winter out the door......then maybe I'll figure something out.

fernvalley01 said...

You are going to be busy ! but that sounds like a great way to be busy

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

You do have a lot of nice looking horses. And it sounds like they are a lot of work too.

lisa said...

I have to say that I am glad that I only have two at this point! You sure are going to be busy!

Rising Rainbow said...

I wouldn't even want to make a list like that with all of mine. Guess I have in my head but writing it down, talk about overload.

You have your handsful with that list. The part that hit me most was about selling some. I could do that. LOL

Country Gal said...

WOW ! I would love to have all of them. I miss having horses, its been about 25 years for me.
Sounds like you have your list in check, good for you. Have a great day !

gowestferalwoman said...

I would need a chart system hanging up on the back of the pantry door with a checkoff list - you are gonna have a busy year!!