Well it’s official, on April 24th, 2018 the USU bidding closed at 8 pm. Reagan sold for $8,600 and collectively we earned around $118,000 that will go back into our program! Our top yearling was a stud colt by HF Mobster who sold for $11,500!
This class was such an amazing opportunity for me. I loved working with Reagan and seeing how far she has come from day one until now. While our protocol is mainly conditioning on the Hot walker she was able to pick up round penning quickly and seems to enjoy it.
During this semester I was able to learn the ins and outs of selling at a barn. This included different ways of advertising, what to say, getting the horses photo ready, getting them show ready, and so much more. This was my first time being apart of a horse sale and it was really interesting. My wish for the person who bought Reagan would be to enjoy her weird personality and give her the chance to reach her potential.
I will miss her like crazy and it will be sad to walk into the barn and see a empty stalll. But thank you Reagan for everything you have taught me this past year.
Until next time!
This was taken on our last day together.
Currently Reagan is 13 months old, weighs 651 lbs, and is 13 hands tall. She is more white than red but has been growing into herself quite nicely. Above are photos that I captured of her recently to show you guys her personality. When these photos were taken she was playing with a big piece of shavings and squeaking it across the floor mat until I caught her and she looked up at me like "oh...I wasn't doing anything". She is funny and weird about certain things. For example when walking through a double doorway, if only one door is open she won’t go through. When we were passing a worker’s tractor today she was more concerned about the tracks and the smell of them than the actual vehicle. She also really enjoys her pole and shoulder bone scratched.
In class we have been guessing who will be sold for the most and just commenting on the progress of each of the yearlings. While Reagan looks good she isn’t as toned muscle wise like the other horses. Personally I think her neck is kind of long for my taste. But I’ll update more as we get closer to the sale. Right now I don’t think it’s hit me yet that she’ll be leaving but I hope that whoever buys her will train her and show her because she has good breeding lines. Until next time!
Its been several weeks since the last time I have posted about her. Reagan is now 8 months old and weighed 492 lbs on October 16, 2017. We also have been able to obtain a height stick and she’s been at 12.1 hands.
The more time I have had with Reagan, the more I can see her personality. She is smart, gentle, bratty, sweet, and so much more. When put with others she always tries to be social. She loves going up to other horses and saying hello. We've now come to a better understanding of respect between the two of us so it doesn't feel like she's trying to run me over and I am not always nagging at her. I've been told she can be a little snot when it comes to feeding time though. She also tolerates me when I'm doing things around her. When brushing her mane and tail, she puts her ears back but doesn't fuss more than that. Even though we have not been working on desensitizing in a while, I can pick up where I left off and she still does well.
We have changed her workout routine so she gets out of the stall 5 days a week. When we did this, we noticed a decrease in her weight. She had lost a total of 10 lbs in 1 week. After, as a class we calculated the average amount of feed the weanlings should be getting and since increased the feed to that amount.
Recently we’ve noticed that the weanlings have been dragging their feet to and from workouts. Collectively, we brought it to the attention of our teacher. We suggested to have a day just to let them run and play and be babies. Finally he agreed so every other day we switch off between different groups of which babies get to play and which ones get to work.
For us it is fun to watch them play. They will run as a group make a hard stop and run to the other corner. We’ve also enjoyed that since we’ve worked with them enough, that after playing they still listen to us and lead nicely when getting put back.
Reagan has made huge progress when leading. She doesn’t try to run circles around me or try to take off. She’s quiet and walks nicely beside me. She’s also been really nice to catch. As soon as I open the stall door she’s waiting right there and doesn’t move until I ask her to come out of the stall.
Until next time!
This week was the first full week of working with the weanlings. Since they were born at the university they've had some human contact since birth. Within a week we've been working on getting them used to being haltered, working on desensitizing, and leading.
The horse I am working with is a 7 month old red roan filly named Reagan. She has a lot of energy which seems to make her pretty stubborn. I am still learning and figuring out her personality. With only a week I can see how much she trusts me.
Day 1: We separated the babies from each other. Reagan was not very happy with this. She was more focused on what the other horses were doing. Since Reagan was also not used to a halter she would toss her head. One of the first things we worked on is giving into pressure. This is important to try to make the training as blackand white as possible when they are just learning. If we release the pressure too late, just right, or too soon can make all the difference. As soon as she moves towards me when I pull on the lead is the moment I need to release. Other students were able to get their horses to start understanding the concept of leading. Sadly we weren't one of those people. This was the first day that I worked on getting her used to being touched everywhere.
Day 2: After not having a few days of class the babies were a little riled up. Al lot was changing in such a short time. Reagan was moved from the pasture to an invidual stall. At the same time her feed was changed and she was starting training. Getting her halter on was the easy part, leading her away from the stalls and to the out door arena was another story. She was doing circles around me and stalling out on our way over to the outdoor arena. I let her do this because she was going in the direction that I wanted her to. She also started to push against me to rub on me and just when we are walking. (This is not the correct way to do it). I was nervous about trying to control her because I want her to listen and be respectful, but at the same time I don't want to be too aggressive with her yet. With the help of my teacher I was able to understand and find the balance of what I should be doing. This day we worked on getting her used to the rope. I would swing it in circles beside me until she would relax and then I would stop. This also is based on the pressure/release method. When she relaxed from the pressure I was putting on her I would stop as a release. Reagan picked up on this quickly because by then end I was able to swing the rope over her and have the rope touch her legs without any drama.
Day 3: This day she was a lot better at leading but both of us has somethings to work on. She has become more comfortable with me haltering her and rubbing her down. On this day we worked on just starting round-penning. We learned about where we should stand, how we should hold the whip, and the difference between asking and commanding. The point of doing this was to gain their respect by getting them to move their feet. In the wild horses show dominance by how one horse is able to move the others around through body language. We also continued to rub her down to get her comfortable.
Day 4: Since the weather wasn't the best the teacher has us put the babies in the hot walker to keep up their conditioning. To get from the stall to the hot walker was the most calm walk we've taken so far. She respected my space and when she started to get in my bubble I would let her know. She wasn't trying to race past me either which was good. She was a little timid getting through the gate for her section in the hot walker but once inside she was fine. My smart a** filly figured out how to sneak under the barriers separating her between the horse in front of her. Luckily the colt didn't like her being their and started kicking her. I think from then she decided not to try it again. We separated her again and watched the babies interactions with the walker and their paces. (Some lazier than others). After 15 minutes we weighted them on a scale to monitor their progress and growth through the semester. Reagan weighs 464 lbs at 7 months of age.
Check back next weekend to read about the progress we are making as a team in class.
So this week my summer session is about to end. In a few weeks begins the real fun. I am so excited to start getting into my classes that are focused on my major.
This semester I am taking a class where I am assigned a foal that was born early this year to begin its training. I have done a little bit of training here and there but this time I will start with something brand new. With this class I will have a more constructive way of teaching and it will be more consistent than what I have done in the past.
Due to this, I am excited and nervous. With the little experience I have with actual training, I don't want to mess up. I do understand that there is a growth period with training, but I want to be one of those people who are just a natural at it. Training horses has been my dream since as far as I can remember and this class will truly tell me if I am cut out for it.
I am also going to mention that next this upcoming semester I will be taking a class called animal genetics and breeding. This class is going to be an interesting direction for me. I never thought I would be taking a breeding class. As mentioned before I have always been interested in the training side. This class will take me behind the scenes of what goes on in the breeding side.
I'll keep you guys updated on my classes and the progress I've been making. Wish me luck! Muah!
One of the riding horses here at USU.
Today my mother sent me an article that showed what proper training and teamwork between horse and trainers can make a difference in a bad situation.
Here's what happened, during a show the Budweiser Clydesdale team was consisted of 8 horses attached to a wagon. While performing a series of difficult tasks, there was a shocking surprise. One of the clydesdales slipped causing two others to fall and get stuck under the equipment! Instead of what you might expect (the horses freaking out and others getting injured) the unexpected happens. The horses stop dead in there place and remain calm while the trainers race to rescue the stuck horses. It was amazing to see how good training of these horses lead to an amazing result.
After about 5 minutes the trainers were able to help the horses without any injuries. When training an animal you develop a bond. In this situation it took a lot of trust between horse and trainer. I hope that when I am able to train horses I can develop the same bond.
Here is the article with the video of what happend that was sent to me: