I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
Get Tough! Today Maddy came pretty un-glued. She did "ok" with the farrier. By that I mean her back feet were trimmed today, but it wasn't pretty. She was barely holding herself together the whole time. Andrew the farrier said he even found himself holding his breath. She had a hard time holding still even as he approached her. It is frustrating to see that. I felt like she was doing really well, but I need to do a lot more work. After the trim, she was a quivering mess, so we started our Monday lesson with some friendly game. We took it up a notch in sound and feel and she just lost it. Danced from one end of the arena to the other. Michelle said, "Julie, this horse is NOT desensitized to this!" To me, this is square one and we are right there again and I feel really defeated. She just could not stand still for anything, and she got herself worked into such a lather. After about an hour, she calmed down, but still twitching all over. I thought we were over this, but here we go again. Michelle says I walk on eggshells around her and I know I do, so I need to change this and demand more of her.